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Descanso Gardens in La Canada, California is not far from the Huntington Gardens and among our favorites in California, in part because of its smaller size.  You can spend an hour or two and see most of the gardens.

Originally an estate, Descanso Gardens is famed for its large  collection of camellias and roses.  The camellias flower from December through April.  Then, as the camellias fade, the roses in a sunny part of the gardens burst into bloom.  It is heavenly to breathe in the fragrance of the roses like those that surround the Mission Garden section of the rose garden, above.

At one end of the rose garden is a charming boxwood maze just the right size for children and at the other end, a bird and turtle watching station.

descanso gardens pink white roses The Descanso Gardens rose collection includes hundreds of specimens from around the world, including England, France, Japan, Ireland, and China.

To see a photo preview of Descanso Gardens including the tulip and daffodil displays in Spring 2011, go here.

Some sections of Descanso Gardens' 80 acres are devoted to drought-tolerant Mediterranean plants and native plants of California.  Many plants from both these regions thrive in hot, dry climate conditions.  

Trails, some paved, some not, wind through the oak woodlands where the camellia collection grows and blooms.  On a hot, sunny day to walk along the paths in the shade of old oak trees is incredibly refreshing.

koi at Descanso Gardens Bubbling streams and pools with koi fish are scattered throughout the gardens.  Benches nearby under shady trees are a haven from summer heat.

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At the far end of the gardens, you will discover the Boddy House where the original owners lived.  Paintings and ceramics by local artists are exhibited and for sale at an art gallery next to the Boddy House.

japanese bridge descanso gardens You will find a Japanese garden complete with a tea house at the Descanso Gardens. 

And, not far away, a redwood grove and a small lilac garden. The lilacs are varieties suitable for the hot summers and mild winters of Southern California.

After you have explored the gardens, you can enjoy refreshment under an  arbor near the entrance.  On weekends in the summer there is live entertainment and, quite often, special gardening events.   There is a small fee for entry to the gardens.

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More online preview tours of public gardens in the West:
Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden  - Arcadia
Huntington Gardens Desert Garden - near Pasadena 
Descanso Gardens - near Pasadena 
Arlington Garden - in Pasadena
Getty Villa Gardens - Malibu
South Coast Botanic Garden - southwest Los Angeles  
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden - Claremont, California
Santa Barbara Gardens - Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  - Santa Barbara, California
Tucson Public Gardens  - Tucson, Arizona
Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden  - Phoenix, Arizona
Balboa Park Gardens, San Diego, California
Tropical Garden in the Dominican Republic
Shore Acres Gardens - Coos Bay Oregon
San Luis Obispo Creek Park - San Luis Obispo, California
Japanese Garden - Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California
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