Back in September, we took our second tour of Lotusland. We learned about Lotusland from a Sunset magazine article many years ago. It is a tour de force that reflects the eccentricities of its founder, Polish-born opera singer Madame Ganna Walska. The socialite, who married and divorced six times, spent 43 years planning and planting her magnificent garden. The 37-acre property is located on a quiet street in Montecito and is definitely worth a visit even if you aren’t an avid gardener. Let’s start the tour.
A beautiful citrus arbor provides welcome shade.
A nod to traditional Italian garden design with an added twist.
From this porch, the Madame would give daily instructions to her gardeners.
A little whimsy is an added bonus in such an eclectic garden.
Love the shape, texture and colors of these cast offs.
A gorgeous arbor that greets you at the end of the tour.
Next week, I will share more photos of the succulent and cactus gardens which are quite astonishing and out of this world. For more information, please visit www.lotusland.org.
Gardens are poems, where you stroll with your hands in your pockets. – Pierre Albert Birot