Designed in 1919 by noted architect Reginald Johnson, the 8,800-square-foot Spanish-style mansion in California once housed the collections of Madame Ganna Walska, the gardenâ€™s creator. The front garden features Madameâ€™s oddly shaped cacti.
Serpentine succulents smother a pot in the garden. Walska was inspired by what she thought was beautiful -- so much so that she would drive around trawling for plants. If she saw a prized specimen in someoneâ€™s yard, she reportedly sent the chauffeur to the door offering to buy it.
The water garden features the estateâ€™s former swimming pool, which Walska made into a planted pond. In mid- to late summer, the eponymous lotus blooms populate this waterscape. There are hundreds of water lilies and Asian lotus plants growing in the water and -- legend has it -- the very first one blossoms every year on June 26, Walskaâ€™s birthday.
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