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Ganna Walska in the blue garden 1958. Ganna Walska picking lemons, photo: courtesy Ganna Walska Lotusland

Polish-born Ganna Walska was an operatic singer so unsuccessful that her failure as a vocalist is near-legendary: it inspired a theme of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane and has been described in numerous books. But, after giving up on her short-lived career as a singer, she created Lotusland, a public garden considered one of the world’s most unique.

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