Ganna Walska Lotusland

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United States of America - California - Santa Barbara

Institution Code: LOTUS

BGCI Member: Yes

Lotusland is filled with dramatic displays of exotic plants
Lotusland is filled with dramatic displays of exotic plants

About the Ganna Walska Lotusland

Lotusland is a unique 37-acre estate and botanic garden situated in the foothills of Montecito to the east of the city of Santa Barbara. The gardens now covering the estate were created by Madame Ganna Walska, who owned the property from 1941 until her death in 1984. Before her death, Madame Walska established the nonprofit Ganna Walska Lotusland Foundation, which now preserves this unrivaled botanical treasure.

Main Address:
Ganna Walska Lotusland
695 Ashley Road
Santa Barbara
California 93108 United States of America

Telephone: (805) 969-3767
Fax: (805) 969-4423
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Rebecca Anderson, Executive Director
    Curator's Name: Paul Mills, Curator of Living Collections
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 12
    Educational Staff Number: 1
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 17

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
  • Date founded: 1993
  • Physical Data
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 15 Hectares
  • Total Area: 15 Hectares
    Latitude: 34.4429820
    Longitude: -119.6573620
    Annual Rainfall: 482 mm
    Altitude: 145.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Ganna Walska Lotusland
  • Local Address: 695 Ashley Rd.
  • Locality: City: Santa Barbara
  • Locality: State: California

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 15000
    Number of Volunteers: 250

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 5533
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 3594
  • Special Collections:Cycads, palms, ferns, bromeliads, cacti & succulents, aquatics, Aloe, Euphorbia.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes