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Ganna Walska Lotusland

aka Lotusland   |   Santa Barbara, CA   |  http://www.lotusland.org

Mission

Ganna Walska Lotusland's preserves and enhances the unique, historic estate of Madame Ganna Walska, cares for and improve its collections, and develops its conservation and horticulture programs, so they educate, inspire, and advance our understanding and appreciation of the importance of plants in our lives and in the life of the planet.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Ms. Rebecca Anderson

Main address

695 Ashley Rd

Santa Barbara, CA 93108 USA

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Formerly known as

Ganna Walska Lotusland Foundation

EIN

23-7082550

NTEE code info

Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations (C41)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Garden Operations and Public Tours

GANNA WALSKA LOTUSLAND'S PLANT
COLLECTIONS INCLUDE OVER 3,000 TAXA, INCLUDING SPECIES FROM
MEDITERRANEAN REGIONS AROUND THE WORLD, AND MANY ARE RARE, ENDANGERED
AND SOME EXTINCT IN THE WILD. COLLECTIONS INCLUDE CACTI, SUCCULENTS,
CYCADS, PALMS, FERNS, BEGONIAS AND CONIFERS. OUR SUSTAINABLE
HORTICULTURE SYSTEMS ARE BASED ON FULLY BALANCED, ECOLOGICAL SOIL
MANAGEMENT PRACTICES, WHICH REPLENISH AND MAINTAIN SOIL FERTILITY BY
PROVIDING OPTIMUM CONDITIONS FOR SOIL BIOLOGICAL ACTIVITY. OUR SOIL
PRACTICES INCLUDE GREEN WASTE RECYCLING THROUGH COMPOSTING, MULCHING
AND APPLICATIONS OF COMPOST TEAS, INSECTARIES TO ATTRACT AND SUPPORT
BENEFICIAL INSECT POPULATIONS, ORGANIC PEST AND DISEASE TREATMENTS AS A
LAST RESORT TO CONTROL UNACCEPTABLE OUTBREAKS, AND ORGANIC FERTILIZERS.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

FOURTH GRADE OUTREACH: WHILE THE COVID OUTBREAK INTERRUPTED CLASSROOM
FIELD TRIPS, IN THE 2021-2022 ACADEMIC YEAR, REGIONAL ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL'S FOURTH GRADE TEACHERS WERE INVITED TO SEND STUDENTS TO
LOTUSLAND TO REGISTER AND TAKE AN EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING TOUR ALIGNED
WITH THE GOAL OF STEAM KNOWLEDGE AND EXPOSURE WITHIN THE SETTING OF
LOTUSLAND'S 37-ACRE GARDEN CLASSROOM. IN 2022, LOTUSLAND'S FOURTH GRADE
OUTREACH PROGRAM WAS REIMAGINED AND ADAPTED TO INDIVIDUAL FAMILY TOURS,
AS SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS WERE SUSPENDED POST-PANDEMIC. WE MAINTAINED FREE
PUBLIC ACCESS FOR FOURTH GRADE STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. TRAINED
EDUCATIONAL GARDEN GUIDES MET STUDENTS, AND STAFF DEVELOPED A NEW JR.
BOTANIST PROGRAM GUIDE, INTEGRATING THE CA FOURTH GRADE CURRICULUM FOR
LIFE SCIENCES. STUDENTS AND FAMILIES TOURED THE GARDEN FREE OF CHARGE

Population(s) Served
Parents
Children and youth
Academics

Open Pathways is a mission-driven outreach program providing free admission and docent tours to people with special needs, physical challenges, illness, low-income people, seniors, at-risk youth, and those transitioning from homelessness. The program targets those who are unlikely to have access to critical cultural institutions. We have strong collaborations with a variety of local non-profit agencies, many of whom contact us to be included.

Open Pathways adds profound meaning and pleasure to each of these special visitors' experiences. Lotusland is a beautiful, tranquil respite that engenders a sense of physical well-being and healing to the soul. The cooling canopy of trees, the sounds of gurgling water fountains and the songs of birds, combined with the visual delights of the various gardens distract visitors from their day-to-day troubles, providing a calming, stress-reducing effect.

Lotusland is an historic community treasure. A collection of exotic plants, such as euphorbia, succulents, cycads, palms, cacti and ferns fill 37 acres, with winding paths leading visitors through unique garden features such as topiaries and a theater garden, among many others. Visitors learn about the history of the estate, the importance of plants to human survival and the need for their conservation, as well as sustainable horticulture practices, garden design and botany.

Lotusland operates under the guide of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP), which limits us to 20,000 visitors per year. We give back to the community, for free, up to 35% of these available revenue producing slots, or 6,000 to 7,000 visits, many from the Open Pathways Program. Because of the CUP, we are limited to two one-half days of Open Pathways on 18 days of each year. We are absolutely committed to sharing Lotusland, and these narrow operational parameters have forced us to be creative in developing the most meaningful ways we can share the gardens with the underserved in the Santa Barbara community.

