you're looking for things to do in Santa Barbara, this is a must for
garden lovers. The Lotusland gardens in Montecito are among the world's
best examples of mass planting, leading the trend for many gardeners
today. The estate, once owned by Polish opera singer Ganna Walska, is
truly magnificent — filled with a theater garden, desert garden, rose
gardens, Japanese garden and rare collection of cycads.
Lotusland is located at 695 Ashley Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Call 805-969-9990 for reservations, which are offered at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday between Feb. 15 and Nov. 15. Cost is $35.