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Nice Variety

I was at Descanso Gardens for a wedding. I walked around the grounds and enjoyed the many varieties... read more

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Sacramento, California
Absolutely Beautiful Gardens

I bought an annual membership and have enjoyed the summer concerts, lovely morning walk - 1 hour... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
La Crescenta, California
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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...more
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1418 Descanso Dr, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011-3102
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Reviewed yesterday

I was at Descanso Gardens for a wedding. I walked around the grounds and enjoyed the many varieties of plants and flowers. There are numerous hiking paths that zig zag about. The Gardens are not that large, but still interesting. A nice place to spend...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I bought an annual membership and have enjoyed the summer concerts, lovely morning walk - 1 hour before teh public:-) Great place to meet a friend ans walk and chat.

Thank julial3054
Reviewed 1 week ago

When you visit Descanso Gardens, you can disappear into the "back country" and find deer, coyotes, all kinds of wild birds, and waterfowl. Descanso is known for many of it's beautiful garden areas, such as the Japanese Gardens, the Rose Garden and the Ancient Forest...More

Thank gail m
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Descanso has always felt like a more intimate, community-based gardens than some of the others in LA and its surrounding areas, like Huntington. They make an effort to put on great events, the restaurant is a nice addition, and the work they do to improve...More

Thank Alex J
Reviewed July 1, 2018

Descanso Gardens is a bit like the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: well-graded pathways winding through carefully labeled and tended planted areas, and a totally peaceful expeience . Here, the oak forests provide canopies of shade, and the plentiful benches are an open invitation to take...More

Thank JohnMacMurray
Reviewed July 1, 2018

Visited the gardens today and found them extremely disapponting. They looked neglected and uncared for. I know water is a problem but plants were wilting and needed much dead heading. The Japanese garden had little water in it and most of the ponds and streams...More

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Reviewed June 27, 2018

Located near the wonderful Huntington Gardens, Descanso is a more affordable option and is wonderful in its own right. Gorgeous greenery and gardens, long paths and a decent place to grab a bite make this place enjoyable when you don't feel like dishing out $30...More

Thank Ashley S
Reviewed June 25, 2018

A nice setting with a rose garden, ponds and streams. Occasionally, some wildlife, and usually squirrels, birds, turtles, etc.It is best to go in the spring when the majority of the flowers are in bloom, but there is usually something to see year round. There...More

Thank Philip R
Reviewed June 16, 2018 via mobile

We had a great visit and enjoyed our walk through the many gardens and groves. The high lights were the roses, the outdoor wedding sight with floral walkway and gazebo, the Japanese garden and the many ponds. Best of all was the restored home of...More

Thank C H
Reviewed June 9, 2018

My husband and I travel extensively and we always visit botanical gardens as highlights of our trips. The Descanso Gardens feature a rose garden and a Japanese garden. There are also many other flowers as well as a huge amount of Camellia trees. Unfortunately we...More

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July 21, 2018|
Response from Antho G | Reviewed this property |
Yes but it is pretty hot. Make sure to go early.
October 19, 2017|
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Response from k j | Reviewed this property |
Did you actually have a question about Descanso Gardens?
April 10, 2017|
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Response from Somer S | Property representative |
Hi Lyndy, Because we are a botanical garden and museum (not a park), the only dogs allowed in the Gardens are those who are service dogs as defined by the ADA. Pets must stay home. Thanks!