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The Ganna Walska Lotusland is a 37-acre nonprofit botanical garden located in Montecito, California. Popularly known as simply Lotusland, the area is also the historic estate of Madame Ganna Walska, hence the name. Madame Walska was a Polish opera singer and socialite. She purchased the estate in 1941 and created Lotusland for the next forty-three years. Madame Walska died in 1984. In the same year, Lotusland was converted into a nonprofit botanical garden, and it officially opened its doors to the public in 1993.

Lotusland is every garden-lover?s dream. The garden houses more than three thousand plants gathered from all over the world. Visitors can find various plant families in the garden, such as the palm, bromeliad, and cactus families. Succulent plant collections are also featured in the garden, with aloes as the most notable. Ferns are one of the garden?s most significant collections. Guests can find a total of 208 various plant families in the botanical garden.

Lotusland has its plant collection divided into eighteen gardens: the aloe garden, Australian garden, blue garden, bromeliads, butterfly garden, cacti and euphorbias, cactus garden, cycad garden, fern garden, Japanese garden, orchards, parterre, succulent garden, theater garden, topiary garden, tropical garden, water garden, and the water stairs and cypress all?e. The eighteen gardens, other than their unique collection of plants, also showcase artistic creativity through their exceptional designs.

Lotusland is not just a botanical garden. It has been a public charity since its opening in 1993, with more than one-third of its finances coming from the public through contributions, membership fees, and charitable activities.
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