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Descanso Gardens

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Address: 1418 Descanso Dr, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011-3102
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+1 818-949-4200
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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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It's Winter Folks

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 

Thank Sjfreedom
Santa Clarita, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Ann U
Santa Clarita, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 

Thank 65oski
Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank Wendya01
Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited in December and it was BEAUTIFUL! I loved the different lights and the decorations. It wasn't necessarily Christmas decorations, but more reds, blues and greens. There were different areas that showcased different activities. One of the areas you could step on circles in the ground and the circle would change color. Very interactive! Great for Adults and children.

Thank Kathy G
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was recently in Los Angeles for a few days, and was looking for something different to do. Stumbled upon this, and was so glad I went! Loved all the different light displays, and the interactive aspects as well. It was a perfect thing to do during the holidays, especially walking around with a hot mulled cider in your hand.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two adults. Two boys. We all found it magical, all for different reasons. There was a lot of room to play; a lot of room to explore. Finding your way around was easy. Beautiful lighting gave ethereal experiences. Could get food and drink along the way. Inexpensive and immersive. Cannot wait to do it again.

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