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Lotusland, Montecito

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#149 of 1,611 in Parks in California
Discover a world of exotic plants at Lotusland, created by famed opera singer and garden enthusiast Ganna Walska. Purchased in 1941 and intended to serve as a retreat for Tibetan monks, the estate consumed Walska's private time for most of her life. The singer spent over four decades designing and improving the sprawling property, eventually creating over a dozen distinct gardens. The 15 hectare (37 acre) gardens contain over 3,000 different species of plants, including ferns, aloes, lotuses, cycads, cacti, palms, bromeliads, and euphorbias. If you would like a tour of the gardens, be sure to call ahead of time to make reservations; the estate is open to the public by advance notice only. Tours happen twice a day in season and last approximately two hours. Using our world travel planner, Montecito attractions like Lotusland can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Don't go to L.A. for an arboretum, although (HG) is a great place to visit. Instead, try Lotusland. Hidden inland in a neighborhood, make sure you make an appointment before you visit. This series of ...  more »
  • Great docent led tour of unique, beautiful and a little weird garden. The volume of plants and plant types overwhelms the visitor. The dramatic settings in which plants are placed, the variety of ecol...  more »
  • I’m a docent here - Each of us is different, so each tour is different. But every one should give you one of the very best garden experiences you’ll ever have anywhere. We’re trained to take on not on...  more »
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  • 5 Stars private tour. Mary Ellen was our tour guide, she made our tour unforgettable. Thank you so much Mary Ellen. Kim and Young family
  • The gardens weree beautiful, and we loved our dolce.
  • Exquisite collections of rare and endangered plants. Peaceful, serene, and beautiful.
  • This place is impressive. I walked for 2 hours and want to go back.
  • The most beautiful gardens I have been to in my lifetime even better than the Huntington Library which was my number one until I went to lotusland. I highly recommend it
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