Members Visit Free & Self-Guide

Call 805.969.3767 or sign up online

Learn more about Member benefits including access to exhibitions, invitations to enriching events and programs, valuable discounts at Lotusland’s Garden Shop, and savings opportunities at more than a dozen local nurseries.



Reservations are required. We recommend booking 2-3 weeks in advance of your desired visit.

Reservations are made by phone,  please leave a voicemail message and a member of our team will return your call in the order it was received.


Welcome to

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.

Don’t miss the last of our Lessons from Lotusland Spring and Summer Series:

Aquatic Plants: Lotuses, Waterlilies, and More with Paul Mills, Curator of the Living Collections
Tuesday, June 22 – 5:30 PST – live webinar – Free with registration
Learn about the water-loving plants of Lotusland. From our namesake plant, the sacred lotus, to the common duckweed, these hydrophytes often have specialized adaptations to survive in their watery environment. We’ll learn about one of the largest leaved plants, Gunnera tinctoria of southern Chile, and the smallest vascular plant, Wolfia arrhiza along with the history of the Water Gardens at Lotusland and plenty of glam shots of our hardy and tropical water lilies.

Lotusland Visitor Mask and Social Distance Policy
As of  6.15.2021

COVID-19 safety rules are in effect at the Garden.   Visitors must arrive with a cloth mask or face covering.

Based on Santa Barbara County Health Officer Order, masks with exhalation valves, vents, or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings. Masks with valves allow unfiltered exhaled air to escape and are an unsatisfactory form of source control in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Face coverings must fully cover the nose and the mouth

If a visitor arrives without a mask or requires a suitable replacement, Lotusland will provide one.

Indoors & At The Visitor Center

Masks or Face Coverings are required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors when indoors or at The Visitor Center. Children under 3 are exempt.

In The Garden

Masks or face coverings are optional when in the Garden. Please keep a six-foot distance from others when possible (visitors, garden staff, volunteers).

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.