D: Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, CA

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0D: Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, CA

descanso lilacsRight in the middle of southern California, close to the merging 210 and 10 freeways, sets a sprawling Shangri-La space, acres and acres of nature, paths, and floral delights.

  • Descanso Gardens, in La Canada Flintridge, is home to several specific garden areas.
  • Oak Woodland: A mix of woodland, meadow and chaparral plants.
  • Rose Garden: 5 acres containing over 3,000 roses, many of them historic and award winners.
  • Japanese Garden: A blend of tea gardens, strolling gardens and zen gardens.
  • Oak Forest: This garden of Coast Live Oaks is the remainder of the original forest in the area. Many of the oaks are centuries old.
  • Nature’s Table: An edible garden filled with fruit trees, seasonal vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.
  • Camellia Collection: North America’s largest Camellia collection
  • Lilac Garden: Over 400 lilacs of 250 different types.

Descanso Gardens is celebrating Earth Day with a Festival: April 25th and 26th.

Something is blooming year round at Descanso Gardens. This is what you can see when you visit:descanso poppies

  • JANUARY: Camellias, cherry trees and winter annuals
  • FEBRUARY: Camellias, magnolias, cherry trees and daffodils
  • MARCH: Tulips, camellias, irises, lilacs, cherry trees, clivia and daffodils
  • APRIL: Azaleas, camellias, irises, lilacs, native plants and wildflowers and wisteria
  • MAY: Roses, azaleas, camellias, irises, wildflowers and California natives
  • JUNE: Modern and heritage roses and summer annuals
  • JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER: Roses, summer annuals and perennials, crape myrtle, and cassia
  • OCTOBER: Sasanqua camellias, roses and fall foliage
  • NOVEMBER: Camellias, toyon berries, annuals, gingko and fall foliage
  • DECEMBER: Camellias, toyon berries, annuals and ginkgo.


Hours Descanso Gardens is open daily except for Christmas. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm (last entry is 4:30 pm). There is ample free parking. The Boddy House is open daily except Mondays from 10 am to 4 pm The Sturt Haaga Gallery is open daily except Mondays from 10 am to 4 pm when an exhibition is on view. The gallery presents three 10-week exhibits per year.

descanso gardens mapDo you have a favorite place where you like to go retreat and find peace? Where is it at? Leave us a comment about your favorite sanctuary location. We’d love to know!


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