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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Beautiful place to visit, the grounds are larger than it appears on the map, the paths are paved good for those who go with a wheelchair and also dirt paths for those who want a closer view. In the home on the grounds is short video giving you history of the beautiful garden. The cost is very reasonable and well... More 

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Cerritos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We visited here just before their annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The flowers were outstanding - not only the cherry trees, but tulips and camellias. They have a pleasant outdoor café and a peaceful Japanese Garden. The Boddy House is frequently open to the public - an interesting home. There is even a train ride for children. We enjoy going during... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Honestly the entrance looks nice, but what comes then is a bad joke like the " Japanese Garden" . I have been to other Japanese Gardens, this one is VERY dissapointing! I would have paid even more if they would offer something authentic, and different, but the whole time we all had the feeling that we have paid just to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

During our recent stay in Pasadena, we wanted to find a pretty morning walk every day - particularly since most museums don't open till later. Descanso did not disappoint. You can easily wander the grounds and enjoy different vignettes. It truly is a "camelia farm" (was actually a commercial entity at one time) and the blooms in February were outstanding.... More 

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phoenix
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I have been to Descanso throughout the year, but it is clearly in the winter months when the camellias are showing off in their glory. This garden has the full spectrum of colors and varieties. If you also want to have a quiet spot off the beaten path from the LA freeways to enjoy mother nature, this is a fine... More 

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