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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
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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Beautiful anytime of year

Gorgeous,lovely walk any time of year. Then stop for lunch, relax and enjoy. Want a good hike head up the hill.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Rita M
La Canada Flintridge, California
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La Canada Flintridge, California
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9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gorgeous,lovely walk any time of year. Then stop for lunch, relax and enjoy. Want a good hike head up the hill.

Thank Rita M
La Canada Flintridge, California
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was given a membership for Christmas, which allows me to bring one guest.At least twice a month, I invite my friends to come and walk with me and talk, instead of eating something high calorie at a restaurant while we chat. You can do the perimeter in about 45 minutes- during which time, depending on the season, you pass... More 

Thank LindaF1953
La Canada Flintridge, California
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have a season pass and enjoy going there at diffeent time of the year. There is always something blooming.They have a good gift store but I do not think there coffee/lunch counter is as good as it could be, and it is also expensive, so I never plan on lunch or coffee.

Thank 456LTR
La Crescenta, California
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So tranquil and gorgeous grounds great for a brisk walk or a stroll or to sit and soak in nature. Best deal is a membership for $70/yr for unlimited visits - opens early at 8 am

Thank julial3054
La Crescenta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Every time I need to get away, I come to Descanso. If you are local, buy a membership. The trails are great. They have cool art at the Boddy House. They have all kinds of programs that are usually free with your paid ticket in. One of my favorite places and sanctuaries in Los Angeles.

Thank Karyn B
Monrovia, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Imagine being in LA, and then transported to a serene urban woodland area nestled in and around the San Rafael Hills near Pasadena and La Canada Flintridge, CA. At 160 acres, it's slightly larger than Disneyland and California Adventure combined. There are half a dozen botany areas - Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, ancient forest of tree ferns -- ancient, but... More 

Thank astrojane
Lancaster, California
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

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 

Thank JanT56737
Newark, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

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 

Thank GKayY56
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

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.

Thank GermaicanSpiceGirl
Seattle, Washington
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61 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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 

Thank mariemtm

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