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Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
+1 818-949-4200
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Type: Gardens
Owner description: Located 20 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, Descanso Gardens is a botanical garden and place of year-round natural beauty, with internationally... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Pasadena, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
31 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Love the serenity of this place. You can get lost just walking around the garden. The whole family can spend a day here, with kids not being bored. We had fun riding the train. Decided to take the tour of the whole garden and opted only for a map which is being provided. Entrance fee is cheap, but membership would... More

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

It's an elaborate garden. what is there not to like about it. I was visiting due to the terminal illness of a dear friend. The experience was exhausting. The visit to the garden was a welcome retreat.

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Olympia
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140 reviews 140 reviews
78 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Nice grounds and gardens. Not a finely finished place but a place to go and relax. If one wants to wander around it will take 3 or 4 hours to see everything. There is a small train that one can ride but I did not take that.

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Riverside, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The collection of California Native plants amid California Coastal Oaks was first-rate. We spent the better part of 4 hours wandering around the 160 acres and enjoying the gardens. This is a great place to take a walk If you like to get away from the city and be surrounded by nature. It is truly peaceful and restful as it's... More

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Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Just want to give a shout-out to the employees and volunteers who work at Descanso Gardens! Thank you for being so pleasant and helpful! I met a good friend there recently for an early lunch, a brisk walk, and some fun shopping for little stocking stuffers (never too early!) at the gift store. We didn't have much time that day... More

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Los Angeles
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Descanso Gardens is renown for its extensive collection of camellias which grown under enormous canopies of natural oak forests amid other shade-loving plants. It also features a rosarium where spring and summer bring eye-popping color from all varieties of roses and well-suited companion plants and a Japanese garden of graceful maples, azaleas, and spring-flowering cherry trees. California native specimens thrive... More

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Salem, Massachusetts
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182 reviews 182 reviews
30 attraction reviews
383 helpful votes 383 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Gardens are lovely, but we New Englanders are not used to the fierce sun; most visitors wore big sunhats and plenty of sunblock and long sleeves; you should do the same. I guess if you are a member you can arrive at 8 am and tour the gardens in the cool of the morning which might be worth it as... More

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Scotland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Having lived in Europe and now in LA, I have missed these flowers. What a lovely surprise to see these in a place where one can enjoy a relaxing walk away from the hustle of the city. I enjoyed the walk and seeing camelias in bloom too. The blue wisteria in the front is a sight for lovers of flower... More

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My friend and I walk about 4-5 times a week at Descanso Gardens so we can get our work-out and watch the flowers grow:) The tulips and lilacs in spring and roses in summer are always a welcome sight. Any time of year can bring a smile to your face as there are so many little areas to enjoy from... More

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Los Angeles
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

HIdden away in La Canada/Flintridge is a oasis from the city with a beautiful set of gardens. Wandering through the property took me back to my formative years in Pennsylvania when the "woods" were right out my back door. A relaxing spot that doesn't feel commercial or overcrowded (though I am sure that at certain times of the year, the... More

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