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Amazing Gardens

If you are interested in many different types of plants, this is the place for you. The setting is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Amazing Gardens

We debated going because it seemed a little expensive, but, it was well worth it. It was an... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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Cold Springs Road, Montecito, CA 93108
+1 805-969-9990
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 6 April 2013

My husband learned of Lotusland from his gardening class. Lotusland is located in an exclusive neighborhood in Montecito. It is the former home of Ganna Walska, an opera singer and socialite who married six times. (Her first five husbands were wealthy, but the sixth “found”...More

7  Thank Pandamonium1362
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Reviewed 14 July 2015

We were looking for an outdoor activity before heading into downtown Santa Barbara, and the 200+ positive reviews encouraged me to give a call and set up a visit. Well, it might very well be paradise, but @ $45 per person, that would have been...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 8 October 2018

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

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Reviewed 25 September 2018

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

Thank akdeepdiver
Reviewed 10 September 2018

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

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Reviewed 11 August 2018

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

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 10 August 2018

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

Thank Liza W
Reviewed 6 August 2018

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

Thank faithcoffman
Reviewed 14 July 2018

Finally, opening day fell on President’s Weekend when we visit Santa Barbara, and I was able to reserve one of the first docent tours of the year. Don’t expect a lot of colorful flower beds, but a variety of mature plant collections created by a...More

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19 October 2018|
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Response from GannaWalskaLotusland | Property representative |
The walk is about 1 -3/4 miles and it takes about 2 hours.
13 September 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.
Carol C
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.