Over the weekend my Granddaughter and I went on a short road trip up the coast to Santa Barbara. Our destination was Lotusland, a garden created by the talented, fascinating, and somewhat scandalous Ganna Walska.
|Original Peacock entrance gates|
The property was purchased in 1941 by Madame Walska, a former Polish opera singer and her sixth and final husband. Their marriage shorty ended but she lived on at Lotusland spending the next 43 years creating one of the world's most famous exotic gardens. Comprised of 37 acres it is divided into seperate spaces featuring cactus, succulents, a Japanese garden, cycads, aloes, ferns, palms, bromeliads, an Australian garden and of course the famous lotus pond.
Mosaic paths, shards of blue bottle glass edgings, antique statuary, and shells, shells, shells, adorn the garden.
|Zoe on the mosaic rock path|
The original house is located in the midst of the cactus garden.
Steps away down another footpath is the shade garden with it's huge baskets of plants cascading in grand and ethereal splendor.
In some parts of the garden you almost expect dinosaurs to appear...
...turn another corner and you happen on the lotus pond.
Years ago the original lap pool was filled in and converted to the lotus pond. The lotus had almost
finished blooming but the sea of seed pods was quite amazing.
Wouldn't this be a lovely place to have breakfast in the morning or sit in the twilight of early evening.
Madame Ganna Walska died at 97 in 1984 maintaining her passion for the garden up until the end of her life. Her last and final creation, the cycad garden, was financed by auctioning off her jewelry collection for a reported one million dollars in the late 1970's. After her death Lotusland became a nonprofit botanic garden. It is truly one of California's treasures.
We had a great day!