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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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The volunteers/staff at the entry gate were quite odd but the docent that gave us our tour very delightful and knowledgeable. This is a garden that all visitors to Santa Barbara... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Carlsbad, California
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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The volunteers/staff at the entry gate were quite odd but the docent that gave us our tour very delightful and knowledgeable. This is a garden that all visitors to Santa Barbara who enjoy Mother Nature should visit.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

If you're visiting Santa Barbara, this is truly a must. The location, the setting, the garden, the smells and sights....all perfection. Sites like this are what make Santa Barbara a one of a kind!

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Sonoma, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This was the purpose of my trip to Santa Barbara and it was well worth the journey. This garden is incredible. It has a great selection of cacti, palms, and succulents. They are planted in large masses to inspire and create unique viewing points. There is also a nice Japanese garden. The house, not open to the tour, provides a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

A piece of history well preserved and taken care of. Rich in cultural artifacts. If you enjoy cultural historic pieces I recommend more time for visit. Definitely worthy of your trip to see

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Charlottesville, Va
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Not a typical garden! Lots of drama and really interesting to go through with a guide and learn. Highlight was all the cacti. Also loved the giant shells. Don't go if you're just looking for lots of flowers.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

What a beautiful venue. The woman that designed the gardens thought of everything and was an interesting character. Our guide Jeri was engaging and VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE. All of the docents/guides receive extensive training and it shows. Each garden had a different theme and no expense was spared by the original owner of Loutus Land. There were plants I had never... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

Best toured with a guide (they are so knowledgable- esp Lori!). Be sure to set aside 2+ hours. Interesting collection of plants, many rare species, from all over the world displayed in 37 acres of beautifully maintained and distinct garden settings. Story of the woman who created Lotusland, Madame Ganna Walska, just as entertaining!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The woman that had these gardens planted had eclectic and fabulous taste. No expense was spared in the design, from an outdoor ampatheate for private concerts, to a horoscope clock planted with different succulents, to the often photographed pool where the Lotus plants now reside. Every step was a beautiful photo opportunity. I went as a chaperone with a class... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

A very unique garden with a fascinating history. The docents are terrific. Opened Wednesday through Saturday and tours are 2 hours. Make your reservation and enjoy!

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Santa Clarita, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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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