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Descanso Gardens

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Address: 1418 Descanso Dr, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011-3102
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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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Beautiful and huge

One could walk here for an hour (we just did) and never see the same lovely plants. Huge, easy strolling, some cafe food (didn't sample) and nice gift shop. Will come here again... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One could walk here for an hour (we just did) and never see the same lovely plants. Huge, easy strolling, some cafe food (didn't sample) and nice gift shop. Will come here again. Cost today was $6 for seniors, $10 for others, with small ones free. Beautiful park that is a private-county entity.

Thank rockdocker
Syosset, New York
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230 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Looked for something out of the ordinary and found it. Beautifully kept gardens, roses were in full bloom and were wonderful. Little train for the kids to ride. A lily pond with frogs and fish and turtles! Areas to sit and picnic. A lovely cafe, great paths to walk along. Excellent fun day

Thank Momma L
Chula Vista, California
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens are beautiful and well maintained, however give an natural feel, not formal. The rose gardens are amazing. ,

Thank Charlie B
Azusa, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went at the beginning of April and the cherry blossoms were blooming. It was so beautiful! It's less than $10 to get in and you can spend hours there, you can even picnic outside the venue. You can check their website to see which flowers are blooming for each month. I recommend buying tickets online during the summer months... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I can't believe in all my years of living nearby, I've never been to this garden until now. I went last weekend with my fiancé and I was almost overwhelmed with how beautiful everything was. The Japanese garden was so cute, the Lilac garden, the art gallery, I could go on. There's endless places to walk around and soak up... More 

Thank merrvgokings
La Crescenta, California
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The first time I arrived at Descanso Gardens was several years ago as a crew member on a low budget TV show. The first thing you should see is the Japanese Garden area. It is quite magnificent. There is a bridge that overlooks a small stream with huge goldfish. Also, take a stroll through the huge rose garden area over... More 

Thank Ted B
Rancho Cucamonga, California
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134 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

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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53 reviews
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

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.

San Clemente, California
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172 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

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 

Thank windiveski
Cleveland, Ohio
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3 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

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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