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Lotusland

Address: Cold Springs Road, Montecito, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Phone Number: +1 805-969-9990
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Lotusland is a globally renowned 37-acre estate and botanic garden situated in the foothills of...
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Owner description: 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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Franklin, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Lotusland boasts a very impressive array of botanical life. I'm no expert on plants, but it was definitely interesting to see and hear about the history if you are into that sort of thing. Our docent Marcia was particularly well-informed and a pleasure to have as a guide.

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Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

It was beautiful with my only complaint being that you cannot just walk-in. You have to set and apt.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This place must be seen. One of the most diverse and imaginative set of gardens with different types of plants, flowers and landscaping. The guides are very informative and helpful. Loved the cactus garden among others. It is well worth the money and so satisfying to the mind and senses. If you love, respect and admire natural beauty and can... More 

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Santa Barbara
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Truly a unique garden. It can be hard to get on a tour but it is an amazing garden and history lesson about a unique time in Santa Barbara history.

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Santa Barbara, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A very unique experience/garden. Need to plan ahead and make reservation. One of the Jewel of Santa Barbara.

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Dallas, Texas
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383 reviews 383 reviews
237 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This is not a one trick pony! Yes, it is a wonderful, unbelievable garden, but that's just the beginning. The story of the garden is just as amazing as the garden. We need a mini-series or movie about Madame Walska - now. The architecture on the grounds is interesting. The docents are remarkable. The way the history of the city... More 

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Dillon, Montana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I was in town for the weekend with the family and needed a few places to go for fun. This was great, I would choose to not do the guided option if that is available, it was a little much for the children. But the property is so amazing it should be seen by all ages!

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Santa Maria, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I have visited Lotusland 4 times and every time I have seen something different. Each docent has different stories to tell and points out something interesting. Every season has its own beauty. It is a wonderful place to visit.

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Lake Forest, California, United States
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75 reviews 75 reviews
32 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Ganna Walska's Lotusland is an amazing place. Each garden is gorgeous (my favorite was the cactus garden) and separate from the others. Each garden is like a surprise once you enter it. The ticket price is expensive for what you get, and our tour guide, who I believe was a volunteer, wasn't the greatest. She kept saying things that either... More 

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Tucson
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Lotusland is expensive but I felt well worth it. Absolutely beautiful gardens and they have not suffered from the Southern California drought as have many of the gardens in the area. Great two-hour tour by a very knowledgable docent. Glad to have read the Trip Advisor reviews that helped to cement our decision to go here.

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