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Descanso Gardens

Attractions, Parks and gardens La Cañada Flintridge
4 out of 5 stars
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Descanso Gardens.
Photograph: Brendan C. Descanso Gardens.

This delightful tribute to the horticultural magic of Southern California includes more than 600 varieties of camellia (these are best seen between the middle of February and early May, when there are around 34,000 of the plants in bloom) and some five acres of roses. There are also lilac, orchid, fern and California native plant areas, as well as a tea house donated by the Japanese-American community. The gardens host yoga classes amid the greenery.


Venue name: Descanso Gardens
Address: 1418 Descanso Dr
La Cañada Flintridge
Opening hours: Daily 9am–5pm
Price: $8; $6 seniors/students; $3 children (5-12); free under-5s. Free admission the third Tuesday of each month. Parking free.
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  • Installation Monday July 15 2019 - Sunday October 27 2019

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Descanso Gardens is a wonderful slice of Southern California landscape to enjoy during the day. However, some of their special events sets a magical tone.

The Enchanted: Forest of Light exhibition is an interactive, nighttime experience where you can walk through 8 spectacular lighting displays within the gardens. Each large scale display has a theme, with lighting by Lightswitch®. Some are interactive.

The Pool is an interactive light sculpture by artist Jen Lewin, which reminds me of the movie "Big". You walk over lit pads and they light up in different ways as you step over them. The Symphony of Oaks as well as the Lightwave Lake lets you control the lights and sounds among the oak tree grove. Flower Power contains a field of lit tulips with fluctuating colors. The Japanese Garden is illuminated with hundreds of red lanterns.

Throughout the path, there are spots to rest, grab snacks and drinks. 

It is unbelievable how atmospheric lighting can be in a natural and beautiful setting, and this exhibit contains just the right combination to make the experience magical.


Descanso is a beautiful garden that perfect for an afternoon stroll with friends or family. They through a fair amount of events too, so keep your eye out an excuse to sip wine in the garden. There are definitely mosquitos though, so be sure you come prepared! 


For nine bucks, Descanso Gardens is a beautiful spot to spend an afternoon. The manicured gardens are the main attraction here, but I think its more rugged side sets it apart from some other gardens; venture around the little lake and the grounds give way to a very natural, wild hillside. Maybe bring some bug spray, though.

For the price, the convenient location and beautiful gardens - Great place to visit for a date, family and kids.  Get there early to take a ride on the train!  You'll love it.