From George Schoellkopf
Founder, Hollister House Garden
Trustee, Ganna Walska Lotusland
I founded Hollister House Garden in Connecticut to provide an important space for creativity and as a place for communion with nature. While I never had the pleasure to meet Madame Ganna Walska, I believe we share in our values and a vision for our communities to be enriched by our Garden. I have been a proud supporter of Lotusland since I learned of the garden nearly 20 years ago.
We are uniquely fortunate that Ganna Walska Lotusland – with its innovative style and daring feats of horticultural bravado – is right here in Santa Barbara.
Ganna Walska gave Lotusland to our community to educate, inspire and delight visitors. Today, it is one of our region’s most important cultural and environmental organizations and is widely known as one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. More than that, a visit to the Garden leaves us feeling tranquil and inspired.
It is our responsibility to build upon this legacy, to protect and enhance Lotusland and use it as a platform for teaching the importance of safeguarding nature and promoting life science education.
Just twenty-six years after its registry as a public garden, Lotusland has flourished because of you – our neighbors, members and friends. Each year, we invite you to help tend this exquisite natural treasure. Your generosity supports Lotusland’s operations, plant collections, educational and community programs for children and adults, and furthers critical conservation work to protect endangered plants across the globe.
Lotusland’s capacity to generate earned income from visitation is stifled by the highly restrictive parameters of Santa Barbara County’s Conditional Use Permit. Consequently, the Garden is dependent upon our members and donors to raise nearly two-thirds of the annual operating budget. Your tax-deductible gift makes all of the difference. Thank you for helping the Garden grow.