Thursday, March 15, 2012

Visiting Lotusland

One of my most favorite gardens, Lotusland, is situated in a beautiful residental area of Montecito, south of Santa Barbara. The gardens were the home of several prominent families throughout history, ending with its last owner, Madame Ganna Walska, who spent the last 43 years of her life transforming the grounds into what it is today. Its 37 acres house over 22 gardens of tropical & subtropical collections including rare cycads, cacti, palms and euphorbias.

These photos all show the front of the residence, showing off the incredibly large & interesting euphorbias & cacti along the front of the home. I am so struck by their sculptural beauty.

I was told that at one time the euphorbias grew all the way across the driveway & into the adjoining gardens.

Also viewing the cacti gardens, you get this wonderful sense of dramatic, sculptural forms and textures:

1 comment:

  1. Oh, Paula, I share your love if this sacred space. Thank you for these photos.