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Rare Plants on the Auction Block at Lotusland

Articles: Rare Plants on the Auction Block at Lotusland

[sidebar] More specimens of the three rare and interesting plants featured in this story will be offered September 21 during the second annual Exceptional Plants: Lotusland Auction and Sale. For more details about the event visit www.lotusland.org.[/sidebar]

In 2012, Lotusland held its first ever plant auction. Given Lotusland’s extraordinary plant 
collections, it is fitting that this inaugural plant sale featured rare, unusual, and very special plants. It also gathered together some of Southern California’s most knowledgeable plant and garden design experts. Many of the plants in the auction were propagated from Lotusland’s plants; reproduction of plants in the 
collection for distribution and replacement in the garden is an ongoing activity. Some of the rare and exceptional plants that were featured in the auction have interesting stories. Here are some of those stories.

A mature Mexican fan palm (Brahea nitida) at Lotusland. 
Photo: Virginia Hayes

Palms were some of the early exotic plants introduced to Santa Barbara and are some of the oldest plants in the collections at Lotusland, dating to Ralph ...

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