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Descanso Gardens

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Address: 1418 Descanso Dr, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011-3102
Phone Number: +1 818-949-4200
09:00 - 17:00
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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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A Garden For All Seasons

I and my wife just went to the "Enchanted: Forest of Light." Imagination and creativity mark this walk through this part of the park for the Christmas holidays. What we enjoyed... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I and my wife just went to the "Enchanted: Forest of Light." Imagination and creativity mark this walk through this part of the park for the Christmas holidays. What we enjoyed the most were the children under 8 years of age who were excited and delighted with the lights and the walk through the trees at night with the different... More 

Thank U2871JYrobertm
Ventura, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Amazing! Great family experience. Hot coco food and coffee available. I would definitely recommend this for the whole family.

Thank georgemaxson
So. California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I remember my Mother taking me here when I was young... telling me this was where much of Tarzan was filmed. The rose garden is always one of my favorite parts of the gardens and in every direction there are photo worthy opportunities. The preservation of what this land looked like for centuries is humbling and this is a very... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent a beautiful evening walking around this beautiful setting at night. They have done a skillful job of turning this outdoor daytime venue into a enchanted night time adventure. The lights and light shows are very fun for kids and adults and they have lots of liquid refreshments along the way as well s some snacks for kids or adults.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a whim with family members who live nearby on our trip out to visit for Thanksgiving. We decided against the hustle and bustle of seeing and doing too much to instead experience some local hidden gems. This did not disappoint and was just what we needed. Great gift shop and kids and adults all loved the hours... More 

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Afton, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Two of us toured the facility on a recent mid-week morning. The gardens are beautifully maintained and have nice walking trails both paved and unpaved throughout the various "zones" of the gardens. Of particular beauty were the Japanese gardens and the California Woodland areas.. particularly due to the early morning sun light filtering through the trees. Located in a suburban... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I recently visited the Descanso Gardens on Sunday, October 30th for their Visitor Feedback day. My mother had visited before and told me such amazing details of the area that I was excited to go, and I was not disappointed. The gardens are very large, with a variety of different kinds of plants, flowers and landscaping. There is a lake... More 

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Los Osos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

We had some time before a business meeting in the area. There are historic structures, Japanese Gardens and very well maintained grounds with many varieties of trees and a wonderful Rose Garden. There is also a Cafe if you need a bite to eat.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We visited in October when the spring blooms were over, but the garden was properly festooned for fall with pumpkin and gourd displays everywhere. It is obviously very important with local people, many of whom took their young children for fun activities and a miniature railroad that tours around the park.

1 Thank MaryJane D
Glendale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I don't know anything better around Glendale. It's good to visit with family, discover many plants... the train is very funny too... there are ponds, many rare plants, flowers... and fresh air.. I was surprised to see Mulberry tree there..

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