Have you guys ever heard of Lotusland?  It sounds incredible.  In 1941, Polish socialite and Opera singer Madame Ganna Walksa purchased the estate Lotusland in Santa Barbara and dedicated her life to turning it into a whimsical botanical garden.  Since her death in 1984, the garden has been left to the public, and it boasts a butterfly garden, an aloe garden & a cycad garden, for which she auctioned off a million dollars worth of her personal jewelry collection to finish before she died.  The place sounds enchanting, and since I've been dying to make weekend road trip to Santa Barbara, 
I just made reservations for their Cacti & Cocktails event on June 11.  
Hooray for gardens and good weather!

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