Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge

4.6
#197 of 1,113 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!
Put Descanso Gardens at the forefront of your travel plans using our La Canada Flintridge trip builder.
Source
Create an itinerary including Descanso Gardens
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
287 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • August 9, 2017
    This garden is lovely. It's a pretty good value for the costs. The gift shop has some really fun little things too. We went in June and a lot of the flowers/plants were out of season so it was not at ...  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    I visited Descanso Gardens this past spring. Being new to Los Angeles, I knew I would miss the Cherry Blossom trees that annually bloom back home in the Washington, DC area. However, I found out that ...  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    This a place to spend few hours of the day peacefully as its not crowded. The kids get ample space to run around and play. The map helps one to track ones path and what all one wish to see. There are ...  more »
Google
  • July 1, 2017
    One of best decisions to go here! A large variety of species. Beautiful grounds, great walking trails, plants and trees clearly marked and wildlife. We stopped to eat in the cafe. Also well worth it. The food and drinks were yummy
  • July 5, 2017
    I got engaged here in January! Beautiful garden, so lively and full of color. The environment is wonderful and serene. My entire family (and soon to be in-laws) were there to surprise me and they loved it too.
  • May 20, 2017
    This is a beautiful place and peaceful when its not too crowded. During the holidays the Enchanted Forest of Light is a must see. It's an incredibly romantic place to take your sweetie. While my date and I were there I was asked by a stranger to take a photo of him and his girlfriend and as he handed me his phone he told me he was going to propose. It was an added special moment to the night (She said yes, by the way!). The Gardens during the rest of the year are pretty, but not a lot is in bloom in winter. A good way to get into nature in Los Angeles without driving too far out of the city.
  • May 16, 2017
    Very beautiful park, a lot of blossoming trees and flowers - tulips and fragrant lilac are my favorites. I love being at this garden (especially at march-April). A lot of free parking is available for visitors. Students and seniors got a discounted tickets. It is a place of strength and harmony for nature lovers. You can spend few hours with family enjoying local shade and aromas. Buying an annual pass would save you some money.
  • June 25, 2017
    Hidden gem in the area, beautiful rose garden, lilac section is a must visit during lilac season, and the grounds offer easy to light hiking paths. Lovely gift shop, good food and lots of seasonal events. Tiny train and duck pond for children, art, music, and tea garden. Wonderful escape from city pressure.

Plan your trip to La Canada Flintridge

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in La Canada Flintridge

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in La Canada Flintridge by other users

25 days in La Canada Flintridge BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in La Canada Flintridge BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in La Canada Flintridge BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in La Canada Flintridge BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 9 days in La Canada Flintridge BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in La Canada Flintridge BY A USER FROM INDIA July, teens, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in La Canada Flintridge BY A USER FROM INDIA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in La Canada Flintridge BY A USER FROM INDIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in La Canada Flintridge BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in La Canada Flintridge BY A USER FROM INDIA September, outdoors, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans