Lotusland Tour: Japanese Garden, Aloe Vera, and More!
Lotusland, in Santa Barbara California, is 1 of the most famous gardens in the world. See photos of the theatre & parterre plus the topiary & aloe gardens.
First, a couple of interesting tidbits to share with you before moving on to the visuals. According to one of my docents, Madame Walska could be quite impatient and had strong opinions and designs ideas of her own but would quickly soften. She gave her gardeners regular bonuses (I like that!) and bequeathed them in her will.
Another docent told me she never smiled in photos when she was married but did after she got rid of husband #6. After her opera career was over, gone were the spectacular outfits and endless jewels. Simpler gardening wear replaced all that and those smiles came when she was able to devote all her time to this garden. Names of plants did not matter to her by the way – just how they looked in the garden.
The stone figures in this garden were brought from her chateau in France. They’re curiously intriguing.
The roses in this garden are floribundas. Beautiful brick & stone work is the basis for the parterre.
The clock in this garden works. The mosaic is an example of the intricate stone work.
The pond is home to many large Koi.
There are over 100 species of Aloes here.
We’ll be doing one more post on Lotusland in a few days so be sure to check back for more photos and another interesting tidbit or two, shared by the docents, about the colorful woman who was the force behind the garden.
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