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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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What an amazing surprise

Would highly recommend this experience. And that is what it is...an experience into gardens and the life of their creator. Unbelievable.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Kirkwood, Missouri

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Kirkwood, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Would highly recommend this experience. And that is what it is...an experience into gardens and the life of their creator. Unbelievable.

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Lompoc, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Very unique and lovely garden estate, with botanicals collected from around the world. There are long walking paths which are easy to navigate that invite one through areas of cactus, succulents, sweeping shade trees and unusual palms. Madame Walska was an eccentric and creative woman to envision this estate as you will see it...w/ dozens of specific garden spots, statuary,... More 

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

Such beauty all the way around here. Montecito itself is amazing, so just the drive alone is wonderful. But if you are a lover of gardens this is a must visit! One of the most beautiful gardens I've seen

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South Pasadena, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We were looking for an outdoor activity before heading into downtown Santa Barbara, and the 200+ positive reviews encouraged me to give a call and set up a visit. Well, it might very well be paradise, but @ $45 per person, that would have been $180 for my family of four for a two-hour garden tour - come on!

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Must get tickets in advance as visits are strictly regulated. Worth the effort of planning in advance. Gorgeous gardens on an impressive Old Montecito estate.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I have visited Lotusland many times and always try to pick a different month. You might see the lotus blooming, or the cacti blooming. Perhaps the cycads will be producing seeds. And in February there is the "Transitory Yellow Flower." This is the weed sour grass. The docents tell visitors to just enjoy the bright colors!

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A wonderful taxi driver named Tom gave us the tip to try to get into Lotusland. We were so fortunate to get tickets. Our docent was incredibly knowledge, another Tom who gives every Friday to Lotusland. How fortunate we were to go on a Friday. Tom's knowledge of the history and the development of each of the garden areas felt... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This set of gardens, ponds, and walks is a very special experience. We were guided on a tour by a fascinating and knowledgeable docent, and we could easily have spent an entire day wandering among the various themed gardens. This place is a little hard to find, but it is well worth the effort.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I love all the the beautifull cactus and is was an interesting story. Highly recommend other to check them out.

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Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

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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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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