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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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Tucson
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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Santa Barbara, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Lotusland,located in Montecito California, is the former estate of a wealthy widow who was passionate about her gardens. Upon her death, she donated the land to the city on the condition that it be made available for public tours. She also established an endowment for the care and maintenance of the property. The grounds are immaculately kept as is the... More

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San Luis Obispo, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This place is amazing! The grounds are beautiful and it is a must see property. When my frind and I got back in the car to leave, we both looked at each other and said, "WOW!" Don't miss this place!

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Newport Beach, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I do not normally do tourist attractions but everyone kept telling me this is a must. I am in the business so I thought I should check it out! I also do not normally like tours but you can hardly call this a tour. You feel as if you are walking a friends property. The staff is very helpful

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Nottingham
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174 reviews 174 reviews
80 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I am not a particular fan of the guided tour but for Lotusland I make an exception. We booked an early tour as the place opened and there were only four of us in the group, the other two being a very nice couple from California and we were guided by the very enthusiastic and informative Tom. (Full marks to... More

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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Although you need reservations to visit if you're not a member, it's worth the wait. At every twist of the trail a new sight awaits. The vegetation is atypical of a botanical garden. Amazing collection!

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NY
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The gardens and tour at Lotusland are truly marvelous. We took the two hour tour and it truly was a memorable experience. The tour is very tiring but worth it. The plants inside the garden are so diverse, yet fit together so perfectly and tastefully. The gardens presented such an array of plants that one can only see here due... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Disappointed not to go------------saw Lotusland in a few books, decided it would be a nice place to visit, headed off on a Tuesday morning spent ages driving around trying to find it eventually passed a closed gate with a sign outside very poorly marked. Gate was closed there was a sign with a phone number called the number and were... More

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Fairfield, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Lotusland near Santa Barbara, California is one of the great gardens of the world but distinctly different from most gardens in its variety of biospheres and plant species represented. The garden is located in a moderate climate zone that allows plants from diverse areas to be grown in close proximity. The walk through the garden brings noticeable changes in temperature... More

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Redondo Beach, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Two hour tour of the most exotic gardens that had been created by a fascinating person-Loved the plants and the stories!

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