Members Visit Free & Self-Guide
Call 805.969.3767 or sign up online to learn more about Member benefits including access to exhibitions, invitations to enriching events and programs, and valuable discounts at Lotusland’s Garden Shop, and savings opportunities at more than a dozen local nurseries.
Lotusland Visitor Mask and Social Distance Policy
Visitors must always wear a mask and keep a minimum of six feet distance from others (visitors, staff and volunteers). Masks or face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times, by all visitors (children under 3 are exempt), all volunteers and staff. Masks with exhalation valves, vents, or holes are not acceptable. If a visitor arrives without a mask or requires a suitable replacement, we will provide one. If mask wearing and social distancing rules are not followed or if your mask is not compliant, you will be asked to leave. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us in advance of your arrival, 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.
Lotusland Mission Statement
We preserve and enhance the unique, historic estate of Madame Ganna Walska, care for and improve its collections, and develop its conservation and horticulture programs, so they educate us, inspire us, and advance our understanding and appreciation of the importance of plants in our lives and in the life of the planet.
Planning for the Future:
A Critical Conservation Collaboration
By the early 1970’s Madame Walska had amassed one of the greatest cycad collections in the country. Today, Lotusland is successfully engaged in the critical work of protecting threatened and endangered species of plants from around the world and saving them from extinction. Among those plants are Cycads – some of the most threatened plants on the planet. Lotusland is embarking on a comprehensive renovation of our largest cycad garden bed and developing an ex situ assurance colony for Encephalartos heenanii, a South African cycad now believed to be extinct in the wild. For more information and to support these critical projects click below.