Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens

Garden, Gift Shop, and Art Gallery
1418 Descanso Drive (Verdugo Boulevard), La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
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Natural beauty just minutes from downtown Los Angeles.


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    Daniel K.
    "Check out the duck pond on the far side of the rose garden."(2 Tips)
    K12 Inc
    "gardens are home to the largest camellia collection in North America"(2 Tips)
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  • Josh B.

    I love how it's literally in the neighborhood, it would just be a 10 min walk for me, but when we drive it's only a 3 minutes! Such a beautiful place, don't forget to buy tickets for the mini train!!

    Josh Brennan · 3 days ago
  • Alexander P.

    Фигня, только с детьми гулять

    Alexander Petrov · October 5, 2013
  • Alison R.

    Dont expect too much to be in bloom if you come in the fall :/

    Alison Reta · September 29, 2013
  • Claudia L.

    Was really beautiful.. Make sure u wear good walking shoes!!

    Claudia Lewis · August 8, 2013
  • Los Angeles

    Relax & explore.

    Los Angeles · August 1, 2013
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    Gary Ammirati · July 6, 2013
  • Mary S.

    We were told to come in late march/early April to see most of the plants in bloom.

    Mary Slagle Edwards · May 16, 2013
  • Baby S.

    one of my favorite shady places to walk on hot days.

    Baby Smith · May 15, 2013
  • Kevin R.

    Get here early... lines form quickly.

    Kevin Reelfs · March 25, 2013

    Just half an hour outside downtown Los Angeles, the Descanso Gardens is a perfect spot for lovebirds (or bird-lovers) to take a nature break among the magnolias, cherry trees, and daffodils. Read more · February 20, 2013
  • Geoff Y.

    it's my 2 lil kids backyard

    Geoff Yale · September 17, 2012

    At one time, the property belonged to newspaper magnate E. Manchester Boddy who owned the Los Angeles Daily News. Because of his love for plants, he operated a garden at the location. Read more · September 7, 2012
  • Daniel K.

    Check out the duck pond on the far side of the rose garden.

    Daniel Killam · August 19, 2012
  • M.

    Stop and smell the lilacs and roses.

    M. · May 23, 2012
  • Melani D.

    Really nice gift shop full of botanical delights!

    Melani Deyto · May 6, 2012
  • Sarah Y.

    Opens earlier for members!

    Sarah Yapelli · April 27, 2012
  • zZxYz

    Come here in the Fall

    zZxYz · December 18, 2011
  • Los Angeles

    Relax & recharge @DescansoGardens where you'll find 160 acres of cultivated & natural beauty -

    Los Angeles · July 14, 2011
  • K12 Inc

    Did you know? The gardens are home to the largest camellia collection in North America, with more than 34,000 plants. They were first planted by E. Manchester Boddy, who built his estate here in 1937. Read more

    K12 Inc · July 5, 2011
  • Mike H.

    Went in early June still alot in bloom, absolutely an amazing place.

    Mike H. · June 12, 2011
  • John B.

    Check out the Japanese Gardens when they are having a tea ceremony.

    John Beckman · February 24, 2011

    It’s famous for its huge camellia collection: over 700 species of camellias & some more than 20 ft tall. For young visitors, a ride on Descanso Gardens Enchanted Railway is the highlight. Read more

    USA TODAY · November 22, 2010
  • Natalie M.

    Not a great place to visit in the summer. Everything is pretty dead. But I imagine it is absolutely stunning in the spring.

    Natalie Metzger · August 29, 2010
  • Kat J.

    Megan is the best wedding coordinator make sure u ask for her

    Kat J. · August 1, 2010
  • Susan W.

    go for the music that is free on Thursdays at 5:30 pm

    Susan Wiens · July 18, 2010
  • Steve R.

    Bring your camera, you'll take lots of photos. In addition, there are lots of benches to sit and enjoy the Garden.

    Steve Ramirez · May 4, 2010
  • Bean

    Grab a water at the front gate. You'll need it when you're half way to the Boddy House. Great place to let kids run free. Go after Noon to capture the "golden hour" for the best photos.

    Bean · January 3, 2010
  • Elizabeth

    Find a quiet spot, and start reading. Best day ever. Come on a free day, even better. Usually it's six bucks, which isn't bad considering you'd otherwise be getting a latte for similar price.

    Elizabeth · December 22, 2009
  • Reggie H.

    Walk to the Bird Observation Station where hundreds of bird species have been viewed. My favorite are the Canadian geese, ducks and turtles. It's next to the rose garden. Don't miss the camelias!!

    Reggie Hammond · December 4, 2009
  • iriggs

    Ride the miniature train around the garden.

    iriggs · October 3, 2009