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Address: Cold Springs Road, Montecito, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Phone Number: +1 805-969-9990
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Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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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A fascinating place to visit

Such a beautiful garden paradise with a very curious story about how it came to be. Book a docent tour or become a member to really be a part of a unique place in Santa Barbara.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Knowledgable docent on a 2 hr easy walk through botanical gardens. Large cactus areas that can be quite hot. Possibly not a walk for those with medical conditions or who are heat- sensitive. Overall, not as impressive as The Huntington in Pasadena, but the rare cactus are a draw.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Such a beautiful garden paradise with a very curious story about how it came to be. Book a docent tour or become a member to really be a part of a unique place in Santa Barbara.

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Santa Barbara, California
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Lotusland is the botanical dream-come-true of opera singer Madame Ganna Walska. The various gardens are magnificent, and staff and docents are utterly dedicated and extremely knowledgeable. Don't miss any art exhibit running; they are always beautifully curated. Lotusland is a fascinating look into the lifestyle of a wealthy, mid-20th century celebrity with a penchant for the artistic and dramatic.

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Phoenix, Arizona
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The tours are amazing. You will be thrilled with the variation of all the different gardens. Santa Barbara has the ideal climate for plants and flowers of every kind. Most of these plants were brought from Europe and the collection is fantastic.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

the people working here are passionate the story is amazing i hope it doesn't become to popular. I have had the chance to see the lotus land over 3 times and it's always so captivating.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We are members of Lotusland and take out of town visitors there on a regular basis. For virtually all our friends, the trip to Lotusland is one of the highlights of their stay in Santa Barbara. It is not an inexpensive outing, but very worth it. In the arid drought-ridden landscape of California, LL is a green oasis. (They have... More 

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Portola Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We visited a an unfortunate time this year. It rained at Lotusland and the paths were mushy. I have visited Lotusland before and loved it. Weather makes a GREAT different.

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Palm Springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Over 30 acres of botanical exotics and landscape esoteria in Montecito. Call ahead to reserve a spot in a docent tour. I've done this twice and each guide has a unique perspective. The walks are easy and the pace is moderate. July is a better month for the Lotus blossoms, but there always seems to be something in bloom. Dramatic... More 

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This was a last minute find. I read about Lotus Land in the Santa Barbara magazine (I love doing travel-related research!) and immediately called to reserve. We became members ($125 for basic family membership) because it was less expensive than paying for four people, and I like the idea of supporting non-profits anyway. We were not prepared for the beauty... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Lotusland is a magical place. Spend a long, lazy day enjoying the unique gardens. The famous opera singer collected more than 7 husbands and plants from around the world. Take the whole family, but prepare to walk the gardens.

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Additional Information about Lotusland

Address: Cold Springs Road, Montecito, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Phone Number: +1 805-969-9990
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Open Hours:
Wednesday 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 45 - 45

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