Ganna’s Garden is the title of this face mask created by RIOS for The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) “Masks for Unity,” an online auction of masks designed by landscape architects, architects, and other design professionals that will take place June 15–29, 2020.
The healing power of plants grounds us in these challenging times. Our mask recalls a studio visit to Ganna Walska’s Lotusland, a spectacular botanic garden and dramatic pink villa in Montecito, California. In addition to the extraordinary collections and curiosities, Lotusland also maintains an assurance colony of plants, such as the ancient Wood’s cycad, that have become extinct in the wild. Madame Ganna Walska, a socialite and opera singer, lived a life of adventure before purchasing her estate and spending over 40 years creating a dazzling sequence of garden experiences. Her curiosity and generosity left us an important reminder of nature’s beauty and diversity.