Santa Barbara, California
The grounds of opera lover Ganna Walska’s 1940s estate, Lotusland, show off the entire world of plant palettes, from a bog garden to 450 species of cactus. July and August are great months to visit, when water lilies are in bloom.
695 Ashley Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA
Guided tours at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday February 15 through November 15.