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Descanso Gardens

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Address: 1418 Descanso Dr, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011-3102
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Located 20 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, Descanso Gardens is a...

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 American Association of Museums as a museum of living collections, Descanso Gardens welcomes 250,000 visitors annually. The principal collections include California native plants and oak woodlands; one of the largest concentration of camellia plants in the Western Hemisphere; a rose garden with specimens from all corners of the globe; and significant presentations of lilacs, maple trees, cherry trees and iris. It has been designated an International Camellia Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society.

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Very pleasant gardens, with many Camellias and Lilacs

Very nice to tour through. The camellias were just starting to bloom when we visite; the lilacs looked to be almost done blooming. I guess we timed that incorrectly! There are a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very nice to tour through. The camellias were just starting to bloom when we visite; the lilacs looked to be almost done blooming. I guess we timed that incorrectly! There are a couple of lakes/ponds and there ducks, Canadian Geese and other birds to be easily seen. We saw a pair of Canadian geese with three goslings hatched on site.... More 

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Diamond Bar, California
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The serene gardens are treats for the eyes and soul. Many rest stops to sit and take in the scenery and just relax and take in the sights. Visiting the Boddy House is a must.

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San Clemente, California
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Self walking tour of the Descanso Gardens with a few themed area such as the Japanese garden and Rose garden. April Easter Sunday temp was 72F and very comfortable. Free parking and $9 entrance fee for adults. Wheelchairs are available [limited quantities]. Very well maintained. Remember to bring your camera to better photos than using cell phones. There is a... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First time to this garden cause heard the beautiful cherry blossoms. It is very beautiful, but we should go 2 weeks early and it will be more prettier. The garden has the perfect size for my family, a lot of plants and road, a little bit hills, some small ponds with fishes, turtles, etc. We arrived 11am to catch the... More 

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Wasilla, Alaska
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent botanical gardens. Lot of things to see in 150 acres. The Japanese garden was well done. The ancient garden with costal red woods with a park like atmosphere. A lot of photo opportunities. Great walking trails. Great website.

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Thank Richard C
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent about 2 hours here and really enjoyed it. I visited in the Spring, after a lot of rain, so the cherry blossom and roses were beautiful. I thought it was very good value for money ($9). It was quite busy (I visited on a Saturday lunchtime), so maybe try and go in the week if your schedule permits.

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Thank Linda_UK_2015
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on an absolutely perfect day! One of my very favorite spots in L A. There are so many beautiful plants and seating areas. I feel like l see something different every time I come.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was another perfect day in California. The Descanso Gardens was busy with families and kids. The cherry blossoms were awesome. With plenty of flowers and shade, you can spend many hours here. The Japanese garden was good, not great as other gardens we been to. There are plenty if trails, a small lake with ducks. Lots of free parking... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first visit in 15 years and we enjoyed the visit. It is spring and the entire place is enveloped in color. Tulips, Iris, lilac, poppy, camellias, roses, the list goes on. It is something like 80 acres and two buildings toward the back contain art galleries which we enjoyed. Toward the entry, it's mostly level, toward the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great visit any time and especially attractive in the spring after a good rainy season. Cherry blossoms abound and seasonal flowers are always present tended by a professional staff of greens men and women. A botanical garden some 20-miles from downtown Los Angeles which charges a modest fee for entry. There is a gift shop which includes some plants... More 

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