I’ve been wanting to visit Lotusland in Santa Barbara since I read about it in a magazine a year ago. I met up with my some of my sisters for a birthday weekend and decided this would be the perfect excuse to splurge {$50/ticket!} and walk the gardens. You guys, it was amazing! Worth every penny. I can’t wait to go back.

Main house at Lotusland. We didn’t get to go inside but some day I would love to!

The lotus flowers were six feet tall and there were hundreds of them.

There were palms and monstera leaves bigger than me!

Oh how I love these girls!

The tour was supposed to be three hours but we were so entranced our docent wandered and shared history with us for three hours. We soaked it all in. The woman behind this masterpiece garden is named Galla Walksa. She was quirky, insightful and brilliant. I am so inspired!

The cactus garden was my favorite. These pictures don’t do it justice! It was insanely amazing.

Hundreds of cactus so much bigger than us. I felt like I was transported to another world.

The grounds are over thirty acres. There is a Japanese garden, cactus garden, succulent garden, blue garden, aloe garden, shade palm garden and more.

Can you believe how BIG these cacti are??! We look like miniature people.

This trellis with lemons felt like we were in France. I feel like we visited at least five different countries walking through the various gardens.

The main house has spanish tile and dripping cactus.

If you visit and you think you’ll want to go more than one time, I recommend purchasing a membership. It would have been about the same as four tickets. The ticket price is a little steep but it was an incredible experience and I absolutely loved it! Find out more about Lotusland and Ganna Walksa here.

And friends, we’re having a big sale in the shop to celebrate my birthday. All birthstone jewelry is 20% off. These are a couple of my favorites. Click here to see more.

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