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“Beautiful” 4 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.
Santa Barbara, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

This is such a wonderful garden with several areas of interest... I especially like the lotus pond and the cactus garden although everything is really beautiful and well-maintained. Hard to visit unless you make reservations well in advance.

Visited November 2012
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Solvang, California
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“Remarkable gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Also a wonderful glimpse of the house and some of her hats was available at the time. Additional revolving exhibits of selected artists.

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New York City, New York
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“wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Be sure to vist when the lotus pool is in full bloom. The grounds, the history are unique and facinating.

Visited December 2012
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Goleta, California
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“Other worldly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

This place is a must-stop and visit for anyone interested in nature... and the wonders one can create utilizing unlimited funds, creativity and a bit of eccentrism.

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“A feast for the Senses”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

I've toured Lotusland three times, and could do it again tomorrow. The two hour guided tour is marvelous, each time I go, I see something different, or revisit a favorite garden or grove. The guides are exceptional. The story of Madam W is heady stuff. Make time to tour these one of a kind, exhuberent gardens when you visit Santa Barbara.

Visited June 2012
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