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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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Delightful! Delovely!!Dewonderful!!

Love Descanso . Great walking Among the nature and gardens. Surprises around every bend... A tea house, amphitheater, historic Boddy House, and most Recent...lake trail... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Love Descanso . Great walking Among the nature and gardens. Surprises around every bend... A tea house, amphitheater, historic Boddy House, and most Recent...lake trail. Deer, ducks, Birds, squirrels...little ones love to visit. Have lunch...great outdoor cafe, And gift shop. Seasonal fun!

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Sioux Falls
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Our family was visiting LA for the holidays and enjoyed the beauty of the gardens inspire of the fact it is off season. Some of the Camelias and roses were still in bloom. I appreciated the free wheelchair since I injured myself the previous day. I have been to the gardens in all season now and truly look forward to... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Camellias in bloom in November, fall color in the tranquil Japanese garden, plus wildlife viewing [a couple of packs of mule deer]. There is a great gift shop as well.

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Los Angeles
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Perhaps faces in the garden is too strong, yet if you take the time to pause, some of the old oaks actually do seem to have faces in the gnarled knots where large limbs once grew. Puckered and perhaps grumpy old men, these oaks and redwoods shelter the deer which can often be seen at the gardens in early morning... More 

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Tujunga, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Right in the middle of the most beautiful gardens, this restaurant provides a wonderful repast while walking the gardens or just sitting and feeling the wonderment of nature.

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Huntington Beach, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The fall weather was spectacular this one day and we enjoyed the fresh air and lovely grounds. Mothers with toddlers were showing their kids the flowers and all was pleasantly quiet and invigorating. Liked the new garden area and look forward to its "natural" development.

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Los Angeles, California, Usa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

For years I saw the announcements for special events and informational lectures at DG. And for years, I said I would go. I finally went last week, and now I wonder why it took me so long to get there. We went on an unseasonably warm November day, and we're surprised by how much the temperature drops just a short... More 

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La Canada, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I have a membership to Descano Gardens so I can take walks and enjoy the flowers. This weekend I went and was surprised to enjoy a drumming presentation. They always have nice activities for kids, families and others. Great local fiind.

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Hong Kong, China
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Best times to go is during March, April and May for the floral gardens. In the summer time, only roses are blooming. So the Rose Garden is a must. Everywhere else feels more like a forest than a garden. Ample signs around the garden and a map so you won't get lost since it's actually bigger than I expected. Multiple... More 

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Descanso Gardens is a little slice of life in the midst of this dry climate. It's a wonderful place for a long walk and to let the kiddos run free. We especially love their music every Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the summer.

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