7835995770_fb26240001_zFrom the Hearst Castle to the Scarface Mansion, Southern California is home to an abundance of attractive estates. One of Santa Barbara’s local favorites is known for its remarkable garden and a world of attractions as intriguing as its name. Here are five reasons to visit Lotusland.

The Gardens

First and foremost, Lotusland is renowned for an exceptional series of gardens featuring over 3,000 plants from all over the world. Walk through a green archway in the Australian Garden, relax by azaleas and redwoods in the Japanese Garden and smell the ripening lemons and limes in the Orchard.

Ganna Walska

This late Polish opera singer was the owner and creator of this flower-filled estate. Learn about her six husbands, theatrical attributes and passion for gardens while taking a tour of Lotusland.

Lotus Flowers

These cyclical wonders inspire the name of the garden estate and grow all around a reappropriated pool. Among the thousands of flowers and plants in the grounds, the lotus flowers are amongst the most majestic.

Events

Guests can enjoy Lotusland with some extra fun at one of their many public events. Twilight tours feature wine and light hors d’oeuvres, Music in the Garden brings renowned ensembles and solo acts to the estate, and Exceptional Plants is a Lotusland auction and sale curated for garden connoisseurs.

FLOCK: Birds on the Brink

This contemporary art exhibit is curated to raise awareness of the current decline of wild bird populations around the globe. Bird-inspired mixed media installations set about in garden settings makes the aesthetics of the display as captivating as its political agenda.

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