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Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive, California 91011-3102 USA

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Descanso Gardens, located in La Cañada Flintridge, Los Angeles County, California, is a botanical garden. At one time, this property belonged to newspaper magnate E. Manchester Boddy, who owned the Los Angeles Daily News. He ran a commercial camellia garden at the location, supplying prom boutonnières, for example, until he ceded the site to Los Angeles County in 1953. The county has developed the property to include a rosarium, as well as a Japanese tea house, lilac garden, bird sanctuary, xeriscape, and a gift shop. They also regularly host professional camellia shows, chamber music, and weddings. They are busiest however on the Easter weekend, when the tulips are in bloom. The park also features the Descanso Gardens Enchanted Railroad, an eighth scale replica of a diesel train, that takes visitors around a section of the park. In 1942, while the Japanese and Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast of the United States were being sent to internment camps, Boddy bought out two local successful Japanese nurseries. According to different sources, he acquired somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 camellias.

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Amanda Bungartz

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June 20, 2019
Rated 5.0

A lovely garden in the middle of the foothills. This garden is pretty expensive, with multiple ponds, a large rose garden, plenty of oak trees, even a Japanese-style terrace. They also have nice bathrooms, a gift shop, and a restaurant. In the winter, they have an evening light show that is worth checking out (tickets are a little on the pricey side).

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Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive
California
91011-3102 USA

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