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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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Cabo Corrientes, Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

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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Palm Beach, Florida
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121 reviews 121 reviews
8 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

we had a private, guided tour of this wonderful place. it has something for anyone with an appreciation for planting/gardening on a grand scale.

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Santa Barbara CA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Every visit has been different. No garden is the same from day to day. Lotusland is a tribute to one woman's extraordinary taste, passion, and fortune spent on beauty which at the end of her long life she gave For all of wus to enjoy. Friends always report this, and not me, to be the most memorable part of visiting... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
4 helpful votes 4 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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401 reviews 401 reviews
243 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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