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“A Little Oasis”

The Gardens of the World
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Owner description: The Gardens of the World is privately owned and operated by the Hogan Family Foundation, Inc. The Gardens exist not only as a cultural contribution to the community, but as an educational tool. Volunteer docents lead guided tours and assist with school tours throughout the year.
LosAngeles
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134 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“A Little Oasis”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

The gardens, which are right on Thousand Oaks Blvd, in the center of the city, make an unexpectedly spot of green on the map. Many people pass them by without realizing that behind the wrought iron fence there is an exquisite collection of garden types from the most representative parts of the world. A stop here is a refreshing break, many people come and have their lunch in the area specially designated for this. There is even soft, soothing music that comes from speakers ingenuously hidden in the rocks spread across the park.
Each garden is beautifully manicured and very accurate to the area they represent, it is like going from country to country in a matter of minutes. My favourite is the Italian garden, mostly because of the shade of the pergolas.
It is definitely not an American style of park, it is very small, with no area for sports/play or walking the dogs, it is mostly an exhibit in landscaping and that makes it unique in the area.

Visited April 2014
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Northridge, Ca
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137 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Pleasant afternoon”
Reviewed April 25, 2014

Such a peaceful pretty place and it’s free (though they do accept donations). They had plenty of people around telling you things about each of the gardens. They have several different gardens Japanese, Italian, French, English, rose and mission gardens All are beautiful they have a bandstand on the lawn you are allowed to eat on the lawn and picnic areas. A pretty place to have a nice outing with your family or significant other only reason this isn’t a five star was that some of the flowers were dying and there was no one in the office where you’re supposed to check in if you want to take photos.

Visited April 2014
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Thousand Oaks, California
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful Gardens”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

Six representative gardens kept in immaculate shape. Koi fish, building with paintings of all of Father Serra's missions, free parking and entrance, closes, nice eating area, no dogs.

Visited April 2014
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Taos, New Mexico
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice garden”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

We don't go there because we can't take our dog with us. For us there's no point in taking a walk if we have to leave our dog at home.

Visited April 2014
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Thousand Oaks, California
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful Garden in Thousand Oaks”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a private garden open to the public. It is free and provides experience in viewing gardens from around the world. There is also a rose garden and Mission exhibit. Knowledgeable docents provide tours with or without appointments. In August on Sundays there are opportunities to listen to bands while picnicing on the grass. It's a great place to bring guests from out-of-town.

Visited March 2014
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