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Cold Springs Road, Montecito, CA 93108
+1 805-969-9990
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We loved our tour of Lotusland!! It was amazing the number and variety of plants that have been... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Randy C
Summerfield, Florida, United States
We loved our tour of Lotusland

Went to Lotusland with a group of five friends. We were lucky to get a very nice and informative... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tracy K
Los Altos, CA (USA)
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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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Cold Springs Road, Montecito, CA 93108
+1 805-969-9990

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Reviewed 4 days ago

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.

Thank Randy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Lotusland with a group of five friends. We were lucky to get a very nice and informative docent (Susan) who led our two-hour tour. The walk is about 1.5 miles but there are plenty of stops to discuss the various plants and garden...More

2  Thank Tracy K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the top botanical gardens in the US, with plants from every continent except Antarctica. My wife and I just visited this amazing place. I was expecting a well-groomed, Biltmore/Huntington - style garden. Instead we were treated to an exotic series of...More

Thank Mblaca
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unless you are a member, you need to reserve a spot for a tour. Just walking around the property is not allowed. However, the tours are varied and the docents are quite knowledgeable. Special events are fantastic. The LotusFest in July is worth a special...More

2  Thank PassportReady2013
GannaWalskaLotusland, Public Relations Manager at Lotusland, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your kind words about Lotusland. Members are allowed to self-guide or as you say, "just walk around the property." As per the County of Santa Barbara, all visitors need to make a reservation, including members. LotusFest is Saturday, July 15. Wine tasting, craft...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I first visited Gona Walska Lotusland when my daughter was an intern there for 6 months many years ago and there was a year long waiting list to get a tour! It has changed over the years to be much more accessible to the public...More

Thank ski2pla
Reviewed 27 April 2017

We enjoyed a two hour tour of this amazing property in Montecito. The guide was informative and friendly. Wear comfortable shoes because there is a lot to see

1  Thank Carol M
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Lotusland is an amazing fantasy land of botanicals. Docent lead tour was invaluable to learn the history of the property and Madame Ganna Walska. This is not your typical garden it is filled with surprise gardens and personal stories around every corner. Can't wait to...More

1  Thank luanncaesar
Reviewed 23 April 2017

A tucked away gem in Montecito. Although it is pricey for a tour, it was worth it. We were able to see an incredible variety of plants with a very knowledge docent.

Thank Pam-travelfan
Reviewed 23 March 2017

This is indeed a world class garden...so many specimens and types of gardens spread out over 24 acres. 17 full time gardeners keep this collection looking it's best. Clivias were going crazy this time of year and a lot of the begonias were looking good....More

Thank Jack C
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

If you love gardens, botany or just are intrigued by unusual personal histories, Lotusland should be on your MUST do list. I found out about the garden when Googling 'gardens in Santa Barbara'. The story about the last owner sounded fascinating & I was curious...More

1  Thank htravelbug
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Carol C
Does the gardens/tour have benches and rest stops along the way ? I have arthritis in my hip ( pending hip replacement surgery ) and cannot walk long distances at a time. Thanks in advance for your answer.
7 August 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.
Address and phone number
5 May 2016|
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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
mary j
When is peak bloom
29 April 2016|
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Response from LukeGGardner | Reviewed this property |
GenXMommy above is exactly right and she's from Santa Barbara, so she certainly knows her stuff about this garden. All I can really tell you is that I am very happy that I paid a visit as it was the primary reason my wife... More