Arcadia tapped to renovate Lotusland's Japanese Garden

By Justin Dullum

Derrik Eichelberger, Principal at Arcadia Studio has been selected to assist with the renovation of the Japanese Garden at Lotusland in Montecito. One of Madame Ganna Walska's last great projects, the garden was designed during the 1960's with the assistance of Frank Fuji and Ossie DeRos.


Derrik teamed up with Paul Comstock of Comstock Landscape Architecture in Santa Monica to create a team that understands the subtleties of Japanese Garden style and design, but which also has the historic sensibility to tread lightly on one of Ganna Walska's signature gardens at Lotusland.

Gwen Stauffer, Executive Director at Lotusland has described the project as the most significant renovation project at Lotusland since Madame's death in the early 1980's. The goals of the project are to improve the clarity and configuration of the main pond to make it more attractive; to improve the path system throughout the garden in order to make it more accessible for disabled guests; and to restudy the garden as a whole to improve the relationship between the existing elements to make the overall experience of the garden the best that it can be.

Work on the preliminary plans began in January and are near completion.