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Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011-3102
+1 818-949-4200
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Descanso Gardens - a rural yet refined

Imagine being in LA, and then transported to a serene urban woodland area nestled in and around the... read more

Reviewed August 4, 2016
Monrovia, California
Summertime Event

This was our second visit to the Gardens (live about 90 mins away) and based on an article in our... read more

Reviewed July 24, 2016
Lancaster, 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 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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1418 Descanso Dr, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011-3102
+1 818-949-4200

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Reviewed August 4, 2016

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...More

Thank astrojane
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...More

Thank JanT56737
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...More

Thank GKayY56
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...More

Thank GermaicanSpiceGirl
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...More

Thank mariemtm
Reviewed June 27, 2016 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.

Thank Eric G
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...More

Thank Pam D
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...More

Thank FoggyShore
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...More

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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...More

Thank Emad A
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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!
December 14, 2016|
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Response from Eric G | Reviewed this property |
Admission •General $9 •Seniors 65 and over/Students with ID $6 •Children (5 to 12 years) $4 •Descanso members and children under 5 are free