Historic Preservation/Restoration

Field Session

FS-006 - Ganna Walska Lotusland: 37-Acre Historical Estate and Spectacular Botanical Plant Collection

Friday, October 20
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Visit Ganna Walska Lotusland, named one of the 10 best gardens in the world, home to more than 3,000 exotic plant taxa from around the globe, designed and built with horticultural passion and avant-garde style by an extraordinary woman. View the famed Japanese Garden during current renovation construction.

$195 per person; includes transportation, bottled water, and catered lunch. Extensive walking.

Learning Objectives:

Paul Comstock

Comstock Landscape Architecture, Inc.

Formerly the Director of Landscape for Walt Disney Imagineering, Paul Comstock's landscape design influence spans the globe. His designs reflect a unique level of pan-geographic experience, natural artistry and cross-cultural creativity. From Himalayan mountain peaks to equatorial seas, expansive deserts and lush jungles, Paul has traveled to more than 90 countries on botanical expeditions collecting stunning, rare, and hidden wonders of the plant kingdom to be incorporated into themed environments, public and private parks, resorts, stadia, and theme parks around the world . Paul is head of Comstock Landscape Architecture, Inc., a design and planning practice in Malibu, CA.


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Derrik Eichelberger

Founding Principal
Arcadia Studio

Derrik Eichelberger is a founding principal of Arcadia Studio and has been a landscape architect since 1986. His experience as a designer has been cultivated by work on a wide range of projects throughout California. Trained first as an historian, before receiving his Masters degree in Landscape Architecture, Derrik maintains an ongoing interest in California architectural history and has been involved in restoring projects originally designed by George Washington Smith, Carlton Winslow Sr., Reginald Johnson, Bertram Goodhue, and Lockwood de Forest Jr. He is currently collaborating with ComstockLA on the renovation of the Japanese Garden at Lotusland in Montecito, CA.


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Gwen Stauffer

Executive Director
Ganna Walska Lotusland

Gwen Stauffer is CEO of Ganna Walska Lotusland, the incomparable estate gardens of opera diva Madame Ganna Walska, since 2008. Before that, Gwen served as CEO for New England Wild Flower Society, Massachusetts; CEO for Callaway Gardens, Georgia; and Deputy Director of Hillwood Museum and Gardens, Washington, DC. Gwen specializes in the leadership of public gardens, (M.S. from University of Delaware), historic preservation and restoration, sustainable horticulture and building operations, and site-specific art exhibits.


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FS-006 - Ganna Walska Lotusland: 37-Acre Historical Estate and Spectacular Botanical Plant Collection

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