Lotusland, also known as Ganna Walska Lotusland, is a public garden extending across more than 35 acres on what was once the private estate of Madame Ganna Walska, a Polish opera singer and socialite who dedicated the last 40 years of her life to cultivating spectacular collections of exotic plants. After her death in 1984, Lotusland became a non-profit botanical garden and opened to the public in 1993. There are over fifteen seperate gardens here, including an aloe garden, a blue garden (consisting only of plants with a blue or silverish hue), a butterfly garden, a fern garden, a Japanese garden... the list goes on and on. There's also an orchard, a water garden (to display the attraction's namesake flower) and a topiary garden featuring 26 animals, chess pieces, geometric shapes and a hedge maze. Note: Because Lotusland is located in a residential area, advance reservations are required to tour the grounds.
695 Ashley Rd
|Opening hours:||Guided tours at 10:30am and 1:30pm, by reservation only, Wed-Fri, Feb 15-Nov 15|
|Price:||Adults: $35; ages 5 to 18, $10; 4 and under, free|
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