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“Beauty in the Midst of Los Angeles County”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens
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Owner description: 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.
Lewisburg, West Virginia
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beauty in the Midst of Los Angeles County”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

It's an elaborate garden. what is there not to like about it. I was visiting due to the terminal illness of a dear friend. The experience was exhausting. The visit to the garden was a welcome retreat.

Visited August 2014
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Olympia, Washington
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“Nice to take a break”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

Nice grounds and gardens. Not a finely finished place but a place to go and relax. If one wants to wander around it will take 3 or 4 hours to see everything. There is a small train that one can ride but I did not take that.

Visited September 2013
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Riverside, California
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7 reviews
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“This is a great place to take a walk.......”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

The collection of California Native plants amid California Coastal Oaks was first-rate. We spent the better part of 4 hours wandering around the 160 acres and enjoying the gardens. This is a great place to take a walk If you like to get away from the city and be surrounded by nature. It is truly peaceful and restful as it's name implies.

Visited August 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A great place to meet a friend for lunch!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

Just want to give a shout-out to the employees and volunteers who work at Descanso Gardens! Thank you for being so pleasant and helpful! I met a good friend there recently for an early lunch, a brisk walk, and some fun shopping for little stocking stuffers (never too early!) at the gift store. We didn't have much time that day but we made the most of our 2 hours! The day was warm but seemed quite cool as we walked through the beautiful camelia gardens. If you are new to Los Angeles, this is a great place to visit! If you have lived in Los Angeles all your life (like us!), revisit this place! It's as beautiful and colorful as I remembered as a kid. What a great way to spend some time with a friend on a summer day!

Visited June 2014
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Los Angeles
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“A lovely place for everyone to enjoy. . .”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

Descanso Gardens is renown for its extensive collection of camellias which grown under enormous canopies of natural oak forests amid other shade-loving plants. It also features a rosarium where spring and summer bring eye-popping color from all varieties of roses and well-suited companion plants and a Japanese garden of graceful maples, azaleas, and spring-flowering cherry trees. California native specimens thrive in this sprawling wild environment providing food and shelter for a wide selection of birds and wildlife. There is much local history and lovely interior design in the Boddy House, and contemporary art on display in the Stuart Haaga gallery everyday from 10-4 except Mon. I highly recommend this for a leisurely stroll, a hearty exercise walk in beautiful environs, and a place to enjoy horticultural exhibits and photography. A casual patio café, beautiful gift shop, and seasonal concerts/ events for the whole family add to the variety of things to do. This is a true gem!

Visited June 2014
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