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“MAKE YOUR HEART SING -- LIKE GANNA WALSKA!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lotusland

Lotusland
Cold Springs Road, Montecito, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
+1 805-969-9990
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Owner description: 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.
Ojai, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“MAKE YOUR HEART SING -- LIKE GANNA WALSKA!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011

My husband and I were given a tour as a gift -- WHAT A GREAT GIFT IDEA! Our guide just happened to be someone I had worked with...so it was doubly enjoyable. We learned so much history and truly enjoyed the totally INCREDIBLE atmosphere. Anyone who enjoys biographies, histories, and gardens fit for royalty with be so impressed. THANK YOU, GANNA WALSKA!

Visited December 2010
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Central Coast, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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“Weird and wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

Strange garden with an interesting history. Full of exotic plants.

Visited November 2011
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Culver City, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Reserve in advance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

So unique and beautiful. First time, we took the guided tour; then we joined, so we could come back and wander, unguided, for hours. Really an extraordinary adventure -- the tour guides have great stories. First-timers won't be bored! And a long walk, but utterly leisurely and relaxing. Go!

Visited November 2011
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California
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“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

Such a treat driving into Monticeto... A fabulous property with very nice docents...

Visited August 2011
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Wexford, Pennsylvania
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“pretty cool”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

this place is off the beaten path, but really close to SB. It's well worth the price. A beautiful property if I lived in the area i would be a member, so i could self-tour.

Visited September 2011
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