Originally planted many decades ago, Descanso Gardens is a must see for any local or visitor who likes to visit botanical gardens. The camelias,under old oak trees, comprise North America's largest collection. But these camelias aren't like the kind in your mom's yard. These camelias bushes (no, trees, not bushes) are old, established and huge. There's also a beautiful rose garden, and a huge tulip planting done every spring. February March is the best time to view the camelias in bloom. Go early. Nearby is the village of Montrose. The town that time forgot. The shops harken back to the 50s, dotted here and there with some interesting restaurants. Worth a look.
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