On September 16, from 2-5pm Lotusland is celebrating 30 years as a public garden with a special event known as “Lotusfest.” Sip and savor some of the best beer, wine, and food the Central Coast has to offer while enjoying live music on the Lotusland’s Great Lawn from The Kicks Reggae. You can also spend the afternoon wandering the world famous garden. Guests will receive a commemorative tasting glass to take home.
General Admission: $150 members or $185 non-members
Designated Driver: $100 members & non-members
VIP Patron Ticket: $300 members & non-members
VIP Parking Add-On: $35
Participating vendors include Summerland Winery, Potek Winery & Municipal Winemakers, Tilden Cocktails, Tercero Wines, Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Kimsey Vineyard, Island Brewing Co., Whitcraft Winery, Jaffurs Wine Cellars, Casita de Bravo, Santa Barbara Winery & Lafond, Jardesca, Jonata & The Hilt Estate, Casa Dumetz Wines, T.W. Hollister & Co., Brass Bear Brewing & Bistro, Silver Wines, Third Window Brewing, Tatomer, Beckman Vineyards Beckman Vineyards, Dusty Nabor Wines, Finch & Fork Restaurant, Piazza Family Wines, Donnachadh Family Wines, Jessica Foster Confections, Storm Wines, Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyards, Get Shucked Santa Barbara, Sanguis Winery, Fess Parker Winery, Drink Ysidro, Pacific Pickle Works, The Lark, La Paloma Café, il Fustino, Juice Ranch, Folded Hills, Loquita, Tamar, and more.
Ganna Walska Lotusland, also known as Lotusland, is a non-profit botanical garden located in Montecito. The gardens were created over four decades by opera singer Madame Ganna Walska, who owned the property as a private residence from 1941 until her death.
Growing up not far from the estate, The Restaurant Guy was fortunate to meet Madame Ganna Walska during her later years while helping out a grade school friend who was one of her regular gardeners. I remember she was very clear and detailed about what work she wanted done that day, even though she was in her 90s at the time. Lotusland was opened to the public in 1993.