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Cold Springs Road, Montecito, CA 93108
+1 805-969-9990
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Absolutely magnificent

The tours are amazing. You will be thrilled with the variation of all the different gardens... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2015
Phoenix, Arizona
best well preserved section of montecito

the people working here are passionate the story is amazing i hope it doesn't become to popular. I... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2015
Sbgreen P
London, United Kingdom
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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 2 July 2015

The tours are amazing. You will be thrilled with the variation of all the different gardens. Santa Barbara has the ideal climate for plants and flowers of every kind. Most of these plants were brought from Europe and the collection is fantastic.

1  Thank Marigal2015
Reviewed 2 July 2015

the people working here are passionate the story is amazing i hope it doesn't become to popular. I have had the chance to see the lotus land over 3 times and it's always so captivating.

Thank Sbgreen P
Reviewed 1 July 2015

We are members of Lotusland and take out of town visitors there on a regular basis. For virtually all our friends, the trip to Lotusland is one of the highlights of their stay in Santa Barbara. It is not an inexpensive outing, but very worth...More

Thank SusanMFlorida
Reviewed 1 July 2015

We visited a an unfortunate time this year. It rained at Lotusland and the paths were mushy. I have visited Lotusland before and loved it. Weather makes a GREAT different.

Thank mocheB20A
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Over 30 acres of botanical exotics and landscape esoteria in Montecito. Call ahead to reserve a spot in a docent tour. I've done this twice and each guide has a unique perspective. The walks are easy and the pace is moderate. July is a better...More

Thank Tacheva
Reviewed 25 June 2015

This was a last minute find. I read about Lotus Land in the Santa Barbara magazine (I love doing travel-related research!) and immediately called to reserve. We became members ($125 for basic family membership) because it was less expensive than paying for four people, and...More

1  Thank Stacie H
Reviewed 25 June 2015

Lotusland is a magical place. Spend a long, lazy day enjoying the unique gardens. The famous opera singer collected more than 7 husbands and plants from around the world. Take the whole family, but prepare to walk the gardens.

1  Thank maryanne c
Reviewed 20 June 2015

Lotusland is one of the gems of the Santa Barbara area! Not open all year, so take advantage when they are open. The docents are incredibly well-informed and can answer pretty much any question you might have!

Thank SBGiGi
Reviewed 14 June 2015 via mobile

I booked the tour because mother wanted to go so I indulged her. To my surprise I was fascinated by the history, stories of Gana, the variety of the gardens and the condition of the grounds. There are formal rose gardens, Japanese inspired, rare plants,...More

3  Thank babycatmaaa
Reviewed 13 June 2015

Beautiful Gardens with a most amazing assortment of plant, shrubs, succulents and cacti. And yes- one Lotus - was in bloom. To see the Lotus blossoms come in July and August. In early June during our visit we saw beautiful cacti, bromeliad and other amazing...More

Thank Gerlinde G
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14 September 2017|
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Response from Levon M | Reviewed this property |
Just go to their website for all the information you want.
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.
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