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Descanso Gardens

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Address: 1418 Descanso Dr, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011-3102
Phone Number: +1 818-949-4200
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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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Summertime Event

This was our second visit to the Gardens (live about 90 mins away) and based on an article in our local paper decided to visit one of the summertime events, Lakeside Lounge. It... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
JanT56737
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Lancaster, California

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Lancaster, California
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was our second visit to the Gardens (live about 90 mins away) and based on an article in our local paper decided to visit one of the summertime events, Lakeside Lounge. It was very nice, even though one of the hottest days of the summer. We brought our own chairs and recommend since there is limited seating. The only... More 

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Newark, California
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the expansive and well maintained gardens here. It was good to see in July but I think it is better to go in the spring when the flowers are blooming. We saw many plants but very few flowers due to the time of year. We also went on a Monday when many of the exhibits (gallery and the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Descanso Gardens in La Canada is a nice park/garden to come to on a summer day....the gardens are pretty, there's a little pond, and several park areas to walk around in. There's also a gift shop and restrooms. I enjoy coming here a lot, there's always a nice, family vibe here.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had the opportunity to attend a wedding at this amazingly beautiful venue this past weekend. What a gorgeous place. So many places to hold the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Many areas with shade as well...had no problem with the heat due to the very large shade trees and in the Japanese Garden a lovely stream and pond. I would... More 

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the precious hidden gems in SoCal- gorgeous topo and botanical treasures perfect for the zen you're in- reflective, family or aesthetic.

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Thank Eric G
United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Descanso Gardens is a beautiful place to visit. Once inside the gardens, one truly feels like one is no longer in Los Angeles. The gardens are quiet and peaceful. There are both paved paths to walk on, as well as dirt paths. Different flowers are planted in one of the main areas of the garden during different seasons. The rose... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Descanso Gardens is one of the most peaceful, rejuvenating locations in all of Los Angeles. Most of the pathways are shaded by large trees (mostly oak and redwood), which makes it pleasant to walk around even in the hot summer temperatures. The pathways wind around the gardens taking you through lilac gardens, rose gardens, a Japanese garden, California native plants,... More 

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

The Descanso garden has a variety of garden displays, from more European bedding gardens to Asian garden displays. We were disappointed on our visit in early May because most of the gardens were not blooming (camellia, lilac). The smallish rose garden had completed its first flush of blooms; unfortunately because the roses had not been deadheaded, there were no new... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

The concept to build and maintain a diverse echo garden like Descanso in the middle of the city is a grand ambitious project on massive scale. This is a wonderful story of success and continuity. The garden is a living proof that human intervention can help bring awareness and harmony to visitors. Every time I visit the garden, I am... More 

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new york
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

we got married here this past weekend.. not only was it a gorgeous but the people who worked there were amazing.. to the last detail, they handled all of our questions and problems.. on the wedding day, they totally delivered everything they promised and it made for a perfect wedding ceremony

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