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Address: Cold Springs Road, Montecito, CA 93108
Phone Number: +1 805-969-9990
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Lotusland is considered to be one of the top 10 botanic gardens in the...

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 unparalelled 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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Amazing botanical collection: 2 hour walking tour

This tour is a bit pricey for a garden, but it becomes clear on the tour that it is worth the effort (reservations and advance planning absolutely needed).

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ruth F

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour is a bit pricey for a garden, but it becomes clear on the tour that it is worth the effort (reservations and advance planning absolutely needed).

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Concord, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lotusland was opened to the public after we moved away from Santa Barbara, but we had driven by the property about a 1000 times, so we were interested in going there. The tour is important. We were there on a special evening event with wine and snacks. Our tour guide was quite entertaining and we enjoyed it. Wine was provided... More 

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Ojai, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lotusland was envisioned and created by an extravagantly creative women, Madam Walska, who loved to create drama and beauty on the theater stage and life stage. Over many years she developed this beautiful property and left it for all of us to enjoy. The tour with a docent is well worth the 2 hour stroll. They will share the history,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm an SB local but had never been to Lotusland. I would highly recommend a visit, especially for nature lovers. It has extremely diverse gardens, from traditional Japanese to French to Cactus all on the property. Be sure to take a guided tour so yo learn about the fascinating Ganna Walska.

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Central Coast California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The garden is incredibly large, 3,700 acres if I remember correctly. Big collection of a variety of plants. It was nice to see fully developed plants. Allow several hours for your visit. We'd really like to return and spend more time.

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Santa Barbara, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is pretty cool with all the history and such, but the guided tour takes FOREVER! I get that the original owner had a vision, but maybe it could be summed up in less than 3.5 hours! Definitely worth going to at least once, but try to see if you can skip the tour and go on your own.

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Thank Lucky7Traveler
GannaWalskaLotusland, Public Relations Manager at Lotusland, responded to this review

Dear Lucky 7, While we are pleased you found Lotusland to be "pretty cool" - it is unusual that it took 3.5 hours to see the garden. Normally it is a 2 hour walk, we'll look into this and see what happened. We do allow members the privilege of exploring the garden on their own. Our very well trained docents... More 

Arroyo Grande, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The docent we had, Craig, gave a wonderful tour and told us of the background of Madam Walska and this great estate.

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Palm Springs, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lotusland is a truly unique garden. Even for the person who has no interest in plants the gardens are beautiful. They are uniquely the vision of one person, and are organized in interesting ways for visual impact. Unfortunately you are not allowed to wander, rather you will be guided by a docent the entire time. You need to make reservations.... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lotusland is a unique enormous garden, with many different areas incorporating unusual plants from all over the world. You must be able to walk for 2 hours, so a certain fitness level is a must. There are many shaded areas, making this walk very pleasant. They focus on plants, not flowers. Our tour guide was not a botanist, just a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Although non-gardeners may not appreciate it, Lotusland is a fabulous and unique place. We went on a special Twilight Tour which only runs 2x a year. In small groups (8 people) we were led around the gardens and told about the plantings. The Japanese Garden is under restoration, but the other gardens were accessible and smashing. Lotusland is near Westmont... More 

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