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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 escape in the city

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Cerritos, California
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Cerritos, California
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139 reviews 139 reviews
60 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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York
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74 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
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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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We spent several hours at Descanso Gardens looking at the flowers, trees, ponds and other attractions. Lots of birds, butterflies, turtles and fish in the pond. Reasonable admission. Great photography opportunities.

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Kapalua, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is the perfect spot to stroll through gardens, you can enjoy camellias, roses, oaks and step back in time in LA. The staff at the gardens do a great job of maintaining the huge property and always have new attractions. We attended the Halloween Pumpkin Festival and it was amazing. If you have kids they run a "ride on"... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This place is very beautiful and tucked away in the hills away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Don't worry, it's very easy to get to. - What really stands out is their world class collection of camellias. They literally have a forest of them. Also you have a quaint Japanese tea garden with koi ponds and the... More 

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A perfect place to enjoy the gardens, camellias, roses and a lovely art gallery. The paths are easy to follow and the birdwatching is excellent.

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San Clemente, California
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32 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

After dropping off our daughter early at the airport, my wife suggested we take advantage of our early departure to visit descanso gardens. As we had visited before, I was less than enthusiastic. While I like camellias (I have seven different varieties in my garden) this garden doesn't really display them in an interesting or insightful way. Some of their... More 

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Nashville, TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Our trip to Descanso in January was clearly not what it would have been later in the year. Some camellias were blooming and the gardens were certainly lush enough for a nice walk around. If you've been dealing with freeways and buildings, take the drive and get away!

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