while in santa barbara i had the pleasure to visit the beautiful lotusland in the montecito hills.
the garden was founded and designed by madame ganna walska, an eccentric and awesome 6x times wed opera singer with a taste for the unusual in horticulture.
this place is magical- 37 acres of wonderment and rarities, plants i've never seen or even heard of!
aloe trees, a 'la dr. suess
crazy varieties of palm
more unique aloe
a wading pool with a fountain made from an almost now extinct kind of shell from africa
my first time seeing a real live lotus!
sister. i love you.
so many cacti!
a weeping willow style cactus
madame's pool looks so inviting. more rare abalone shells
madame walksa herself
fern trees looking so prehistoric
one of my favorite scents happens to be the most poisonous thing ever- angel trumpet.
haha this flower is rare and blooms for only a short time, yet can't remember what it is...
a small redwood tree
stone designs on the garden floor
the blue garden
i love succulents
water runs everywhere in the gardens- you can always hear a trickle.
the hugest clock i've ever seen
madame wanted a blue garden. the gardeners said 'it can't be done!' madame proved otherwise! ;)
the incredible cycad garden. one of the largest collections of cycads in the world! dinosaurs ate these plants, making them millions of years old. wow!
the rainforest garden
the japanese garden
a great spot to meditate!
i can't wait to go back someday. hope your eyes enjoyed this little treat!