Hello There and Happy Sunday to you!
I just had to share a few of these beautiful images from the magical “Avant Garden” event I attended yesterday at the world renowned Lotusland, which blessings of all blessings, happens to be located right here in our very own little Montecito.
And what a stunning, splendiferous affair it was! The gentleman braved the heat as though in a Merchant Ivory film and all the beautiful ladies fully embracing the ‘avant garden’ theme betrayed not a hint of wilt.
This year’s honorary Gala Chair and Hostess with the Mostess was the amazing creator of “Santa Barbara Magazine” and “C” Magazine and all round force of nature Jennifer Smith Hale (who also happened to be wearing one of the most gorgeous dresses of the evening). Here pictured with that terribly plain couple Nacho Figueras and Delfina Blaquier. Thank God they have great personalities. (photo via C Magazine Instagram)
Throughout the gardens an exhibition of mannequins and live models all in Valentino .
But the true star of this event is always those gardens….OH, those gardens… they continue to grow more spectacular with every passing year. With thanks, not in small part, to events such as these that help raise the funds to nourish Lotusland in a way that no doubt would make Madame Walska very proud.
One of the few auction items last night was this diamond dusted triptych of Ganna Walska (1887-1984), actress, opera singer, garden visionary extraordinaire and creator of Lotusland. (and SO much more-there’s a link to another post I wrote about her a few years back at the bottom of this post)
The Lotus Garden
The famous shell lined pool
what else? Lotus chips with almond cheese and fresh flowers
Found my next car too. (Honey, it’s called a “Talbo” T A L B O )
Don’t know these two but they were adorable!
Me with Jennifer Smith Hale’s fabulous mom Anne Towbes. Love this lady.
Nati Smith, Jennifer’s sister-in-law looking completely fahbulous in the cactus garden
Beautiful Nijinskyesque dancers amongst the oaks
Roses from the garden and chunks of the turquoise bottle glass that lines the paths at Lotusland.
Camilla, Jennifer, Bui, and Elizabeth in Valentino. (I know I should have moved the wine glasses but where was I putting them?? btw, could we possibly have had any more empty glasses lined up?! :-0 )
With friends Kyle, Elizabeth and Anne.
Midsummer’s Night Dream
The lovely walk home, under the light of the moon, the rustling palms and Madame Walska’s music emanating from the Blue Garden.
*If you have an extra couple of minutes you might find this previous post I wrote about Lotusland and Madame Walska interesting.
Well…it’s so nice to chat again! I’ve missed you! I hope you’re loving your summers so far (and winters in other hemipheres)
Only two more days till we greet August. I hope it’s going to be slow and sweet, don’t you?