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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.

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Gift Shop: (818) 949-4292

Visitor Services: (818) 949-4290

Membership: (818) 952-4390

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Parking: Free

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Price Range : Average


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A beautiful place to let the kids run around... koi ponds, rose gardens, mini-hedge mazes a la The Shining...there's a small, ride-on train that takes you in a little loop for a few extra bucks and the cafe has lots of kid-friendly menu options. It's relaxing, gorgeous, and my kids could spend all day hanging out here. I hear they have some fun "jazz nights" in the summertime, but haven't been yet.



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Great Place to spend a few hours walking

My sister and I bought a family membership and have spent a few fabulous afternoons here meandering through the camelia forest. The Boddy House is truely one of a kind. Relaxing. Beautiful. Love it!

Natalie D.


Descanso Gardens Beauty to Go!!!

I wasn't sure what to expect from this gift shop after spending the day at Descanso Gardens, but in addition to offering a great selection of items, most of the were reasonably priced. I bought a beautiful "Bridal Veil" hanging plant which cost more than a few dollars LESS than what I'd recently paid at a discount store. Plus, buying a plant here virtually assures that you're getting a healthy plant that's been well cared for. I also bought a beautiful votive holder for under $20 and saw several other items I'd consider purchasing on future visits.



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Peaceful and Tranquil

Although Descanso is amazing during Spring and Summer, it's a peaceful an tranquil place to walk and rest anytime of the year. They're known for their camelias and their roses...and in full bloom the color is just amazing. Check with their website for their festival calendar and special events. Also, during the summer they have outdoor concerts. If you're looking for a contemplative can't do any better than Descanso.



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They take cash. Parking if Free. Admission is only $5. $4 for students with id. I have been going to the gardens since I was just able to walk. Decanso is spanish for rest. That is just what you experience!

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