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Descanso Gardens

Located near the intersection of the 2 and 210 Freeways in La Caņada/Flintridge, Descanso Gardens harbors an abundance of celebrated floral gardens in a unique and natural setting. This 165-acre oasis is flanked on the north by the San Gabriel Mountains and on the south by the San Rafael Hills.

The world's largest outdoor planting of camellias is found within Descanso Gardens, which has more than 100,000 plants adorning its scenic paths of a California live oak forest. Two renowned rose gardens are featured at Descanso Gardens as well: the Rose History Garden which contains a collection of significant international roses, some of which date back to ancient times; and the All-America Rose Selections Garden, which samples every variety of roses having received that prestigious distinction.

Descanso Gardens abounds in magnificent displays of annuals and perennials. These include azaleas, daffodils, irises, lilacs, orchids, and tulips. Framed against a hillside of chaparral is the Native Plant Garden. These wonderfully varied gardens provide a peaceful stroll amidst some of the greatest natural splendor in all of California. There are ponds with ducks to feed, as well as a variety of other birds from the Bird Observation Station on the lakeshore. The Tea House offers a relaxing rest stop that overlooks the Japanese Garden.

Parking: Abundant free parking in the main parking lot.

Address: 1418 Descanso Drive, La Caņada Flintridge
Phone: (818) 949-4200

Park Features:

September 30 - Summer Programs, King Gillette Ranch
September 30 - Summer Programs, Rocky Peak Park
September 30 - Summer Programs, Ballona Creek Trail and Bike Path
September 30 - Summer Programs, Pico Canyon
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