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Descanso Gardens

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Time out in nature, family friendly lunch, a house with history

We spent most of a day there, wandering through the trails, enjoying the views and the feeling of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Oak View, California
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What a wonder this place is. I barely got half way through because I was so mesmerized by so much... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
La Canada Flintridge, California
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Located 20 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, Descanso Gardens is a botanical garden and place of year-round natural beauty, with internationally renowned botanical collections and spectacular seasonal horticultural displays. Accredited by the...more
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1418 Descanso Dr, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011-3102
+1 818-949-4200
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We spent most of a day there, wandering through the trails, enjoying the views and the feeling of being out in nature rather than in a large city. Thanks to the staff, who gave me some plain paper, I was even able to sketch the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonder this place is. I barely got half way through because I was so mesmerized by so much beauty. I started out and meandered along until a young doe held my gaze and away we went. I followed her and watched her graze.right...More

Thank 510kerryg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was at Descanso Gardens for a wedding. I walked around the grounds and enjoyed the many varieties of plants and flowers. There are numerous hiking paths that zig zag about. The Gardens are not that large, but still interesting. A nice place to spend...More

Thank mmcquest
Reviewed 10 August 2018

I bought an annual membership and have enjoyed the summer concerts, lovely morning walk - 1 hour before teh public:-) Great place to meet a friend ans walk and chat.

Thank julial3054
Reviewed 7 August 2018

When you visit Descanso Gardens, you can disappear into the "back country" and find deer, coyotes, all kinds of wild birds, and waterfowl. Descanso is known for many of it's beautiful garden areas, such as the Japanese Gardens, the Rose Garden and the Ancient Forest...More

Thank gail m
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Descanso has always felt like a more intimate, community-based gardens than some of the others in LA and its surrounding areas, like Huntington. They make an effort to put on great events, the restaurant is a nice addition, and the work they do to improve...More

Thank Alex J
Reviewed 2 July 2018

Descanso Gardens is a bit like the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: well-graded pathways winding through carefully labeled and tended planted areas, and a totally peaceful expeience . Here, the oak forests provide canopies of shade, and the plentiful benches are an open invitation to take...More

Thank JohnMacMurray
Reviewed 2 July 2018

Visited the gardens today and found them extremely disapponting. They looked neglected and uncared for. I know water is a problem but plants were wilting and needed much dead heading. The Japanese garden had little water in it and most of the ponds and streams...More

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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Located near the wonderful Huntington Gardens, Descanso is a more affordable option and is wonderful in its own right. Gorgeous greenery and gardens, long paths and a decent place to grab a bite make this place enjoyable when you don't feel like dishing out $30...More

Thank Ashley S
Reviewed 26 June 2018

A nice setting with a rose garden, ponds and streams. Occasionally, some wildlife, and usually squirrels, birds, turtles, etc.It is best to go in the spring when the majority of the flowers are in bloom, but there is usually something to see year round. There...More

Thank Philip R
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22 July 2018|
Response from Antho G | Reviewed this property |
Yes but it is pretty hot. Make sure to go early.
20 October 2017|
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Response from k j | Reviewed this property |
Did you actually have a question about Descanso Gardens?
11 April 2017|
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Response from Somer S | Property representative |
Hi Lyndy, Because we are a botanical garden and museum (not a park), the only dogs allowed in the Gardens are those who are service dogs as defined by the ADA. Pets must stay home. Thanks!