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Lotusland

Cold Springs Road, Montecito, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
+1 805-969-9990
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Type: Gardens
Owner description: Lotusland is a globally reknowned 37-acre estate and botanic garden situated in the foothills of Montecito, California. It  is home to 3,200 different... more » Owner description: Lotusland is a globally reknowned 37-acre estate and botanic garden situated in the foothills of Montecito, California. It  is home to 3,200 different types of plants from around the world. The estate gardens were created by Madame Ganna Walska, who owned the property from 1941 until her death in 1984. The fascinating life and career of Madame Ganna Walska culminated with 43 years of designing unusual display gardens with exotic plants. In her writings she described herself as “an enemy of the average” – truly a woman of unique accomplishments, philosophies and imagination. Lotusland  is home to several extraordinary collections including rare cycads, cacti, palms and euphorbias. Additional gardens feature ferns, aloes, lotuses, water lilies, bromeliads and cactus garden with more than 300 species.Lotusland’s  philosophies addresses the ecology of the garden, employing management practices that promote the health of the individual plants and the garden as a whole. Reservations are required to visit. « less
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Santa Barbara, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

An exceptional estate of breath taking exotic plants and grounds,to explore nature in it's awesomeness.

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Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The garden was established as a gift from Madame Gana Walska and opened to the public in 1993. Twenty four acres with sixteen gardens can be visited by reservation Wednesday through Saturday from mid-November to February. If you like plants this is a must stop visit.

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Los Angeles
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

please arrange a visit here as reservations are necessary. unlike any other garden in the world with some rare plant species.

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Santa Barbara, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Created by a woman who was a fair opera singer, but specialized in marrying rich men. This garden has many different areas planted around themes and different types of plants. If you like gardens, this is a place you have to see. Limited access so call ahead.

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Santa Barbara
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you are into plants and beautiful landscape this is the place for you. Very unique tour and even the locals don't know it's there. Make reservations in advance though.

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Sonoma, CA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We were fortunate enough to have head about Lotusland before coming to Santa Barbara and made a reservation using their website. That is important as the gardens are a very popular attraction but admission is limited by the number of tours which are offered. Spectacular setting with and extensive collection of plants.

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Carson City, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The 2 hour tour through the lovely gardens was so interesting. Our guide volunteers in the gardens and was very knowledgable. The tour focuses on the gardens not the house. But there was a special exhibit in one part of the house so we get to see some of it. I enjoyed learning about the gardens and their development. Definitely... More

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toulouse, france
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

It is a very nice park but for $45 per person we were disappointed : the guide hardly explained anything about Ganna Walska, and his explanations about the vegetation were scarce and only for the viditors who were in the front. He didn't wait for the group to arrive to start talking. Disappointing !

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

My wife and I came here mainly at my request, since she's not a big fan of gardens, and I'm a keen photographer so thought this would provide some good subject matter. It turned out that she had an enjoyable time, and I had more camera candy than I could have hoped for! While pricey (we paid 90 bucks for... More

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San Francisco, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
32 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Incredible tour! Beautiful gardens with such amazing history. Book in advance, tours sell out quickly during Spring and Summer. LOTS of walking, make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Tickets are EXPENSIVE, but we felt definitely worth a one-time visit!

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