Tucked against the San Gabrial Mountains in Los Angeles County, this arboreal retreat from civilization is a treat for soar eyes.
The Gardens are spread out over 150 acres of hills, meadows, lakes, and streams.
The botanic collections are divided into distinct areas; some, like the Oak Forest, look like pristine woodland, while others like the Camellia Collection and Rose Garden are more landscaped.
The admission fee is about $15 for a single visit and around $80 for an annual membership. If you buy the single visit ticket and change your mind, you can apply the purchase fees toward a membership.
And there is a good chance you will change your mind. The collections are so vast and appealing that you will need multiple visits to see everything.
So what can you see and do in the gardens? Get a full list of gardens.
You can stroll through the rose garden, which boasts of a collection of 1600 roses from around the world.
You can hike through the Oak woodlands and forest and admire the Camellia Collection.
The gardens also offer the Enchanted Railroad ride, but it was closed during our visit.
You can also relax on benches throughout the park with great views of streams, waterfalls, and ponds with ducks.
A visit to the Japanese Garden is a must. This tranquil garden blends design elements from four classic garden styles. While there, cross an arched bridge and walk on shaded paths along a koi-filled stream to the teahouse.
The plants in this garden are all native to Asia and include camellias, azaleas, mondo grass, Japanese maples., and a few Cherry trees. The Cherry Blossoms are a beautiful sight in the spring.
Descanso Gardens also hosts several fun events for the whole family. One of the most anticipated events is the Enchanted Forest of Lights – which will return in 2021.
For tickets and membership, go here.1418 Descanso Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Ph. (818) 949-4200