Ganna Walska Lotusland Garden


Try your hand at the botanical glory of Santa Barbara when you visit Lotusland, the overwhelming 37-acre Montecito Manor, once the property of the late Madame Ganna Walski. A renowned opera singer and fashionable female socialite, she acquired the mansion in 1941 and over the next 43 years, making it a unique garden nirvana, today acknowledged as one of the greatest gardens in the world. The Garden of Lotusland is not simply an eccentric dream, something more than "Alice in Wonderland" is only a kids book. For Walski, the plants were bigger than the plants; they were the colors that had to be drawn, the family that had to be brought up, the characters that had to be directed.

During the tour of 25 gardens in Lotusland, each of which is different in terms of design, you can experience Madame Walski's first hand view, smoothly moving on to the next. You will see ferns, aloes, lotuses, water lilies and bromelias in the great variety of plants. Lotusland can also brag of a few unusual botanical collections, such as rare cactuses, palms and euphoria.

Lotusland is a communal garden, which operates in a residential area, so you should book excursions in advance.

Self-service tours are held at 10:00 and 13:30, from Wednesday to Saturday, from February 16 to November 15. Entrance is $50 for adults and $25 for children (aged 3 to 17 years).

Excursion to the Garden takes about two hours. A camera on your smartphone can be applied for access to the QR codes to get garden and historical details. The tour ends with the time to go to the Garden store.

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