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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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Redondo Beach, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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Yellow Springs, Ohio
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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

In the summer, the best time to see Lotusland is in the morning to avoid afternoon heat. The two hour tours are led by guides who try to limit the size of the groups to ten or so. Our guide kept us going, but did pause to answer questions. The estate is gorgeous, with bromelaid, cactus, fern, aloe and cycad... More

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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Beautiful, peaceful, usually not too crowded. If you love plants... This is it! Nothing to dislike, really.

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Santa Barbara, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This private garden has something for everyone, it is lush, extravagant, eccentric, enchanting, not to mention many very unique including some nearly extinct plants. If you are a botanist or not, you won't be disappointed. The creator of this garden has a story of her own which will be of interest to some but to me that is the side... More

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Santa Ynez, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Like no place you have ever been - this is an amazing garden where you can find a lots of beauty, whimsy and peace of mind.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

First off, you need to reserve in advance as they only have a limited number of people (well, actually cars) per day. It is a bit pricey as far as museums/gardens go, but you are not going to ever see another garden that compares to this treasure. While some times of the year are preferable - summer for the lotuses... More

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