Gana Walska Lotusland is a whimsical and uniquely designed collection of many different styles of botanicals and landscapes formed over decades by creator Gana Walska.
The spectacular assortment of exotic plants throughout the 37-acre property are a very personal expression of Walska’s penchant for the dramatic and the unexpected.
My daughter Lindsay treated me to this magical day in Montecito!
Fern Garden – Check out that giant stage horn fern, this one probably measured over 8 feet across!
A giant clam shell fountain that led to a quirky faux beach and pond.
Water Garden – Our guide told us the best time to view the lotus and water lilies in bloom is June and July.
Expansive Cactus Gardens
Giant Cactus two stories high
Desert Scape – over 300 different species of cacti!
Interesting mosaics, pebble patterns, glass borders and even a semi-precious stone garden.
I loved the blue glass stone paths.
There were succulent gardens and blue gardens and great stretches of laws with topiaries.
With the distinction of being one of the “Top 10 Gardens in the World”, lotusland includes exotic trees and plants from different parts of the globe.
Local wildflower and butterfly gardens were featured.
Look at this fantastic lemon arbor. I’ve never seen anything like it!
One of my favorites was the tropical garden.
For a moment, I felt like I was in another world.
Cycad Garden – Lotusland botanical gardens holds rare and endangered species of cycads, including some that are extinct in the wild.
Koi pond in the cycad garden
I learned a lot about cycads from our knowledgeable guide.
After two plus hours of absorbing such beauty we ended our tour back where we started, at the Japanese gardens.
So grateful to be the beneficiary of Gana Walska’s eccentric love of gardens and all things beautiful.
Santa Barbara is only a few minutes from these botanical gardens in Monticeto, CA. After our tour, we had a fabulous lunch at Carlitos in SB.
I loved LotusLand! Reservations usually need to be made months in advance.
Be blessed, Linda
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” – Revelation 4:11
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