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Lotusland, Montecito

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#138 of 1,113 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. To visit Lotusland on your trip to Montecito, use our Montecito family vacation planner.
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  • August 9, 2017
    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. Ther...  more »
  • July 10, 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 n...  more »
  • July 4, 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, merc...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    Wonderful botanical gardens! Peaceful and enriching. Be sure to make a reservation as you cannot just show up.
  • June 21, 2017
    Quirky and beautiful. A real pleasure to visit. The docent we had was knowledgeable and pleasant. Although, I got the strong impression that everyone that volunteers there has kind-of drunk the Kool Aid, and feels like these gardens are the most amazing, unparalleled experience possible in California. Still, they sort of breathless enthusiasm added to the charm of the tour, rather than detracted.
  • June 23, 2017
    Lotus land is heaven on earth and our docent Alicia was so very knowledgeable! It was so cool learning about the plants as well as the history of this glorious plot of land!
  • June 20, 2017
    Amazing place. Beautiful, peacefuland unique .
  • June 8, 2017
    Amazing gardens June is the best time to go for all the flowers

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