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Address: 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
Phone Number: +1 818-949-4200
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Relaxing environment

We visited on a whim with family members who live nearby on our trip out to visit for Thanksgiving. We decided against the hustle and bustle of seeing and doing too much to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Caleb D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a whim with family members who live nearby on our trip out to visit for Thanksgiving. We decided against the hustle and bustle of seeing and doing too much to instead experience some local hidden gems. This did not disappoint and was just what we needed. Great gift shop and kids and adults all loved the hours... More 

Thank Caleb D
Afton, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two of us toured the facility on a recent mid-week morning. The gardens are beautifully maintained and have nice walking trails both paved and unpaved throughout the various "zones" of the gardens. Of particular beauty were the Japanese gardens and the California Woodland areas.. particularly due to the early morning sun light filtering through the trees. Located in a suburban... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recently visited the Descanso Gardens on Sunday, October 30th for their Visitor Feedback day. My mother had visited before and told me such amazing details of the area that I was excited to go, and I was not disappointed. The gardens are very large, with a variety of different kinds of plants, flowers and landscaping. There is a lake... More 

Thank sheilak76
Los Osos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had some time before a business meeting in the area. There are historic structures, Japanese Gardens and very well maintained grounds with many varieties of trees and a wonderful Rose Garden. There is also a Cafe if you need a bite to eat.

Thank Gene H
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

We visited in October when the spring blooms were over, but the garden was properly festooned for fall with pumpkin and gourd displays everywhere. It is obviously very important with local people, many of whom took their young children for fun activities and a miniature railroad that tours around the park.

Thank MaryJane D
Glendale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

I don't know anything better around Glendale. It's good to visit with family, discover many plants... the train is very funny too... there are ponds, many rare plants, flowers... and fresh air.. I was surprised to see Mulberry tree there..

Thank bureacrate
La Crescenta, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

There is always something interesting to see here as you stroll through the various gardens. I come here often. I love the art presentations, the Japanese gardens, the camellias, lilacs, California native gardens, fountains, gift shop and more!

Thank Lynmac52
Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

This place has a lot of potential. Maybe I visited during a bad time, during the hottest months of the summer. Regardless, I can't recommend it. My wife and I spent a few hours among the gardens, but felt like we missed the attractions. Everything just seemed to be suffering from the drought, barely alive let alone vibrant or attractive.... More 

Thank Russell W
Houston Tx
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

Several beautifulgarden areas to enjoy and seasonal events including stage productions can be enjoyed here as well. A small café and the gift shop are worth a visit. This is one place not to be missed!

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California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Not as much variety, perhaps, as Huntington Gardens, however it was a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The little outdoor cafe was enjoyable too. Great place for children, they even had a little train ride around the grounds. The Boddy House was a nice glimpse into the past.

Thank JohhHoward

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