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Descanso Gardens

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Address: 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
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+1 818-949-4200
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Excellent, what a day to spend our day, lots sunshine, lots of camellias with different colors, just gorgeous.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Pasadena, California
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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent, what a day to spend our day, lots sunshine, lots of camellias with different colors, just gorgeous.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place is amazing for so many reasons and it evolves throughout the year. As different plants/flowers are in season the place becomes a new terrain of beauty. From the Rose Garden, to the Lilacs, to going this past weekend for a Camellia Tea Event (while everything else is still pretty dead). There's always something to admire in this place... More 

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Lake Arrowhead, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had not gone to Descanso Gardens for many, many years, but I had remembered the experience from that long lost past and was delighted to see that the Gardens is still a great place to go. On a pleasant afternoon, we wandered the many paths, strolled around the ponds and toured the residence. Every place was charming, and sitting... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

It was a nice hike at probably the worst time of year. Not many blooms ... saw a lot of skeletons; the arbors, bare trees, etc. $9 each ... and we'd do it again. The Mansion was quite amazing. We do want to go again, maybe in the spring and fall. I overheard my wife telling friends and family over... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

After seeing the light garden at the Denver Botanical Gardens we were excited to go to this one thinking it would be somewhat the same experience. Not so. It was great fun for kids to run around through the trees and jump on lights. The rambunctiousness was too much for us. The idea of a quiet stroll was out the... More 

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Santa Clarita, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

While,it's too late for this year book next year's Enchanted Forest This evening walk through the gardens is worth the 28 dollar price of admission to see the lights great for couples and for families with children

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Irvine, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

We received tickets to the Enchanted Forest of Light and drove up from Orange County on a Saturday evening at 8:00. There is not nearly enough parking at Descanso Gardens and we ended parking on the street 3/4 of a mile away. The line to get in took about 15 minutes to negotiate but the check in process did go... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful display of beautiful lights. They did such a fantastic job I want to see the whole garden during the day. This is great for couples, kids and everyone in between. The only thing I would say they could improve on is the directions and ground lighting. It was at times a little difficult to know what direction... More 

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

This only runs for a short time in the winter. We visited in December at about 8pm and the tickets said "rain or shine", well it rained, awesome! But I feel it only added to our experience and made for some cool pictures. Bring good shoes, warm jackets and possibly an umbrella. The time on your ticket is when they... More 

Thank Cristina C
Niskayuna, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Near Pasadena are the lovely Descanso Gardens. It's amazing how much beauty and botanical variety is available in such a small space without t all seeming crowded. Amidst the bustle of freeways, close housing, roaring traffic, this oasis surrounds you with peace. Though the rose garden is featured, I preferred the camellias and the Oak woodlands. Who knew there were... More 

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