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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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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Beautiful, peaceful, usually not too crowded. If you love plants... This is it! Nothing to dislike, really.

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Santa Barbara, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This private garden has something for everyone, it is lush, extravagant, eccentric, enchanting, not to mention many very unique including some nearly extinct plants. If you are a botanist or not, you won't be disappointed. The creator of this garden has a story of her own which will be of interest to some but to me that is the side... More

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Santa Ynez, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Like no place you have ever been - this is an amazing garden where you can find a lots of beauty, whimsy and peace of mind.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

First off, you need to reserve in advance as they only have a limited number of people (well, actually cars) per day. It is a bit pricey as far as museums/gardens go, but you are not going to ever see another garden that compares to this treasure. While some times of the year are preferable - summer for the lotuses... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Don't miss the docent tour. You will learn a lot. Many different gardens. Very impressive. The George Washington Smith building is not open to the public.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Only take limited number of cars per day. Looks very interesting from the outside. so be sure to book in advance.

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Singapore, Singapore
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117 reviews 117 reviews
29 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A docent took us around the botanic garden and before we knew it, two hours had gone by. We were a wee bit too early for the lotus. We saw some, but we noticed a lot of buds ready to bloom in one to two weeks. As the saying goes: "you learn new things everyday", we learnt the difference between... More

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Atlanta, GA
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

During my family reunion, we busted Lotus Land with 11 of us from age 6 to 84 years. Everyone enjoyed and was delighted. We didn't have a docent to guide us but enjoyed the beauty nevertheless. Two kids, 6 and 9, were as engaged and interested as the adults. They especially loved the pond with fish and the seashell "chairs"... More

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Arroyo Grande, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Wear comfortable shoes ( you walk for 2 hours ) and have water. It was a rare 100 degrees that day which made it very difficult, but the docent was great, and everything was so interesting !

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Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Our docent, Susan, provided detailed information about the property, plants, and also Madame Walska. Our small group of nine walked the many gardens in two hours and never tired of the wonderous varieties of plants and history of the timeline of the gardens.

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