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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 12:39 PM CST

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Took my Mom here last week, didn't know what to expect but the entry fee was high enough for me to check online reviews and they were all glowing. (need reservations prior to arriving, I called it in 2 days before.) It's a 37-acre estate and botanic garden created by Madame Ganna Walska, (interesting history http://www.lotusland.org/history.html ) who owned the property from 1941 until her death in 1984. Two docent led tours offered daily, 10 Am and 1:30 PM lasting approx. 2 hours. We were not disappointed, it was the highlight of our 3 day get away!
http://www.lotusland.org/welcome.htm

Garden map: http://www.lotusland.org/garden0.html
You start out in this courtyard with a beautiful tiled fountain and nearby gift shop.

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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 12:40 PM CST

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Love it!

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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 12:44 PM CST

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I wanted this bench & table, and everything on it!

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 12:44 PM CST

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Cute!

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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 12:45 PM CST

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Doorway to gift shop and garden beyond.

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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 12:49 PM CST

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Wide path lined with agave attenuata

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Region: California Plant Database Moderator Roses Irises Clematis Garden Photography
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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 12:51 PM CST

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We walked through a section that was thick with shaded tropical plants, you could swear you were in the jungle somewhere!

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 12:53 PM CST

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Bad shots as the sun was shining right on my lens but I wanted you to see how they hung these large planters with epiphyllums everywhere

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 12:54 PM CST

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Stag fern

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Hand sewn wares and vintage finds in my Etsy store. Summer Song Cottage
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 12:57 PM CST

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"Thought to be the most complete collection of cycads in any public garden in the United States, Lotusland has over 400 mature specimens of cycads."

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 12:58 PM CST

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This is a beautiful 'blue' one, the color actually coming from a wavy type callus that is a like sun protection.

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Hand sewn wares and vintage finds in my Etsy store. Summer Song Cottage
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Region: California Plant Database Moderator Roses Irises Clematis Garden Photography
Cottage Gardener Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Bee Lover Butterflies Birds
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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 12:59 PM CST

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Looks dangerous, doesn't it?!

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Region: California Plant Database Moderator Roses Irises Clematis Garden Photography
Cottage Gardener Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Bee Lover Butterflies Birds
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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 1:00 PM CST

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This one had an interesting leaf structure, a specimen from So. Africa.

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Hand sewn wares and vintage finds in my Etsy store. Summer Song Cottage
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Region: California Plant Database Moderator Roses Irises Clematis Garden Photography
Cottage Gardener Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Bee Lover Butterflies Birds
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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 1:01 PM CST

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A bit too warm to sit here today.

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Hand sewn wares and vintage finds in my Etsy store. Summer Song Cottage
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Region: California Plant Database Moderator Roses Irises Clematis Garden Photography
Cottage Gardener Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Bee Lover Butterflies Birds
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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 1:11 PM CST

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Ms. Walska bought a large mass of green slag glass, a byproduct of glass bottle production Arrowhead Water bottles, and used them to line many of the paths.

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Hand sewn wares and vintage finds in my Etsy store. Summer Song Cottage
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Region: California Plant Database Moderator Roses Irises Clematis Garden Photography
Cottage Gardener Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Bee Lover Butterflies Birds
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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 1:12 PM CST

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Closer shot

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Hand sewn wares and vintage finds in my Etsy store. Summer Song Cottage
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Region: California Plant Database Moderator Roses Irises Clematis Garden Photography
Cottage Gardener Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Bee Lover Butterflies Birds
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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 1:13 PM CST

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Lots of little statues tucked in here and there, here's one in the succulent garden.

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Hand sewn wares and vintage finds in my Etsy store. Summer Song Cottage
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Region: California Plant Database Moderator Roses Irises Clematis Garden Photography
Cottage Gardener Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Bee Lover Butterflies Birds
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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 1:13 PM CST

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Another one.

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Hand sewn wares and vintage finds in my Etsy store. Summer Song Cottage
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Region: California Plant Database Moderator Roses Irises Clematis Garden Photography
Cottage Gardener Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Bee Lover Butterflies Birds
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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 1:14 PM CST

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Sedums and aloes

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Hand sewn wares and vintage finds in my Etsy store. Summer Song Cottage
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Region: California Plant Database Moderator Roses Irises Clematis Garden Photography
Cottage Gardener Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Bee Lover Butterflies Birds
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Calif_Sue
May 11, 2010 1:14 PM CST

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A bed of echeveria

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