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Lotusland is considered to be one of the top 10 botanic gardens in the world. Situated in the foothills of Santa Barbara, California, this 37 acre botanical wonderland is home to more than 3,000 different types of plants from all around the world...more
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Ganna Walska Lotusland is an exquisite botanical wonderland with a mix of tropical and subtropical plants from around the globe. Originally the private garden of eccentric Polish opera singer Madame Ganna Walska, it boasts of unusual displays of plants - all of which caught the...More
If you are interested in many different types of plants, this is the place for you. The setting is beautiful. A docent takes you through the different areas of the estate and explains how each area was designed. Beautiful Koi pond, and amazing cactus garden....More
We debated going because it seemed a little expensive, but, it was well worth it. It was an amazing and unusual garden. The docent leading the tour was excellent and very informative. If you enjoy plants and gardens you will not want to miss this....More
OK, we thought Casa de Herrero (just down the street from lotusland) was superior, but both are amazing gardens. Plan ahead to go to these gardens - you need to make reservations in advance due to Montecito limitations on the number of visitors per day....More
We have heard about this place for years and finally made a reservation. Unfortunately it was one of the hottest days they have had in a long time but we enjoyed ourselves in spite of the heat. We had a guide and were with about...More
Absolutely gorgeous, breathtaking, though pricey, but my friend and I thought it was worth the cost. 37 acres, 21 gardens (though one of my desired gardens to see was closed for renovation: Japanese Garden) and I was informed the day I bought my tickets, so...More
My Fiance and I traveled down to Santa Barbara/Montecito for Labor Day weekend just to visit Lotusland. It did not disappoint. Easily the BEST gardens I have been to in California. Having a docent led tour was beneficial so we were able to learn about...More
Being an avid enthusiast of plants, and beautiful landscapes - I was hesitant on spending $48 to see Lotusland, but finally after some serious deliberations, we decided to go. It was DEFINITELY worth it. If you love plants & gardens - you will not be...More
We made reservations to see this popular attraction. Fascinating history with a good docent tour. It was warm and down right hot in the cactus garden. The docent was careful to keep track of our well being. Sadly, the Japanese garden was under renovation at...More
I’m a landscape designer/contractor and I love this place! Eccentric, diverse, and creative. They pull out all the stops when making this unique garden. Make a reservation so you don’t miss this place on your next trip rip to Santa Barbara. Actually it’s worth it’s...More
We will have about 8 hours in Santa Barbara. What do you suggest for 70 years to do? Mission? Is the tour of Mission worthwhile? Natural History Museum? Stearns Wharf? Parking for Stearns Wharf?? ( I am not good parking on busy street). Best exit for Stearns Wharf coming from the south? We are open to other ideas! Thought about LotusLand but that is more $ than we want to spend for a tour.
June 20, 2012|
There is complimentary valet parking on Stern's Wharf if you visit oone of the restaurants. Take Garden exit (which is on the right). Make a left on to Garden St. and then after about 1/2 mile, a right onto Cabrillo. Stern Wharf will be on your left.
Pacific Grove, California
Lotusland vs. the botanical gardens (2 Replies)
I'll be visiting Santa Barbara in early October and plan to visit the botanical gardens there. I just read about Lotusland on this forum and wonder if it's worth the extra cost of admission and the need to make a reservation to go there either instead or in addition to the botanical gardens. I generally like to stroll through at my own pace, and I'm not sure if I'll like the docent-led tour at Lotusland. Any input? Thanks.
September 11, 2006|
Botatical Gardens in santa barbara are more wild an natural than most I have visited previously. There is a lot of space to walk around and explore. Lotusland has more formal gardens. This seemed to have a bigger variety. I generally get bored with Docents - but enjoyed the one I had.. I think I prefered Lotusland, but both are very nice. Depends on whether you like more formal structured gardens, or something more natural.
Santa Barbara on Easter Day (2 Replies)
8 ladies are taking a California cruise. We have one day in Santa Barbara and it happens to be Easter. Will there be anything open? Lotusland sounds great...but is it open on Easter? What about places to eat? Since it is a holiday, should we make reservations? What resturants will be open? What about shops? Any help will be appreciated.
January 07, 2012|
Hi Karen, I would check with the cruise line and see if they have anything special planned for the passengers. Usually when the cruise ships dock there are special buses and vans waiting to transport the passengers to special pre-arranged destinations. Lotusland is a very special place to visit, but is not open on Sundays and does require special reservations during the week. There will probably be some stores on State St. that will be open, but it will be limited. You can take the 25...More