Staff Report

Ganna Walska Lotusland will reopen in mid-May, as it has been determined to be an essential “Outdoor Recreation” space by Santa Barbara County. The operators of the botanical garden in Montecito are implementing the public Health Department’s requirements to create a safe experience for people who want to explore and immerse themselves in this 37-acre botanical wonderland.

The garden is very safe and allows for social distancing by its very nature, and operators are confident the community will benefit from this time in the outdoors. There will be staff and volunteer Garden Attendants stationed throughout the property trained to protect visitors and the plant collections. The operators are requiring face masks and are not granting access to any buildings except the Visitor Center restrooms. Lotusland is also selling masks and also providing hand sanitizer. 

Guests will be able to use the camera on their phones to scan QR codes for detailed horticultural information while in the garden. It should be noted that this status could be revoked in the future if safety cannot be preserved or if the county changes its order. 

All visitors will self-guide through the garden. Information on making a reservation may be found on the garden’s website by phone at 805-969-9990. Public reservations are available from May 20.

Lotusland was forced to close in March and, like all local businesses, has experienced revenue shortfalls due to cancelled tours, group visits, and fundraising events. This summer’s Lotusland Celebrates gala will continue as a “virtual event” bringing an online auction, a public awareness campaign and a program with incredible garden imagery and entertainment to enjoy from the comfort of one’s home on July 25. You can follow the event on Instagram. To make a donation, go to