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
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!