About half a year before my trip to the US, I was listening to NPR and happened to hear about Lotusland, a large garden in Santa Barbara. It sounded interesting and after looking it up online, I asked my aunt if she had ever been. She answered she hadn’t even heard of it and would book tickets for us to go on a tour.
The Polish opera singer and socialite Ganna Walska bought the property in 1941 and spent the rest of her life creating the gardens. There are many different gardens, e.g. Cycad Garden, Fern Garden, Japanese Garden, Water Garden and each is spectacular. A path connects the gardens seamlessly.
Each garden has its own atmosphere: the Bromeliad Garden is dense like a jungle, the Fern Garden moist, the orchards emanated the smell of citrus. I love gardens, but there is one type of garden I don’t particularly care for- cactus. The funny thing is, in the desert I adore cacti. I think they are such interesting plants with beautiful flowers and fascinating forms. This garden was an exception and I couldn’t stop photographing them.
The area around the house has more formal gardens with a rose garden, an olive allée and a pool. And then there is the water garden where the lotus grow that gave the garden its name.