Back to my visit to Lotusland last April...
The courtyard between the main house and the smaller pavilion (where Ganna Walska actually lived) was where we ate lunch during the Bromeliad Summit and where we exited to when breaks were called.
I imagine regular visitors could walk up here too, but I never have. I was seeing this for the first time.
Just outside the courtyard area was a bromeliad garden. I've spent plenty of time admiring the larger bromeliad garden (post yet to come) but had never seen this one...
It turns out that this was the first bromeliad area developed at the garden.
History of Bromeliads at Lotusland: Madame Ganna Walska enjoyed collecting exotic plants and in the 1950’s, bromeliads were not readily available. She purchased most of her bromeliad collection from Hummel’s Exotic Gardens in Carlsbad and from Fritz Kubish, owner of Jungle Plants and Flowers in Culver City. In the late 1960’s Kubish was hired to surround her residence in the Pavilion with bromeliads. This area later evolved into the Upper Bromeliad Garden. In the late 1970’s, overcrowded bromeliads were relocated by Charles Glass into the area now known as the Lower Bromeliad Garden and the collection was later rearranged and added to by Bill Paylen, who also designed and planted the Fern Garden. In 2004, the Dunlap Cactus Garden opened to the public and is home to several terrestrial bromeliads. (excerpt from the materials we received that day)
Pacific Northwest girl that I am I can't fathom being able to leave these plants outdoors year round. It just blows my mind...
There are 372 Taxa of 31 different Bromeliad Genera at Lotusland.
I waited and waited for that lady to move on. She seemed to be daring me to take her photo.
Off the back of the house...
If I had lion statuary you know I'd being doing this same thing.
Agaves! (there should always be agaves, whenever possible)
Sorry, I couldn't resist another.
Tomorrow we'll continue just a little further down that path and visit another "new to me" bit of Lotusland.
Weather Diary, Nov 10: Hi 55, Low 48/ Precip .01
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