Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Ganna Walska Lotusland
695 Ashley Road, Montecito
Twilight Tour
Saturday, August 18th
3:30 pm

Come take a peek into the exquisite Montecito
Estate known as Lotusland.  Purchased in 
1941 by Madame Ganna Walska, 
(her stage name), a beautiful, romantic
 and extra-ordinary woman who led 
an exciting and extraordinary life. 

Beginning in Poland, traveling Europe and
America as an Opera Diva and settling in
Santa Barbara to begin the best of her creative

Married five times beginning with a Russian Count, 
 Madame Walska pursued her music career along 
with a blossoming interest in the realm of mysticism.
Restless in her pursuits she traveled to and from 
Europe to America and back again...playing out a 
most colorful music career, along with several
 unhappy marriages. 

Madame Walska followed her yoga instructor 
and final husband to California.
At his urging she purchased the estate which 
was destined to become Lotusland, named after
the gorgeous lotus lilies flowering in the original
lotus pond. Upon ending her very costly and unhappy 
marriage to her Yogi, she felt free at last to begin her
true life's work and build an amazing "Garden". 
She saw the lotus as a symbol of renewal and 
spiritual growth at this time in her life. To quote her;

"The monarch of all flowers, the unique lotus with
its sacred blossoms from which we derived the name of 
Lotusland for our estate."

Discover Madame's magical gardens during 
the twilight magical time of the day! Even Martha
Stewart found her visit to Lotusland amazing!

3:30 pm
Begin your walk with a stop at the Wall of Honor 
for a cool beverage in a commemorative 
Lotusland wine glass.

4:30 - 5:30 pm  
Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served on the 
geranium terrace, overlooking the main lawn.
Guest may choose to reserve a docent-guided tour 
or explore the garden on their own.
Member $55
Non-Member $65
Reservation Information
805 969-9990

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