Smell the roses and get swept away at the botanical garden oasis, Descanso Gardens. A hidden gem in LA, this year-round flower paradise is proof that beautiful things do exist. Explore the tranquility of the Japanese Garden with its adjoining tea house and koi pond. Breathe in the blooming garden that pays homage to the home state in the California Garden. Every day is Earth Day here. Stroll along the Rose Garden and enjoy over 1600 species of roses. Travel back in time at the Boddy House, and ride around the Enchanted Railroad to get a true look at the beauty these gardens possess. You may even be surprised by all the wildlife you discover! A day well spent basking in the beauty of nature.
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The visit was on a free day so there were many people, especially in areas with beautiful gardens or architecture. Overall, a beautiful place to visit. There's a gift shop that has many succulents for sale that are reasonably priced. The dining area is beautiful and interesting. There are many open areas with beautiful and calm space. Was I wrong or I heard cicadas singing! They're beautiful! The bathrooms inside the garden are clean and well maintained.
What a beautiful magical place. So many places where you can sit and just listen to nature without hearing the sound of cars passing by or too many people. I would recommend to wear tennis shoes as there is a lot of walking to do here. Kids will enjoy it here as there is ponds and a lake with fish. A very beautiful lookout by the lake. I highly recommend to take a weekend trip here arrive early as it will probably take you half a day or more to walk around comfortably all around.
Received a recommendation to visit Descanso Gardens while visiting the La Cañada area as they went to see the Enchanted Forest of Lights. However, I came during the day to see the botanical garden. It was a Thursday afternoon , but there was plenty of parking available and the grounds weren't crowded at all. There were about 10 distinct areas that represented areas of California, North America, and Japan. All the areas, plants, flowers, trees, and water features were well maintained and properly cared for. There were many different paths that all connected so you were able to pick your own journey at your own pace. It took a little longer than an hour to casually walk through all the areas. The Gardens were a perfect place to sit, relax, and interact with nature. I enjoyed seeing everything during the day, but would also like to come back to see the Enchanted light feature. This place is amazing. You really do feel at peace when walking around this garden. The parking was free but entrance cost $15 for adults and children under five are free. We spent an hour walking around and we only covered half of the park. We got train tickets and that was pretty fun.
Such a beautiful location. The tulips were so amazing. It is so nice to see people walking the grounds enjoying Gods creations. It’s family friendly and handicapped accessible. They have a little shop and snack cafe. You can even have your wedding here. If you want to get out and enjoy a beautiful day ten out of ten totally recommend.
I love visiting this garden, I've been here three times now and it amazes me everyime. They have a nice trail to hike on. Lots of beautiful views, flowers, trees and so much more. I think my favorite time to go is during fall because that's when they have the light show at night. That's a must see if you haven't yet. If your a student you get a discount and you can also get a membership if you like to walk/hike often there.
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Rules & Safety
Descanso Gardens members can enter the garden early at 8am daily.
Descanso is open 364 days a year and is closed on Dec. 25. There is ample free parking.
Enchanted Railroad Requirements:
Riders must be at least 30 inches tall and able to sit on their own
Schedule: The train is open daily from 10am–4pm, closed Wednesdays (Last ticket time is 3:30pm)
Tickets: Timed tickets are $5 each and must be purchased at the Visitor Center the day of
*Please note: The train does not run in the rain.