Lotusland Mission Statement
To preserve and enhance the spectacular collections of exotic plants and the historic Montecito estate of Madame Ganna Walska, to provide public access to their remarkable beauty and diversity and, through interpretation of these collections, to foster increased knowledge and appreciation of the importance of plants and the need for their conservation.
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Annual Normal Precipitation:
17.9 in., 45.5 centimeters
Annual Normal Snowfall:
Mean Daily Temperature:
61° F, 16.1° C
Normal Minimum Temperature:
43° F, 6.2° C
Normal Maximum Temperature:
81° F, 27.1° C
Historic Low Temperature:
28° F, -2.2° C
Historic High Temperature:
108° F, 42° C USDA
The Horticultural Philosophy of Lotusland, which is centered around Sustainable Gardening practices.
Local schoolchildren are served by Lotusland’s Fourth Grade Outreach Programs
Information on how to obtain images and arrange press visits are available in the Press Room.
Lotusland is a Public Charity
When Madame Ganna Walska died in 1984, she left her jewel of a garden to the Ganna Walska Lotusland Foundation.
Upon opening to the public in 1993, Lotusland operated as a private operating foundation, as the majority of support was provided by one key asset: the endowment left by Madame Walska.
Lotusland has evolved so that now more than one-third of financial support comes from the public through charitable contributions, contributed membership fees and gross receipts from charitable activities. As a result, Ganna Walska Lotusland was reclassified by the IRS as a public charity in 2009.
Because Lotusland is a public garden operating in a private, residential neighborhood, advance reservations are required. Regular tours and Family Tours are offered at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday between February 15 and November 15.