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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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Nottingham
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174 reviews 174 reviews
80 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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Saint-Cloud, Ile-de-France, France
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We discovered Lotusland on Trip Advisor and fell in love with this amazing park with many different magnificent gardens: japanese, desert, roses, alpine... You have to call in advance to book for this must-do 2-hour family tour with a family (14+ I recommend) or as a couple. If you are not yet a plant-lover... you will become! Lotusland was created... More

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New Mexico
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This place is like a trip around the world, to see plants from Mexico, China, Africa, Australia, France etc. It's very cool. It's a lot of walking, I was in a group with some elderly people who did the walking fine. My only thing to fix about this place is the entrance fee at $40 USD a person it's very... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We have been once before but planned this trip 6 months ago specifically to catch the lotus in bloom. We were not even a little disappointed. Absolutely beautiful. There are so many varieties of gardens, that it was great to go back a second time and learn even more about it. The guide was very knowledgable, informative and entertaining. We... More

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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Lotus Land is categorized as a botanical garden but it's so much more. The docent led tours of the gardens created by Ganna Walska are breathtaking. Visit the web site to make reservations for the docent led tours. They are about 2 hours in duration where you will visit themed gardens and gain insight into California and Santa Barbara history... More

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