Self-guided tours , and for AM visits and , and for PM visits. Group tours available. A series of gardens, with subtropical and tropical plants from around the world, draws the visitor from surprise to surprise on the two-hour docent-guided walking tour. The tour includes both horticultural and historical information. There will be time to visit the Garden Shop at the end of the tour.
The daily progress of the Kincade Fire is charted in the following figure. My home, in Oakland, was in this blackout. The winds died down on October 25, and my power was restored for a day; but this was not so in the blacked-out areas of Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties and possibly also Marin County, and numerous counties further north. A mph kph wind gust was recorded at Pine Flat at 3, feet meters elevation, at 8 AM on October There were and are many severe wildfires raging in California north and south during this time the Getty Fire in Los Angeles being one ; the Kincade Fire is merely the largest current wildfire in the state. The Kincade Fire threatened over 90, structures by October 30, have been destroyed and has caused widespread evacuations throughout Sonoma County, including the communities of Geyserville, Healdsburg, and Windsor. The majority of Sonoma County and parts of Lake County are under evacuation warnings. There are 4, firefighters trying to contain and extinguish the Kincade Fire alone. Some of these firefighters are prisoners. By October 28, power had been restored in my section of Oakland; it still remains off in most of the blacked-out territory in the northern counties October 30 , but I believe it is now slowly being restored in areas released from evacuation warnings.
Lotusland is in the 'mandatory fire evacuation area. We also took rare plants and our large truck and chipper. There are numerous fire trucks stationed on the perimeter of the garden and in close proximity. Here is a link to a map that shows the evacuations areas. Jump to. Sections of this page. Accessibility Help. Email or Phone Password Forgot account? Sign Up. See more of Ganna Walska Lotusland on Facebook.
It all started in Newly hired Lotusland chief executive Gwen Stauffer had a solution, but she knew draining the pond, lining the bottom and installing a biofilter would disrupt operations at the landmark gardens. Still, she thought: How hard could it be? As any homeowner knows, however, one improvement project leads to another. Soon the renovation ranged beyond the koi pond to include updating the Japanese garden with accessible footpaths and, eventually, building originally planned but never realized landscape elements such as a lotus-viewing deck and altogether new features like an enclosure of evergreen cryptomeria trees. But then came the deadly Thomas wildfire in And mudslides in And the heavy rains that brought not one but two more emergency evacuations to the area, the posh enclave of celebrity homeowners such as Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres. Since mid-June, visitors have been able to view both lotus and koi up close from the all-new deck over the glassy pond.