- About the Tours
- Contacting Lotusland
- Finding Lotusland
- Garden Shop
- Group Tours & Private Parties
- Making a Reservation
- Pets, Photography, Picknicking
- When to Visit
About the Tours
Tours are approximately two hours long.
Tour participants are broken into groups of approximately ten.
Self-guided tours are available only for Lotusland members.
Self-guided tours are available only for Lotusland members.
However, you may visit the Garden Shop at the end of your tour.
The house, where Lotusland’s administrative offices are located, is not a part of the tour.
Yes, wheelchairs and walkers can be accommodated on a slightly modified tour. If you or a member of your party use a wheelchair or walker, please inform a Visitor Services staff member at the time you schedule your tour. Docents and Lotusland volunteers are not permitted to push wheelchairs.
There are no cart tours of Lotusland.
Tours are only conducted in English.
My tour is this afternoon, but I lost my confirmation and can't remember how to get there. How do I get the address and directions?
On Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., call 805-969-9990. On Saturday after 1 p.m., or on a legal holiday, call the entrance kiosk at 805-565-4489.
Tour Reservation Office: 805-969-9990, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Administration: 805-969-3767, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FAX: (805) 969-4423
Directions to the Visitor Entrance are mailed to you, with your tour confirmation, after you make your reservation.
Lotusland’s mailing address is for the administrative offices at 695 Ashley Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108.
The Visitor Entrance is on an entirely different street, Cold Springs Road, near the intersection of Sycamore Canyon Road. This entrance has no street address.
Do not use GPS, Mapquest or similar programs. They will direct you to the wrong gate. Directions to the Visitor Entrance, which has no street address, are included in your tour confirmation.
Lotusland is a public garden operating in a private, residential neighborhood. As a courtesy to the neighbors, advance reservations are required for all visitors. Directions are included with your tour confirmation form.
The Garden Shop is only open to guests on docent-led or self-guided tours for shopping at the end of their tours.
The Garden Shop sells a variety of plants seen in the garden, with around one hundred different species available over the year.
Three books about Lotusland, Ganna Walska Lotusland: The Garden and its Creators, Lotusland: Collections & Horticulture and Lotusland: A Photographic Odyssey, are available online.
Group Tours & Private Parties
Group Tours are for 10 or more people arriving in one vehicle. Group tours cost $30 for each adult 19 years and older, $10 for each child age five to 18, and are free for children under five. Group tours require a 25% non-refundable deposit at the time of reservation.
Lotusland offers Enhanced Tours when visitors may enjoy a luncheon at Lotusland before or after a morning tour, or wine and hors d’oeuvres following an afternoon tour, for up to 40 people on the pavilion patio. Guests have celebrated birthdays and anniversaries, held wedding showers, or just socialized with friends. There is a use fee—contact email@example.com or call 805-969-3767, extension 116
Members at the Garden Steward level may hold a private party for up to 60 guests and members at the Garden Champion level may hold a private party for up to 200 guests. Restrictions apply.
Making a Reservation
TOURS ARE AT 10 AM and 1:30 PM WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY BETWEEN FEBRUARY 15 and NOVEMBER 15. TO REQUEST A RESERVATION PLEASE CALL 805-969-9990. RESERVATIONS ARE NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL YOU HAVE SPOKEN WITH A VISITOR SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE, PRE-PAID FOR THE TOUR AND RECEIVED A WRITTEN CONFIRMATION.
Schedule a docent-guided tour at 10:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday by phone at 805-969-9990 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m..
Lotusland Members may schedule either a docent-guided tour or a self-guided tour.
Lotusland is more accessible than ever—sometimes space is available the next tour day. Saturdays are the first to fill up, but you may still be able to book on your first choice of days.
Because Lotusland is a public garden operating in a private, residential neighborhood, advancereservations are required for all visits, and can be pre-paid by credit card or check.
Group Tours are for 10 or more people arriving in one vehicle. Group tours cost $40 for each adult, for ages 3-18 the cost is $20 and age 2 and under and are free. Group tours require a 25% non-refundable deposit at the time of reservation. The group tour discount only applies if all the visitors arrive in the same vehicle.
Tour fees are non-refundable. However, if your cancellation is received prior to your tour dates, you may reschedule for a later date, as space permits, within the same calendar year with no additional charge.
Yes! There are Lotusland members around the world.
One for each person listed on the membership. Benefits apply only to the person named on the membership card.
Within two weeks.
If I want to join Lotusland on the day of my tour, can I apply my admission toward the cost of the membership?
As both membership and admission fees provide crucial funding for Lotusland, this is not an option.
Your membership is valid for 12 months.
Yes. Your member card includes information to make it a useful tool for contacting Lotusland for reservations
We will ask to see identification.
Yes, your member card can also be used for discounts at participating nurseries and garden specialty retail stores. View our list of participating businesses here.
We are closed for all regular docent-led and self-guided tours, however we do schedule “member-only” events during this time.
If I want a membership for two people (Family Level or above), do I have to provide the name of both people?
Yes. A membership card will be issued for each.
Yes, for some levels. Please see membership chart for applicable levels.
Memberships at the Family level and above include children age 18 and under who reside in the same household.
A presentation folder, which includes a welcome letter with the name of gift donor, member card(s) and a current Lotusland Newsletter for Members.
Your Lotusland membership package will be mailed to you and/or your gift recipient within 2 weeks. Please call Member Services at 805.969.3767 ext. 115 or 120 to arrange alternative options.
Membership fees are fully tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes.
Pets, Photography, Picknicking
Only Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs are allowed.
Yes, photography, including video photography, is encouraged, but for your personal use only.
The use of tripods causes tour delays, so they are not allowed on docent-led tours. Members may use tripods on self-guided tours.
Water fountains are located throughout the garden and you may bring your own water. Bottled water and food are not sold at Lotusland.
Guests on tour are not allowed to picnic at Lotusland.
However, members at the Garden Cultivator level and above may bring a picnic for ten people one time during their membership year. Private parties (Enhanced Tours), before or after your tour, for up to 40 people are available.
The next docent training class begins in February 2014 and runs through May 2014. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Kitty Thomassin, at (805) 969-3767, extension 112, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Volunteer positions are only available to adults aged 18 and older.
When to Visit
Something is in bloom in the garden every week of the year! A major feature of the garden is its dramatic design, which can be viewed at any time.
Though it varies slightly each year, lotuses are usually in bloom during July and August.