In July, Lotusland celebrated its namesake flower at its annual LotusFest, which drew nearly 200 individuals to the historic garden. Lotuses bloom primarily in July, but changes in weather and blooming patterns can make predicting the actual date rather tricky. Once lotuses bloom, the flower only lasts for two or three days. LotusFest allows members of the community to see these spectacular flowers at their peak. This year’s event took place on July 11.
The LotusFest included food, ranging from fine cheeses to sliders, as well as beverages from 15 vintners and five breweries. One local brewery, The Brewhouse, even created a lotus-infused beer specifically for the event. The Brewhouse’s brewmaster soaked lotus flowers for two days and used their essence to flavor the beer. While enjoying small bites and gazing at the majestic flowers, guests also had the opportunity to listen to live music.
Lotusland features more than 3,000 plants from countries around the world, and the lotuses remain one of the most popular attractions. The lotus flowers possess a distinct pinky-white coloration. Near the base of the flower, the petals typically have a white or even pearl-like hue. Gradually, the color changes and becomes more intense toward the tip of the petal, which can vary in color from a deep magenta to an intense purple. The flowers only bloom during the day and close back up at night.
The Lotusland water garden occupies what was historically the swimming pool of Ganna Walska’s estate. The pool was first constructed in the 1920s with shallow ponds along its flanks. Today, the water garden encompasses both the pool and the ponds. The pool features several different species of Asian lotuses, while the side ponds have various species and cultivars of water lily. Guests also have an opportunity to wander around the grounds and enjoy other areas of Lotusland, such as the succulent garden, butterfly garden, and blue garden.