Ganna Walska Lotusland CEO Retires

By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   December 26, 2019

Gwen Stauffer’s eleven-year stewardship of Lotusland will be remembered by many achievements, most recently the completion of Lotusland’s Japanese Garden renovation. Lotusland’s Board of Trustees has named Rebecca Anderson, currently the Garden’s Director of Philanthropy, as Lotusland’s Interim Executive Director. “We are all very excited to have Rebecca help lead the organization moving forward,” said Dan Bifano, Lotusland’s Board President.

Rebecca Anderson has been named as Lotusland’s Interim Executive Director

Nestled in the heart of Montecito, Ganna Walska Lotusland is a botanic garden that has been recognized as one of the top gardens in the world many times over and has been featured in VOGUE Living, Martha Stewart LIVING, The Plantsman, Garden Design Magazine,Los Angeles Times, Architectural Digest, Condé Nast, and others.

Lotusland operates under a Santa Barbara County Conditional Use Permit which places a strict formula of operation, requiring closure from Mid-November to Mid-February, restricts hours and limits the number of annual visitors. Lotusland is one of Santa Barbara’s most treasured cultural resources, attracting visitors from next door and across the globe.

Lotusland’s mission is to preserve and enhance the unique, historic estate of Madame Ganna Walska, care for and improve its collections, and develop its conservation and horticulture programs, so they educate, inspire, and advance understanding and appreciation of the importance of plants in our lives and in the life of the planet.

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