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Cold Springs Road, Montecito, CA 93108
+1 805-969-9990
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Very different Gardens

We really enjoyed our two hour tour. The gardens were originally developed by a very determined... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Levon M
Cary, North Carolina
Magical, amazing, wonderful

This is the garden of an eccentric women who married her way to wealth and turned her property into... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Austin, Texas
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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 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our two hour tour. The gardens were originally developed by a very determined women who lived a life of wealth and luxury. She had 6 husbands. A few died and she divorced a few. There are literally thousand of exotic plants over...More

Thank Levon M
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This is the garden of an eccentric women who married her way to wealth and turned her property into a fantastic garden with plants from all over the world. I had wanted to visit for years and it did not disappoint, even though it was...More

Thank 786elena
Reviewed 4 July 2017

I was honored to be given a private tour of Lotusland, and was completely blown away by these spectacular gardens! What am amazing woman the much-married Ganna Walska must have been. Fascinating, mercurial and brilliant in her own way. The 16 individual gardens are amazing...More

1  Thank Rebecca W
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

As other reviewers have indicated, this is a very special place. Our family of 9 adults took the tour, which is 2 hours long. The docent stopped at several points to tell stories, ie about Ganna's life, and while they were interesting, I think we...More

1  Thank rajalance
Reviewed 20 June 2017

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.

1  Thank Randy C
Reviewed 5 June 2017 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

3  Thank Tracy K
Reviewed 27 May 2017

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

1  Thank Mblaca
Reviewed 22 May 2017

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

3  Thank PassportReady2013
GannaWalskaLotusland, Public Relations Manager at Lotusland, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

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 21 May 2017

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
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Carol C
6 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.
4 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
28 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