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Lotusland

Cold Springs Road, Montecito, CA 93108
+1 805-969-9990
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An Incredible Private Arboretum Not in L.A.

Don't go to L.A. for an arboretum, although (HG) is a great place to visit. Instead, try Lotusland... read more

Reviewed January 6, 2018
King_of_California
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Los Angeles, California
Unique garden

Great docent led tour of unique, beautiful and a little weird garden. The volume of plants and... read more

Reviewed October 16, 2017
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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. The estate gardens were created by Madame Ganna Walska, who owned the property from 1941 until her death in 1984. Lotusland is home to several extraordinary plant collections and around each corner there is the unexpected - a surprise of unique garden design and plant species. The collections include rare cycads that are extinct in the wild, an unparaleled cactus garden, palms and euphorbias like most people have never seen. Additional gardens feature ferns, aloes, lotuses (bloom only in the summer months), water lilies and bromeliads. Lotusland horticulture philosophy is organic, using no chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Reservations are required to visit. Tours are Wednesday - Saturday at 10 AM and again at 1:30 PM. Open Mid February through Mid November.
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Reviewed January 6, 2018

Don't go to L.A. for an arboretum, although (HG) is a great place to visit. Instead, try Lotusland. Hidden inland in a neighborhood, make sure you make an appointment before you visit. This series of gardens is truly the enemy of the average. Wear comfy...More

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GannaWalskaLotusland, Public Relations Manager at Lotusland, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the positive input. Lotusland reopens in February after our Winter Recess. Check our website for exact dates.

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Reviewed October 16, 2017

Great docent led tour of unique, beautiful and a little weird garden. The volume of plants and plant types overwhelms the visitor. The dramatic settings in which plants are placed, the variety of ecologies captured at lotusland are quite impressive. And the well trained and...More

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Reviewed October 2, 2017

I’m a docent here - Each of us is different, so each tour is different. But every one should give you one of the very best garden experiences you’ll ever have anywhere. We’re trained to take on not only plant lovers but avid photographers, slower...More

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Reviewed October 2, 2017

If you are a gardener and appreciate foliage, this is a must see! Please be aware there are not a lot of flowering plants, but amazingly huge garden "rooms" that unfold as you walk into the next one in awe of view. The collection of...More

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Reviewed September 15, 2017

An interesting hidden attraction in Montecito. A 30+ acre property that offers small group (6-8) two and a half hour tours. A huge variety of plants. Be forewarned that the price is VERY expensive. $48.00 per person!! Not sure if this was the best attraction...More

Thank Ken J
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Reviewed August 9, 2017

We really enjoyed our two hour tour. The gardens were originally developed by a very determined women who lived a life of wealth and luxury. She had 6 husbands. A few died and she divorced a few. There are literally thousand of exotic plants over...More

Thank Levon M
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Reviewed July 10, 2017

This is the garden of an eccentric women who married her way to wealth and turned her property into a fantastic garden with plants from all over the world. I had wanted to visit for years and it did not disappoint, even though it was...More

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Reviewed July 4, 2017

I was honored to be given a private tour of Lotusland, and was completely blown away by these spectacular gardens! What am amazing woman the much-married Ganna Walska must have been. Fascinating, mercurial and brilliant in her own way. The 16 individual gardens are amazing...More

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Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

As other reviewers have indicated, this is a very special place. Our family of 9 adults took the tour, which is 2 hours long. The docent stopped at several points to tell stories, ie about Ganna's life, and while they were interesting, I think we...More

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Reviewed June 20, 2017

We loved our tour of Lotusland!! It was amazing the number and variety of plants that have been amassed at this place. Walking thru the gardens was an amazing journey around the planet in this botanical garden.

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Seemap64
September 13, 2017|
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Response from GannaWalskaLotusland | Property representative |
Tours are $48 and reservations are needed to visit the garden.We are open Wed. through Sat/ Call 805.969.9990 form information or to make a reservation.
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Carol C
August 6, 2016|
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Response from GannaWalskaLotusland | Property representative |
Yes there are a number of places to stop and rest. When you call to make a reservation, please tell the person on the phone of your needs and we will plan accordingly.
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Response from GannaWalskaLotusland | Property representative |
Please remember that you will need to make a reservation to visit. It is not possible to just show up. Tours are Wed - Sat at 10 AM and 1:30 PM. FYI the County of Santa Barbara has all kinds of rules that we must follow... More
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