The Inn Crowd, hosted by Craig Case and Chef Michael Hutchings, is delighted to present an episode at the fabled Lotusland in Santa Barbara, CA. Lotusland was developed by Madame Ganna Walska in 1941. Originally called Tibetland, it was intended to be a retreat for Tibetan lamas. In the late 1940s, she renamed the estate Lotusland and commenced a lifelong passion for exotic plants. The botanic garden features rare succulents, palms, bromeliads, cycads, euphorbias and more. It is considered one of the top ten botanical gardens in the world.
At the onset of her musical studies, Hanna Puacz took the stage name of Madame Ganna Walska – Madame was the customary title for well-known actresses and operatic singers in Europe, Ganna is a Russian form of Hanna and Walska reminiscent of her favorite music, the waltz.
Over the next decades she sang in New York and Paris and toured America and Europe, attracting the attention of audiences, critics, and gentleman admirers on both sides of the Atlantic.
She married six times, wrote her autobiography, Always Room at the Top, and continued to study both vocal music and spiritual teachings in search of creative fulfillment and personal enlightenment.
The Tibetan monks never appeared, and sometime later, after divorcing Bernard, Madame Walska changed the name of her estate to “Lotusland” in honor of the sacred Indian lotus growing in one of the ponds on the property."
Join us on The Inn Crowd Saturdays at 6:30 on ABC affiliate KEY channel 3. Please note that the air time my vary to as late as 9:30 during the football season. You may view the show on-line at the Santa Barbara News Press. Look to the right side of the web page for a link to the show. YTS Digital Films filmed and directed this show.
Put on your apron, grab your whisk, fire up the oven and get on your apron. I'll provide the recipes, the rest is up to you. See you in the kitchen.
Chef Michael Hutchings