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Address: Cold Springs Road, Montecito, CA 93108
Phone Number: +1 805-969-9990
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I just had visitors and we went to Lotusland. The Lotus were blooming. Beautiful. Our guide, Chatal, was most enthusiastic about the history of the garden. They also sell her yoga tape in the wonderful little gift shop and every time you play it you will become calm and remember this experience.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I read about this out of the way garden in Sunset Magazine, and have toured it twice. The property is actually a series of gardens each with its own personality and mass plantings on one type of plant. The Aloe garden was my favorite, with its kidney shaped pool. It is rumored that Madame Walska used this pool for moonlite... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

2 hours of a nice walk through the enormous gardens. You can't miss the cactus one - my favorite! Magmatic agaves, palm trees, water lilies and more. Time goes by quickly!

1 Thank AleMunozA
Scotts Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a beautiful place to visit and well worth the cost to get in. It's not cheap, but unlike any place I have been. We were extra lucky to see the lotus in bloom!

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Montecito, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Having grown up right down the street from Lotusland, one would think that they might become bored with it. Nothing could be further from the truth, every time I go, I'm in awe of the beauty of it's diverse nature and the human touch that has enhanced it. If you can, please visit, you do not want to miss this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Acres of amazing plantings built by one woman years ago. Such a variety of gardens and beautiful lotus gardens along with trees, cacti and many other beautifully planted and maintained gardens. Tour guides help tell the story of how the gardens were developed and plantings were acquired. Allow several hours. Easy, smooth pathways to walk and even allowed a stroller... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Beauty and history all in one visit. This was a pleasant surprise! My 17 year old daughter and I stumbled upon this beautiful tour and we are so happy to have had this experience. It will leave you in awe! Take the time to see it. But warning...you must have a reservation and it is only visible by a guided... More 

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

This is 38 acres of botanical "treasures" from all over the world. We attended The Lotus Festival today and had a wonderful afternoon. Barb, our Docent, led us through the grounds and shared a wealth of knowledge about the history, the former owners, and the plants. The love, care and devotion shown for this magnificent garden was expressed by all... More 

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