Lotusland is creating an accessibility guide, and has installed accessible pathways throughout its newer and renovated gardens. Lotusland evolved from a private estate with narrow, winding paths to a public garden; we have made modifications to make paths accessible, creating ways for everyone to enjoy the garden, no matter their condition, without compromising the historic and aesthetic integrity of the garden.
We work with the Braille Institute to provide tours for the blind in touch friendly and fragrance-enhanced gardens. Additional Open Pathways partnerships are with Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara, Maravilla Senior Living Community, Friendship Manor, Veterans Home of CA, Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Services of Santa Barbara County, Fellowship Club, the Fighting Back Mentor Program, Los Prietos Boys Club, Girls, Inc., United Cerebral Palsy/Work Inc., Mental Wellness Center of Santa Barbara, Phoenix of Santa Barbara, Jodi House, Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter, SB Rescue Mission, El Patio Gardens Senior Community Apartments, Isla Vista Teen Center/Youth and Family Services, WIN Transition Program, Transitions Mental Health Association/Growing Grounds Farm, Luis Oasis Senior Center, Calvary Chapel Seniors, and Devereux. In 2016 we added Breast Cancer Resource Center, Cancer Center of Santa Barbara and SaBLE (Pacific Pride seniors).
Volunteers are rigorously trained as docents for these tours, a considerable effort and a real cost. Lotusland could not provide tours without docents. The Volunteer Coordinator conducts all training and tour scheduling for public tours and the Open Pathways program. Lotusland always needs more volunteers as more specialized public programs are added.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Lotusland’s sustainable horticulture program implements integrated pest management to eliminate toxic pesticides and fertilizers, using organic soil amendments, compost teas, mulches, and biological pest control. Funding supports staff to nurture our naturally balanced ecosystem, maintain over 90% reduction in disease and pests, increase available nutrients for plants, and teach local college horticulture students our practices. This ensures visitors and staff a safe and healthy environment. Lotusland shares this fully organic approach to horituclture with local ,regional and national organizations, including government agencies, botanic gardens and private homeowners. Lotusland also provides a sustainable horticulture internship annually.

Population(s) Served

Each year the IUCN publishes a list ranking thousands of plants as vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered, extinct in the wild or extinct. Botanic gardens play a crucial role in preserving these plants either in their native habitats or propagated in gardens.

Lotusland is is one such botanic garden and is home to over 950 species whose native populations are faced with habitat loss or over-collecting and are thus restricted from collection and international trade.

These plants are displayed at Lotusland to foster increased knowledge and appreciation of the importance of plants and the need for their conservation.

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Since opening to the public in 1993, Ganna Walska Lotusland has flourished into a world-premier botanical garden and center for horticultural education, sustainable garden practices, and plant conservation. Nestled across 37 acres of diverse and whimsical gardens and graced with historically significant Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, Lotusland is one of the Santa Barbara region's most cherished cultural institutions. An actual secret garden, Lotusland is a gem in Montecito, a destination for visitors worldwide, and treasured by plant and garden lovers everywhere.

At the heart of Lotusland lies a profound mission to preserve and enhance the unique, historic estate of Madame Ganna Walska, and to educate and inspire visitors with its collections, sustainable horticulture practices, and plant conservation. We exist to promote the connection of people to plant life.

Amidst the unrivaled beauty and extraordinary design that captivates all who wander through, Lotusland is more than just a scenic wonder. It is an inspiring hub for education programs that leave an indelible mark on the lives of young and old learners. With a vast botanical collection that boasts over 35,000 plants, encompassing more than 3,500 species, and nurturing hundreds of endangered varieties, Lotusland plays a crucial role in increasing the advancement of the knowledge and appreciation of rare flora and the need for their preservation.

For the past 30 years, our devoted and determined staff, volunteers, trustees, and supporters who share Madame Walskas legacy gardens role in public horticulture and education, have rallied to build and grow our organization into a thriving non-profit public garden. Our 2019-2026 strategic plan is focused on organizational capacity building for sustainability and making needed capital improvements to aging gardens and infrastructure. Lotuslands historic buildings are more than 100 years old and our gardens require consistent care, investment, and attention. To address these realities, we are focused on launching a new endowment and capital campaign, Lotusland Forever, which will help us make needed improvements to our aging infrastructure and establish a healthy endowment for our sustainable future, especially given the Countys restrictions on operating requirements, which prohibit our ability to earn income through tickets sales, which account for just 13% of our revenue.

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Ganna Walska Lotusland

Board of directors
as of 04/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr.. David Jones

Ganna Walska Lotusland

Term: 2023 - 2024

Connie Pearcy

Crystal Wyatt

Dan Bifano

Ex-Officio

Geoff Crane

Caroline Thompson

David Jones

Stephen Schaible

Merryl Brown

Mari Mitchel

Rachael Douglas

Rick Vitelle

Joseph Marek

Jeffrey Romano

Anthony Grumbine

Ron Caird

Elizabeth Patterson

Susan Cronin

Wendy Schmidt

Mark Schmidt

Lisa Bjornson Wolf

Laura Bridley

Jeanne Anderson

Ashley Adelson

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/25/2024

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
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Person without a disability

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