Summer Twilight Tour In Santa Barbara's LotusLand!

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One of our favorite places to visit in Santa Barbara is LotusLand.  This is the time of the year when the lotus is in full bloom.   Lotusland in Santa Barbara is the legacy of Madame Ganna Walska.  She was a Polish opera singer who bought a 37 acre parcel with a lovely Italian inspired villa and an adjacent 2 bedroom home in Santa Barbara in 1940 for $40,000.  What a deal! 

This year the Summer Twilight Tour with be held on August 19th, at 3:30pm-6:00PM.  This guided tour of 18 gardens is a great opportunity to view the colors of the blooms in the magical afternoon light.  The tour will also include wine and light hors-d'oeuvres on the geranium terrace overlooking the main lawn.  This is a lovely way to spend an afternoon in  Santa Barbara!

Admission is $70 for members and $80 for non-members.  Reservations are required.  You can call the Visitor Services at 805-969-9990.

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Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

When I was growing up in Hermosa Beach, my friends and I would pull gas money together and head up to Santa Barbara to surf Rincon and other breaks.  It still is a favorite destination for my wife and me.  

Jul 17, 2017 09:40 AM #7
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I've never heard of Lotusland! How beautiful! I'm sure I would love visiting if ever in the area.

Jul 17, 2017 10:07 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is drop dead gorgeous and if I was anywhere near this place I would be sure to make the pilgrimage.

Jul 17, 2017 11:35 AM #9
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

This would be such a lovely garden tour!  Enjoy!!!!

Jul 17, 2017 12:15 PM #10
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

How lovely, Alexandra and Ron! I never knew this place existed. I'd certainly make a point of checking it out if I was ever close by.

Jul 17, 2017 12:20 PM #11
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Ron and Alexandra Seigel, just looking at the pictures made me smile, would love to visit if I ever get a chance. $40,000??? Then again, that was back in 1940. 

Jul 17, 2017 01:26 PM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents The Cycads garden which are plants from the prehistoric area are worth millions of dollars alone.  She swapped her jewels for one of the plants.  A

Jul 17, 2017 01:38 PM #13
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

These Lotus blooms are just gorgeous.  I would love to tour these grounds.

Jul 17, 2017 01:56 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ron and Alexandra- I remember when you wrote about Lotusland years ago and wishing that we had one here. How beautiful is that flower!

Jul 17, 2017 02:56 PM #15
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Are the flowers with the tall stems the Cycads? Beautiful garden!

Jul 17, 2017 03:23 PM #16
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Ron & Alexandra - Lotus blossoms are spectacular and that sounds like a fabulous opportunity. I hope your week is off to a great start!

Jul 17, 2017 03:29 PM #17
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Steffy Hristova I wrote a post about the cycads two years ago.  It is rather sad, because all three of these plants will live, but never reproduce.  They were here when the dynosaurs walked...Each one is worth in the millions.  A

Jul 17, 2017 04:26 PM #18
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Ron and Alexandra Seigel ,

How enchanting! I've never hear of Lotusland..absolutely spectacular blossoms! Thank you for sharing.

Jul 17, 2017 06:41 PM #19
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

You do such a great job of showing off the Santa Barbara area of California Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Jul 17, 2017 10:37 PM #20
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning A.  So many places I've yet to see and sights to experience.  Sigh

Jul 18, 2017 02:14 AM #21
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Ron and Alexandra-  what could be a nicer setting and having wine and hors-d'oeuvres will make it delightful 

Jul 18, 2017 08:09 AM #22
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow!  The middle of that flower seems to glow!  I hope that your day is being enjoyed!

Jul 18, 2017 10:50 AM #23
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

This is good information to share. 

Beautiful photographs.

Jul 18, 2017 12:15 PM #24
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I love good flowers and good nature shots! This is a really good one with some really good choice photos

Jul 18, 2017 11:50 PM #25
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I wouldn't expect anything less from someone like you, my good sir! You always have such great shots of some other stuff! Roy Kelley

Jul 18, 2017 11:51 PM #26
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