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Address: 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
Phone Number: +1 818-949-4200
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Description: 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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Peaceful and Beautiful Gardens and Walking Paths

We spent the most of our visit in the Rose garden area. It was so pretty to see the different colors of roses and other flowers from all over the world. It was like we had escaped... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Riverside, California
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west hills, ca
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346 reviews 346 reviews
111 attraction reviews
295 helpful votes 295 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This place is off the beaten path, it was once the estate of a publishing magnate who unsuccessfully ran for California Senator. The grounds are spread out. Some plants are labeled and others not. Not much was in bloom here so the roses were disappointing. I also found some of the plantings to be sparsely spaced and not what I... More 

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Riverside, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We spent the most of our visit in the Rose garden area. It was so pretty to see the different colors of roses and other flowers from all over the world. It was like we had escaped to a peaceful flower world; with all our worries and stresses behind us. There were lots of benches and sitting areas throughout the... More 

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Isla de ometepe
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

If you want to get away from the madness for a few hours without driving out of your way, spend some time here. Descanso Gardens is an oasis in the concrete jungle that soothes and lifts the spirit. The eats here are not bad here either. Patina, baby!!!

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La Canada Flintridge, California, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Descanso gardens is a beautiful place to walk and enjoy the plants and flowers. They are always changing the flower beds so there is always something new to see. During the week it is very peaceful and a nice place to walk with a friend.

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La Crescenta, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Descanso Gardens is a absolute gem for the visitor. It is serene, and has an abundance of trees and plants to delight all ages. Descanso has a very professional and friendly staff to answer all questions. The visit is well worth the small entrance fee.

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Los Angeles, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
12 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Once a month Descanso Gardens provides a free day that allows everyone, including non-members, an opportunity to come in and walk the grounds. This was how I was introduced to the interior of this primarily botanical reserve. The place is very peaceful for strolling and contemplation, but the keepers have everything timed so that whenever you visit, something different is... More 

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L.A.
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111 reviews 111 reviews
18 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I always have enjoyed coming to Descanso Gardens, I have to say that yesterday it was the first time with a baby and unfortunately they don´t have a place where to change diapers besides the really dirty (water liking) stinky bathrooms by the restaurant, really disappointed.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I love the rose gardens! It is a lovely setting and the Japanese tea house is wonderful. Many couples have used this location for their wedding.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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51 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This garden was wonderfully done. It had many many native gardens and natural forest areas. There was a Japanese garden and a little formal area when we first arrived but it really focused on the natives. The lilac garden section was amazing. I went at the beginning of March so it was not in full bloom but I highly recommend... More 

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Los Angeles
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112 reviews 112 reviews
20 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We went on a last minute whim, but had a little trouble getting to the front door. After finally finding it, we walked through much of the property in about 1-1/2 hours. Probably the time of year did not suit the gardens, because much of it was just starting to bloom. I would suggest waiting and going later in spring... More 

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