Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge

#189 of 1,611 in Parks in California
An urban retreat of year-round beauty only 14 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Visitors can enjoy renowned botanical collections including: a 20-acre camellia forest, a 5-acre international rose garden, a Japanese-style Garden and Tea House, California natives including an 1,100-tree Coast live oak forest, and a Lilac Garden. In addition, guests of all ages can enroll in a wide variety of classes and programs, hear great music at summer concerts and experience annual festivals that reflect the changing seasons. More than a park, botanical beauty, peace and quiet, year-'round!
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  • If you are in LA over the Thanksgiving holiday I would highly recommend this for an alternative to cooking Thanksgiving dinner. The meal was well prepared and delicious and the setting is beautiful. A...  more »
  • Descanso Gardens is a wonderful place for a group to gather and tour. It is very peaceful, has great history and an interesting art gallery. When trees and flowers are in bloom it would be even more s...  more »
  • This is truly a beautiful and relaxing place to be. One does have to walk a bit to get around to see everything -but it's all in a tranquil area - non rushed. At times there's a train for the kids. Th...  more »
  • The Descanso Gardens are gorgeous for a weekend stroll to spend some time in nature and release some pent-up stress! I can also understand why it's such a popular date spot- there's natural beauty all around, and I imagine it could be quite romantic with all of the flowers in bloom. I highly recommend a visit if you're in the area! TIP: Wear comfortable shoes! Yes, it's a picturesque location and sneakers don't look the best in photos. However, Descanso is expansive and heels aren't ideal for this location.
  • Descanso Gardens is a gorgeous botanical garden. It's most unique feature being their Camellia forest. All in bloom now, many trees are 20 feet high, Camellia Bloom's nodding over your head, magical! Luckily, there was a Camellia show, seeing the beautiful blossoms there was an additional treat. This is a family friendly garden, the kids are sure to enjoy, and isn't it better to see them enjoying nature? Restaurant on premises, gift and plant store, too I recommend weekdays if you want a quiet visit. As a botanical garden lover who has been to many, from New England to the Caribbean to Croatia, Descanso Gardens is at the top of the list for variety, comfort, and a smile.
  • A must see place in L.A. Great place to visit with kids. There is Maple Restaurant which you need to make reservation. But there is Descanso Cafe next to it. Don't worry if you forgot to make reservation. The cafe has a really nice menu as well. Give the hot dog a try! Yummy!
  • Such a lovely place to go on your own or with family for a wonderful walk in nature! The kids loved it and especially loved the little train. We even got to see two deer! Though the tulips were in full bloom and gorgeous, I am sorry I didn't go when the roses were in bloom. I'll make my way back during the summer when they are!
  • UPDATE: I previously listed this as 5 stars, well recently I had a horrible experience where they would not allow me to wear my graduation clothes and keep my change of clothes on hand (I was told I'm not allowed to change on their grounds but I can change in the restroom after I come out???). I was forced to take everything off because the lady scanning the tickets told me I wasn't allowed inside. I had my own camera and other people are always taking photos so why am I not allowed to take my own photos? I could have left my clothes in the car and come out to change but circumstances led to circumstances and I ended up changing into my normal clothes. I don't know why I was being told to pay for photo permits as I'm not taking any professional shoots, but I was really upset and the lady ruined my day...NEVER AGAIN WILL I GO TO DESCANSO GARDENS. My friend and I realized that the influx of people visiting the gardens rendered the entire place to become a profitable place and in my previous visits, this place used to focus mainly on the beauty of nature and not money (although money was used for maintaining the gardens). Previous review: I mostly go on free days and attended their Enchanted lights event and you will not be disappointed. Make sure to check online when the best time to go is. Most flowers won't be in bloom in the summer.
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