Lotusland Celebrates: Avant Garden

Posted on Jul 28 by SEASONS Magazine

 The time has finally come for Lotusland’s annual fundraising gala, Lotusland Celebrates: Avant Garden! This gala is one of the most anticipated events of the summer and eagerly awaited all year. The Ganna Walska Foundation hosts this annual party in support of the world-renowned garden and in memory of Ganna Walska herself.

In her early years, Madame Walska toured the world as an opera singer before eventually ending up in Montecito. She became fascinated with horticulture and garden design, putting all of her energy into what is now known as Lotusland. She was determined to collect the biggest and most exotic plants for her garden, and her unique eye created a dramatic and unexpected landscape. Lotusland is a non-profit botanic garden with several extraordinary plant collections that are spread out over the 37-acre property.

Ganna Walska, courtesy lotusland.org

In Lotusland Celebrates: Avant Garden, these gardens will provide a spectacular backdrop for the installations presented by iconic Italian fashion house Valentino. Afterward, guests will be treated to an elegant dinner on the grand lawn. Guests can also expect to see an array of Madame Walska’s costumes and pieces of her chic fashion collection, many of which have never been put on display.

As expected, this event has sold out but if you were unable to get a ticket you are still in luck! Tickets for the raffle and the after party are still available here. Raffle tickets enter participants in a chance to win a two-night stay at Belmond El Encanto for a luxurious staycation. The afterparty, La Dolce Vita, celebrates Valentino and Italian style at an enchanting private estate in Montecito. Indulge in the glitz and glamour, and dance the night away!

—Lohana Richmond

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