Lotusland Visitor Mask and Social Distance Policy
Visitors must always wear a mask and keep a minimum of six feet distance from others (visitors, garden staff and volunteers). Cloth masks or face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times, by all visitors (children under 3 are exempt), and by all volunteers and staff members. Based on the Santa Barbara County Health Officer Order, masks with exhalation valves, vents, or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings. If a visitor arrives without a mask or requires a suitable replacement, Lotusland will provide one. If mask wearing and required social distancing rules are not followed or if your mask is not compliant with Santa Barbara County Public Health Department standards, you will be asked to leave. If you have questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact our office in advance of your arrival to the garden, 805.969.9990.
Ganna Walska Lotusland
Madame Ganna Walska, a well-known Polish opera singer and socialite, purchased the Montecito, California estate in 1941 and spent the next 43 years creating Lotusland, today recognized as one of the ten best gardens in the world. The spectacular collections of exotic plants on the 37-acre property are a personal expression of Walska’s penchant for the dramatic, the unexpected, and the whimsical. Lotusland is home to several extraordinary plant collections and around each corner there is a surprise of unique garden design and plant species. After her death in 1984, Lotusland became a nonprofit botanic garden and opened to the public in 1993. Our educational programs serve the Santa Barbara community and our innovative horticultural practices are shared with botanic gardens and garden-lovers around the world.
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