Frank Fuji and Osvald da Ros; additions by Koichi Kawana
Open by reservation only: mid-February to mid-November, Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00 am and 1:30 pm
Membership in Friends of Lotusland include two free passes. Otherwise admission is $15.
Added to JGarden:
Ganna Walska wsa born Hanna Puacz in Poland. She changed her name when she was young to become Madame Ganna Walska, later the toast of Paris, New York and Los Angeles. Thanks to her six lucrative marriages, she became very wealthy and devoted much of her later life to the construction of the gardens on this site, spending millions of dollars and forty years to build it out. Lotusland is a 37-acre botanic garden located in the foothills of Montecite east of Santa Barbara. The Japanese-inspired garden at Lotusland is said to have been Ganna Walska's favorite sub-garden. It was inspired by her love of the culture and her favorite opera, Madame Butterfly.
The Ganna Walska Lotusland Foundation was established by Madame Walska to assume ownership of the property and operation of the estate after her death. The Foundationís goal is to preserve and enhance the plant collections, foster an increased knowledge of the rare plants at Lotusland, and contribute to conservation efforts world wide.
In order to preserve the estate character of the site as well as protect the rare plants housed there, tours of the site are limited. Preference is given for tours to members (Friends of Lotusland) of the gardens, but the limits on the annual number of visitors was recently raised to 15,000 and non-members should not have any problem arranging a tour. However, potential visitors are encouraged to reserve well in advance.
Dobins, Winifred Starr. California Gardens. New York: Macmillan, 1931.
Myrick, David. Montecito and Santa Barbara. Glendale: California: Trans-Anglo Press, 1987 (vol 1) and 1991 (vol 2).
Walska, Ganna. Always Room at the Top. New York: Richard R Smith, 1945.
Recall the vistas of various famous places, select what attracts you and add
your own interpretation. It is best to use this as a theme to design the whole
of the garden while adding just the right amount of changes. Sakuteiki trans. by Marc Peter Keane