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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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Simply Beautiful

The most awesome Gardens Ive been to. They have wonderful trails to all the different flowers, with streams, ponds, and waterfalls. I think I took over 200 photos. They have a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The most awesome Gardens Ive been to. They have wonderful trails to all the different flowers, with streams, ponds, and waterfalls. I think I took over 200 photos. They have a nice outside patio restaurant to have a nice lunch while your there. If you enjoy nice scenery, flowers, and the outdoors you must see this place. Outstanding.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

New this year family friendly events that mash up trendy food, music and adult beverages. Free parking located at the gardens. A short stroll in a newly open lagoon area at Descanco Gardens you can spread out a blanket or share a wooden table and chat with fellow foodies and their families. Wine and Golden Road beer served in tall... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I am a member. Love it. So beautiful & can even walk/hike . I like taking my family & eating at the Cafe next to the ponds. The gift store is great.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Any season, Descanso Gardens is a lovely way to spend a day. I like to go when the lilacs are blooming in the spring, during the spring flower festival when the tulip garden is in full bloom, and when the camellias bloom in the winter. Anytime is the right time! The rose garden is special, too.

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Cotati, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

These beautiful gardens offer beautiful strolling paths, a Japanese tea garden, ponds, garden maze, mini train ride for young and young at heart. Events often in outdoor theatre space. Lots of good vibes and pleasant spaces to cool off when the heat settles on SoCal. Decent but limited food. Good gift shop with nature theme gifts. This seems to be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Definitely a place to check out, it's a beautiful garden with cheap admission. The rose arch is nice you can smell the roses. Lots of walking. Big trees, beautiful Camilla in many colors. The mansion is a must see. What a beautiful kitchen! So many things to see!

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Flushing, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

My mom and I visited Descanso gardens for several hours this past week. It was quiet and so peaceful. If you can appreciate flowers and nature, you will like this place. We saw dragonflies land on lily pads and hummingbirds frolic(do hummingbirds actually do this??) in the Japanese Gardens. It wasn't huge or exciting, but the roses were amazing in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I've been here during the fall and in the summer and can't wait to check it out during the Spring next year. It is a lovely place to meander.

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Los Angeles
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Visited here on Memorial day weekend but, most of the blooms in the rose garden had faded and weren't that many flowers in bloom overall except for one small part of the gardens. Better to come in February for the spectacular camellia blooms or in early May when the roses start blooming and the wildflowers are still showing off. For... More 

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west hills, ca
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

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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