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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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Awesome botanical gardens

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Santa Clarita, California
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Santa Clarita, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
5 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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69 reviews 69 reviews
30 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
50 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Los Angeles, California
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We had a lovely tour through Lotus Land. Beautiful & relaxing. We learned a lot thanks to our tour guide. A must if you love nature & learning about plants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Very knowledgeable docents, beautiful place to visit, excellent selection of different kinds of plants that are laid out beautifully.

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Redmond, Washington
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

IF you're a fan of gardens, this one can NOT be missed. Not only is the garden beautiful, the history is amazing. You need reservations so if you're visiting Santa Barbara, make them well in advance. It's soooo worth it.

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Santa Barbara, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Rare plants, fountains, garden design, architecture, topiaries, lotus flowers, cactus, ferns, pools, ponds and an amazing sight around every corner. Really a great place to spend a couple of hours walking in paradise.

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Cabo Corrientes, Mexico
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I’ve heard amazing things about Lotusland for years and wondered how a visit there would live up to my high expectations. I was truly impressed with the charm of the place, its design and character, and the quality of care for its plants and facilities. An opportunity to speak with Lotusland’s Executive Director, Gwen Stauffer, revealed just how much the... More 

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