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Lotusland

Cold Springs Road, Montecito, CA 93108
+1 805-969-9990
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Definitely worth seeing if you are in Santa Barbara!

Being an avid enthusiast of plants, and beautiful landscapes - I was hesitant on spending $48 to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Michelle M
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Seattle, Washington
Nice garden for size

We made reservations to see this popular attraction. Fascinating history with a good docent tour... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Liza W
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San Luis Obispo, California
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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
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

1  Thank TooMuch2Do
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

The Lotusland Botanical Gardens were created by Ganna Walska, a Polish opera singer and garden enthusiast, at her mansion in Montecito, California. She was married six times, four times to wealthy husbands. The promotion of her lackluster opera career by her fourth husband, Harold Fowler...More

Thank Ruhskis
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

After visiting several botanical gardens in CA, I have come to the conclusion that Lotusland is the best. I wish I knew about this place earlier. Its by reservation only and you will have a guided tour of the grounds. The history is of this...More

2  Thank amaloyan
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

Enjoyed our 2 hour docent lead tour of this unique garden in the afternoon. Great that there were only 8 people in our group. Unfortunately the Japanese garden is still closed for complete remodel. The reopening date was delayed due to the large fire and...More

Thank Patricia M
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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

If you like beautiful gardens look no further. Lotusland is a garden lovers dream. Acres of different types of gardens within one big garden. A lotus pond with pink lotuses is the amazing view in early summer. Quiet and serene, Lotusland limits guests therefore make...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

If you are in the area, you must stop here! We had the best 2-hour walk through the lovely gardens. Truly felt like we were in another world at some points of the tour. The temperature can change depending on which garden you are in....More

Thank Jennifer K
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

We had a nice visit here. Access is by appointment only. The free docent tour is a must to fully appreciate the gardens. The Japanese garden and the cacti gardens are the stars of the show. The tranquility of the place is soothing and a...More

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Seemap64
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.
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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.
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Sugarmillgirl
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
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