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South Coast Botanic Garden

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  • Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates
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South Coast Botanic Garden, los angeles, california
Photograph: Courtesy South Coast Botanic Garden

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This South Bay botanic garden covers 87 acres on the northeast side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. You'll find a mix of Southern California flora, from fuchsia to the talngled roots of Moreton Bay Fig trees, alonside more specialized areas like small Japanese and desert gardens. It may not be as grandiose as some other gardens, but it's well worth the price of admission.


26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Rancho Palos Verdes
Opening hours:
Daily 8am–5pm
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Astra Lumina

There’s nothing Christmassy nor even wintry about this hour-long Palos Verdes trail, yet its nine stellar installations are the most cosmically mesmerizing of the budding after-dark botanical garden shows that’ve come to blanket L.A. toward the end of the year. While some other year-end light shows seem less focused on moment-to-moment encounters and more on the photogenic snaps you’ll walk away with, Astra Lumina feels truly experiential. You’ll venture through scenes that interpret the arrival and departure of stars in an earthly garden: archways pulsate with light and mist, perforated lanterns spell out a stargazing journey, shooting stars chase up and down a cylindrical frame, shimmery bulbs blanket a forest floor and tranquil lanterns float among the trees. There’s plenty of wonderfully atmospheric fog along much of the trail, including in a shower of lasers so thick that you’ll swear you can touch them. (It’s also worth mentioning how lovely it is to experience a celebration of the night sky from one of the few locations in L.A. where it’s actually dark enough to see plenty of stars.) Astra Lumina comes from Canadian entertainment company Moment Factory and replaces GLOW, which ran at South Coast the past two years. There are sixteen other “Lumina Enchanted Night Walk” events that Moment Factory has produced around the globe, and that pedigree brings a clear level of polish: the lighting and sound design are absolutely beautiful, the loose celestial story is uplifting a

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