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Address: 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
Phone Number: +1 818-949-4200
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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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Excellent Escape into Nature

Descanso Gardens isn't as wonderful as Huntington Library, but it is a gem with plenty of gorgeous walks and easy parking. Huntington can get packed and is more expensive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Janice P
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La Canada Flintridge, California
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La Canada Flintridge, California
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Descanso Gardens isn't as wonderful as Huntington Library, but it is a gem with plenty of gorgeous walks and easy parking. Huntington can get packed and is more expensive. Descanso is more of a retreat.

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beautiful place though can be somewhat loud with children who seem to just be excited about the prospect of riding the miniature train or observing nature. I'm a member and am never disappointed any time I'm here. You have to check this place out.

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful garden tucked away in the middle of a lovely residential area. There are beautiful grounds to wander and get in touch with nature. They are known for their rose gardens. They have many special events so be sure to review their website. This is also a lovely location to have a wedding!! A must see if... More 

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you appreciate beautiful flowers and a nice walk, you have picked one of my top 5 places to go. Don't forget a cup of Cafe Late from the coffee shop in the gardens. NK

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Los Angeles, California
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

I had never heard of "Rise Of The Pumpkins" until my friend suggested we go. I'm game for anything, but was unprepared for the size and impact of this pumpkin event, which is unlike any other. These aren't merely jack o'lanterns, folks. These are beautifully carved pumpkin SCULPTURES, many of them life-sized figures, cars, dragons...you name it, they created it,... More 

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Thank Kris W
La Crescenta, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

This is one of the best places in S. California to see plant life in a very unique setting. Beautiful grounds that are well maintained. A treat for the whole family.

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Corona del Mar, California
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

This is a great place to stroll around. Not as crowded or large as Huntington Gardens, but it is very pleasant place to enjoy nature.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

I want to echo the previous posters sentiment in regards to Rise of the Pumpkins 2015. Previous years there were numerous individually carved pumpkins. This year they opted for exponentially fewer individually carved pumpkins opting for larger installations. the time to view things took less than 15 minutes. Hardly worth the money. The folks from Descanso Gardens were apologetic and... More 

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La Crescenta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

There are so many different things to see in the wildlife reserve- plants, ducks, beautiful landscaping... I can't get enough!

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Long Beach, CA
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10 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Last year (2014) the Descanso Gardens event was SO much better than this year. Looks like now that they've added another location they are spreading themselves thin. The most detailed pumpkins are, of course, the fake ones (yes, it's true----read their FAQ) and they are still wonderful to look at. The real pumpkins that are replaced every week are far... More 

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