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Lotusland, Montecito

(4.5/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
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. To visit Lotusland on your trip to Montecito, use our Montecito family vacation planner.
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  • As a former docent, I highly recommend getting early reservations to visit this unique and eclectic garden as it is a treasure trove of unique and rare plants. Lovingly tended and a MUST SEE in my opi...  more »
  • Lotusland was once a grand estate in Montecito but has fallen into disrepair over the years due to lack of funding. There is a non-profit that runs the place but they are apparently unable to raise th...  more »
  • Lotus Land is the former estate of a socialite and opera singer who had a thing for gardens and the money and land to make it happen. Her own tastes are reflected here with various themed sections and...  more »
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  • Awesome experience. Plantings are spectacular. Like no other botanical garden. Prepare to be amazed. Catch the morning tour - 10-12 - so refreshing and good for the spirit. *****************
  • Huge and spectacular botanical garden. Worth a couple of hours if you're in Santa Barbara/Montecito and like shrubbery and/or spectacular excess.
  • It's expensive to get in, but the garden itself is huge and staffed with people who seem to truly care about the plants there. As a normal member, you are not allowed to freely walk in the garden, but to follow a tour guide that may drag on at times going a bit too in-depth about certain plants. However the scale of the garden was hard to believe, and there are a huge variety of plants to see.
  • Although I haven't yet been there I wanted to give Lotusland 5 starts for Excellent Customer Service. I had booked (and paid for) myself and 7 friends to visit last week and the day before the tour/visit I came down with a nasty cold and didn't think I'd be up for the 2 hour walk. I figured I had just lost my $45 deposit until I received a call from Sarah a few days later asking me if I wanted to use the money I already spent toward admittance later in the season. I'm so excited that now I'll be able to experience the beauty that my friends talked about and not feel like I' missed out on this hidden gem in Ventura County's Montecito.
  • Highly recommended place to visit! Whether you are romantic or not you will be astonished by the beauty of colors you see here!