Lotusland Newsletters

Lotusland has published a quarterly newsletter since the fall of 1992. The history of the property and the fascinating life of Ganna Walska are well documented in these writings. We encourage you to learn more about Lotusland through these newsletters. There are indices below for reference.

The copyright on these materials is owned by Ganna Walska Lotusland. For information on obtaining rights to republish a story, please call 805.969.3767 or send an email to info@lotusland.org.

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2021 FallEcological Gardening: A Model of Sustainability (Debra Piot, Ph.D &Corey Welles)
2021 Spring/SummerCycads: The Most Threatened Plant Group on the Planet (Paul Mills)
2021 WinterThe Spirit of Volunteerism (Volunteer Peggy Koegler)
2020 FallHow Gardens Heal Us (Nikki Evans, PhD)
2020 SummerLearning to Read the Book Mother Nature Gave Us (Lizzy Fallows & Corey Welles)
2020 WinterMadame Ganna Walska Portraits of an Era (Rose Thomas)
2019 FallPlant Conservation (Paul Mills)
2019 SummerJapanese Garden Opens (Gwen Stauffer)
2019 SpringConnecting People with Plants (Paul Mills)
2019 WinterOzzie Da Ros: A Lotusland Legend (Gwen Stauffer)
2018 FallA Timeless Masterpiece (Gwen Stauffer)
2018 SummerHow Lotusland Became Montecito’s World-Renowned Garden
2018 SpringUnconventional by Design (Gwen Stauffer and Rose Thomas)
2018 WinterCelebrating 25 Years
2017 FallExceptional Plants (Paul Mills and Gwen Stauffer)
2017 SummerCactus Garden (Paul Mills)
2017 SpringLotusland’s Nursery (Paul Mills)
2017 WinterMGW Scrapbooks (Rose Thomas)
Fall 2016Reginald Johnson (Rose Thomas)
2016 SummerLanterns in the Japanese Garden – Ishi Doro (Hulick/Hayes)
2016 SpringPassage to Lotusland – the main drive story (Hayes)
2016 WinterCycads – Living Fossils (Hayes)
2015 FallThe Sentinel of the Great Lawn – Monterey Cypress (Stauffer/Hayes)
2015 SummerThe Lotus Our Fascinating Namesake
2015 SpringJapanese Garden Restoration Project (Stauffer/Hayes)
2015 WinterFLOCK – Birds on the Brink
Fall 2014Birds of Lotusland
2014 SummerThe Development of Lotusland’s Horticulture Program – Mike Iven
2014 SpringEnemy of the Average
2014 WinterPeople in the Garden
2013 FallTopiary Endowment
2013 SummerRomancing the Garden – the husbands
2013 SpringBee: Pollination Partners
2013 WinterPress Photos of Madame Ganna Walska
2012 FallExceptional Plants
2012 SummerBlue Garden Renovation
2012 SpringThe Gavit Era
2012 WinterAloes
2011 FallR. Kinton Stevens
2011 SummerThe Diva’s Wardrobe
2011 SpringLotusland’s Fauna (birds, bobcats, insects…)
2011 WinterFourth Grade Outreach
2010 FallGiant Ants Invade Lotusland
2010 SummerTopiary Garden – 10 Years and Growing
2010 SpringEnemy of the Average – Ganna Walska
2010 WinterChange in an Aging Garden – Oak Comes Down
2009 FallPreservation Challenges at Lotusland
2009 SpringCharlie Glass in his Own Words
2009 SummerFascinating Ferns
2009 WinterRecreating the Cypress Allee and Water Stairs
2008 FallTrees at Lotusland
2008 SummerCourtyard Gets a Facelift
2008 SpringNew Executive Director – Gwen Stauffer
2008 WinterLook Up in the Sky (Chemnick)  birds
2007 FallLiving Fossils (Hayes) Dawn Redwood, Ginkgo, Wollemenia
2007 SummerMadame Ganna Walska: An Eclectic Collector – jewelry
2007 SpringChameodora Palms
2007 WinterLotlusland’s Orchards
2006 FallArchitects and Architecture at Lotusland
2006 SummerAgaves in Bloom
2006 SpringLotusland’s Theatre Garden
2006 WinterBromeliads (Hayes)
2005 FallWelcome New Director – Mike Bush
2005 SummerCactus Garden Dedication
2005 SpringGunnar Thielst: Ganna Walska’s Right-Hand Man
2005 WinterAloes (Hayes – Mills)
2004 FallExecutive Director Shares His Retirement Plans
2004 SummerCarol Valentine:Lotusland’s First Lifetime Honorary Trustee
2004 SpringThe Case of the Missing Mural
2003 WinterRight Plant, Right Place (Hayes)
2003 FallHorticulture Magazine Award for Garden Excellence – (Hayes)
2003 SummerMadame Walska and Antonia Crowninshield: A Prickly Friendship
2003 SpringMadame Walska:Cactus Collector (1941-1953)
2002 WinterNew Garden for the Dunlap Collection(Hayes)
2002 FallGoing Green (Timbrook)
2002 SpringInaugurates New Public Programs Department
2002 SummerThe Lotus (Hayes)
2001 WinterLotusland Best Management Practices – (Hayes)
2001 Fall“Madame, You Will Like Them” – A Conversation with Bill Paylen (Timbrook)
2001 SummerCycad Diary – In search of Ceratozamias (Hayes / Chemnick)
2001 SpringA Rare Opportunity – The Dunlap Collection Comes to LL (Timbrook)
2000 WinterDynamic Dirt (Hayes)
2000 FallKids in the Garden
2000 SummerMadame Walska’s Topiary Garden (Amanda Jones)
2000 SpringBegonias (Hayes)
1999 WinterRalph Tallant Stevens: A Legacy of Landscapes (Timbrook)
1999 FallGetting to the Root of the Problem: Cycad Garden Restoration (Hayes)
1999 SpringGanna Walska’s Japanese Garden (Hayes)
1998 WinterThe Shell Pond (Hayes)
1998 FallExtraordinary Specimens and Their Collectors (Hayes)
1998 SummerFrom Calvary to Nirvana: Madame’s Tibetland and the White Lama (Eastman)
1998 SpringThose Fascinating Air Plants (Timbrook)
1997 WinterThe Next Step: Biological Sustainability (Lafleur)
1997 AutumnPioneering Plantsmen of Santa Barbara (Eastman / Freeman)
1997 SummerWater Lillies: Lotusland’s Exotic Aquatics (Hayes)
1997 SpringExotic Flora of Mediterranean Regions (Hayes)
1996 WinterThe Garden of Imagination – Concretions (Freeman)
1996 AutumnCapturing Beauty: A History of Photography at Lotusland (Eastman)
1996 SummerHistory and Horticulture Preserved in Montecito’s Great Estates (Eastman)
1996 SpringTree Care at Lotusland (Hayes)
1995 WinterCuesta Linda & the Gavit Era (Sharon Crawford)
1995 AutumnFocus on Mexican Plants (Timbrook)
1995 SummerSpanish Moss (Timbrook)
1994 WinterBirds at Lotusland (Timbrook)
1994 AutumnThe Conifers of Lotusland (Bruce Tiffany)
1994 SummerIn the Shade Garden (Hayes)
1994 SpringPalms in the Landscape (Timbrook)
1993 WinterAloe Garden Surprises
1993 SummerWe’re Open
1992 AutumnThe Legacy of Ganna Walska – New Visitor Center