We live in one of the most beautiful regions on earth, Santa Barbara. If you love garden design and architecture, Santa Barbara and Montecito are the ultimate playground. Come with us as we visit some of our special spots; places we go for inspiration or just to breathe. It’s a Garden Getaway Santa Barbara Style.

Moorish fountain at Ganna Walska's Lotusland in Montecito CA the perfect garden getaway Santa Barbara Style

Moorish fountain at Lotusland in view of the main house

Even garden designers need inspiration from time to time and we have some favorite places that allow us get some space and stimulate those creative juices. In Santa Barbara there are endless places to go and things to do and to see. But, I chose to start with our favorite garden getaway Santa Barbara style: The Grand Dame of Santa Barbara Gardens, Ganna Walska’s Lotusland.

Lotus in bloom at Ganna Walska's Lotusland in Montecito CA the perfect garden getaway Santa Barbara style

Lotus in bloom at the Lotus pond

We love Lotusland for many reasons. This garden, with it’s vast variety of garden styles and collections of rare plants is a botanical wonderland. I have meandered the gardens at Lotusland countless times and each visit reveals something new, a garden I had not noticed before.

succulents in antique pedestal on brick within a walled garden at Ganna Walska's Lotusland in Montecito, CA the perfect garden getaway Santa Barbara style

Dramatic use of succulents in antique pedestal on brick

Lotusland and Sustainability

Ganna Walska's Lotusland succulent garden in Montecito, CA the perfect garden getaway Santa Barbara style

The entrance to Lotusland’s spectacular succulent garden

Lotusland is famous for its sustainable methods. They have been chemical and pesticide free for over 20 years. Public gardens around the country are losing rare specimens due to the overuse of chemicals and pesticides. Corey Wells, Lotusland’s Plant Healthcare Coordinator travels around the country training other public gardens on how to revive their plant collections using the natural methods developed at Lotusland.

The Perfect Garden Getaway Santa Barbara Style

Detail of the unusual stone work, hand painted tiles at Lotusland in Montecito Ca

Detail of the unusual stone work, hand painted tiles at Lotusland

The perfect garden getaway transports you to another time and place, an alternative universe perhaps and that is why Lotusland is particularly special. Each time I visit my sense of time and place are transformed and so am I. Meandering through Lotusland’s diverse gardens makes me forget where I am and even what day it is. Now, that is what I call a Garden Getaway Santa Barbara style.

display of barrel cactus at the entrance to the house at Ganna Walksas lotusland

This magnificent display of barrel cactus graces the entrance to the house

Be sure to visit Lotusland and if you are a member (which we are) you can wander the gardens at Lotusland un-attended. Otherwise you schedule a docent tour. For information on when and how to schedule a visit here’s the link

Until next time, fill your garden with joy!