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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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If you are a plant nut, this is a must visit

There is a very interesting story that goes with the two hour long, docent led tours of this garden, developed as so many have been, by a passionate plant collector. Tours are by... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Vancouver, Canada
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

There is a very interesting story that goes with the two hour long, docent led tours of this garden, developed as so many have been, by a passionate plant collector. Tours are by reservation only and strictly limited in number. You must have a reservation. While the $45 entrance fee may seem high, I felt it was worth it. If... More 

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The history and beauty behind what Lotus land is, a true gem and a story that is legend in our area. the gardens and grounds are stunning. If you get a chance to go to an event here, they are amazing.

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Corona del Mar, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This is one of Southern California's best kept secrets. Even those steeped in horticulture haven't heard of this phenomenal treasure. Great history, sheer beauty & great design will fascinate even those who don't think they'r interested in gardens!

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Kalamazoo Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We did the 9:30 timeslot which was perfect because the temperature stayed cooler. The grounds are spectacular and we learned many things about the plants that grow in this region. I would go back in a heartbeat. The pace (2 hrs.) was perfect for the older folks, and do be prepared to be on your feet the entire time.

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McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This is a can't miss stop in Santa Barbara. Beautiful gardens unlike anything you've seen before. It is really impossible to describe or even photograph. You must just go,and see for yourself.

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

The most unique garden I can think of. You won't see plant collections like these anywhere on earth. Truly a magical place!

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Palm Desert, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

It has taken me years to visit Lotusland and I am so glad I did! I went with my Mom and daughter and some friends and all were enthralled with our tour guide and the gardens.This is a large landscaped garden the likes of which is hard to imagine. They are outstanding and just when we were getting hot, there... More 

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Santa Barbara, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I'm a life long Santa Barbarian who had never taken the tour of Madame Ganna Walska's Lotusland property and boy am I glad I did. Featuring 14 separate and distinct gardens, the tour took us one hour and fifty minutes and covered just under two miles of easy walking across the 100 acre estate. The History of the place (and... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Worth seeing and experiencing. Docent seemed knowledgeable. Plan ahead; there may be a wait. Haven,t been in a few years so I can,t speak to how the drought has affected the place.

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Camarillo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Beautiful Gardens in Montecito! The lotus are in bloom in June...this is the best time to visit. Make sure to book a tour in advance, they fill up quick.

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