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Address: Cold Springs Road, Montecito, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Phone Number: +1 805-969-9990
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Description: Lotusland is a globally renowned 37-acre estate and botanic garden...
Lotusland is a globally renowned 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.
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Fascinating!

Not a typical garden! Lots of drama and really interesting to go through with a guide and learn. Highlight was all the cacti. Also loved the giant shells. Don't go if you're just... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Charlottesville, Va
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Charlottesville, Va
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88 reviews 88 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Not a typical garden! Lots of drama and really interesting to go through with a guide and learn. Highlight was all the cacti. Also loved the giant shells. Don't go if you're just looking for lots of flowers.

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Houston, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful venue. The woman that designed the gardens thought of everything and was an interesting character. Our guide Jeri was engaging and VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE. All of the docents/guides receive extensive training and it shows. Each garden had a different theme and no expense was spared by the original owner of Loutus Land. There were plants I had never... More 

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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

Best toured with a guide (they are so knowledgable- esp Lori!). Be sure to set aside 2+ hours. Interesting collection of plants, many rare species, from all over the world displayed in 37 acres of beautifully maintained and distinct garden settings. Story of the woman who created Lotusland, Madame Ganna Walska, just as entertaining!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The woman that had these gardens planted had eclectic and fabulous taste. No expense was spared in the design, from an outdoor ampatheate for private concerts, to a horoscope clock planted with different succulents, to the often photographed pool where the Lotus plants now reside. Every step was a beautiful photo opportunity. I went as a chaperone with a class... More 

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IPSWICH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

A very unique garden with a fascinating history. The docents are terrific. Opened Wednesday through Saturday and tours are 2 hours. Make your reservation and enjoy!

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Santa Clarita, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
5 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We heard it is difficult to get reservations, so were pleased when we scored at the last minute (made on Monday for Friday). I am not a great lover of gardens, but the tour mixes Madam Walska's passion for gardening with her passion for collecting husbands. Overall a wonderful afternoon with our docent, Harlis. He was well versed and told... More 

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California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

If you enjoy gardens, take the time to visit Lotusland. Advanced reservations are a must for entrance and a docent-lead tour.

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Albany, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The docent we had was more interested in talking about the founder of Lotusland, Ganna Walska, than the plants. She told us that she knew nothing about botany or science, but would email answers to us on any questions we had, which she did not do. She carried around, not a book with garden information, but a book full of... More 

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New York City, New York
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41 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

What a fabulous place with exotic plants beautifully landscaped. Very relaxing and special. Sometimes they host contemporary art exhibitions, which is how I first got to visit Lotusland. You could spend a day here and never be bored-- if you love plants. A Japanese garden is very evocative. Very expensive, but unequaled.

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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This is a must see attraction, even if it is pricey. Our docent, Barb, was excellent and the tour is quite long. Be prepared to be on your feet for over 2 hours; however, it is worth it. The gardens are beautifully maintained and have so many specimens. It is so quiet and serene there, even with several tours going... More 

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