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Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
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Type: Gardens
Description: These gardens, the speciality of which is camellias, have been expanding since their inception in the 1930s.
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Lewisburg, West Virginia
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

It's an elaborate garden. what is there not to like about it. I was visiting due to the terminal illness of a dear friend. The experience was exhausting. The visit to the garden was a welcome retreat.

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118 reviews 118 reviews
66 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Nice grounds and gardens. Not a finely finished place but a place to go and relax. If one wants to wander around it will take 3 or 4 hours to see everything. There is a small train that one can ride but I did not take that.

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Riverside, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The collection of California Native plants amid California Coastal Oaks was first-rate. We spent the better part of 4 hours wandering around the 160 acres and enjoying the gardens. This is a great place to take a walk If you like to get away from the city and be surrounded by nature. It is truly peaceful and restful as it's... More

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Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Just want to give a shout-out to the employees and volunteers who work at Descanso Gardens! Thank you for being so pleasant and helpful! I met a good friend there recently for an early lunch, a brisk walk, and some fun shopping for little stocking stuffers (never too early!) at the gift store. We didn't have much time that day... More

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Los Angeles
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Descanso Gardens is renown for its extensive collection of camellias which grown under enormous canopies of natural oak forests amid other shade-loving plants. It also features a rosarium where spring and summer bring eye-popping color from all varieties of roses and well-suited companion plants and a Japanese garden of graceful maples, azaleas, and spring-flowering cherry trees. California native specimens thrive... More

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Salem, Massachusetts
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180 reviews 180 reviews
30 attraction reviews
382 helpful votes 382 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Gardens are lovely, but we New Englanders are not used to the fierce sun; most visitors wore big sunhats and plenty of sunblock and long sleeves; you should do the same. I guess if you are a member you can arrive at 8 am and tour the gardens in the cool of the morning which might be worth it as... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Having lived in Europe and now in LA, I have missed these flowers. What a lovely surprise to see these in a place where one can enjoy a relaxing walk away from the hustle of the city. I enjoyed the walk and seeing camelias in bloom too. The blue wisteria in the front is a sight for lovers of flower... More

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La Canada Flintridge, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My friend and I walk about 4-5 times a week at Descanso Gardens so we can get our work-out and watch the flowers grow:) The tulips and lilacs in spring and roses in summer are always a welcome sight. Any time of year can bring a smile to your face as there are so many little areas to enjoy from... More

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Los Angeles
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

HIdden away in La Canada/Flintridge is a oasis from the city with a beautiful set of gardens. Wandering through the property took me back to my formative years in Pennsylvania when the "woods" were right out my back door. A relaxing spot that doesn't feel commercial or overcrowded (though I am sure that at certain times of the year, the... More

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Liberty Lake, Washington, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

What a delight!!! Around every corner there are native plants and flowers filling every sensation. I spent much of my childhood at Descanso Gardens (the 1960's) watching the development of the planning. Now, in my 60's, there are very warm memories and tons of botanical information. Do not miss this beauty.......

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