Santa Barbara, California, July 1, 2016 - We are pleased to announce a $1.8 million grant from the Hind Foundation
to Lotusland’s Japanese Garden Renovation campaign, Restoring Body & Spirit. This generous grant will be used for
garden path modifications and accompanying retrofits, creating greater access for all visitors, especially those with
disabilities. This will allow access to the Japanese Garden and adjacent gardens, and to meet standards set by the
Americans with Disabilities act (ADA).
Lotusland’s President of the Board of Trustees, Connie Pearcy, said, “The Hind Foundation’s generosity helps us
move forward in accomplishing the important task of opening the Japanese Garden to those who might not otherwise
be able to experience the peace, tranquility and renewing nature of this wonderful environment. Their commitment to
Lotusland ensures that the Japanese Garden will be open and inviting to all individuals.”
Since the late 1800s several layers of history have been represented on the site where Madame Walska fulfilled her
unique vision for a Japanese-styled garden. Built in the 1960s within a deep earthen bowl, and around an existing pond
and path system, Walska created the largest garden at Lotusland. Her plans were implemented by stone mason Oswald
“Ozzie” Da Ros, and lead gardener and aesthetic pruner, Frank Fujii, and through their ongoing collaboration the
garden continued to evolve over the years.
Lotusland’s Japanese Garden is an important historical example of the type of Japanese-style garden built on American
private estates after World War II, and is the only Japanese-style garden open to the public between Los Angeles and
the Bay Area.
Lotusland’s Japanese Garden Renovation project will address these pressing needs:
• Repair the garden’s aging infrastructure including rebuilding and lining the pond, restoring original plant
collections, unify the historic layers, and address the current and future use as a public space, that all elements are
• Sustain Madame Walska’s vision for the garden and fulfill the uncompleted plans by her first and only
Japanese garden designer, Frank Fujii, to provide visitors with sweeping vistas, close contact with lotuses, and
intimate spaces to rest, relax and contemplate.
• Create greater access and safer paths for all visitors, especially those with disabilities, through the Japanese
Garden and adjacent gardens, and to meet standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
• Create gathering points along the paths for visitors to pause and experience the garden more deeply, and to
provide space for future programming that is currently not possible.
• Create an endowment, dedicated solely to the perpetual care of the garden, ensuring that Lotusland’s revived
Japanese Garden continues to provide visitors – now and well into the future - with a tranquil, meditative and