• Photographers with smartphones and professional cameras flock to the blooming tulips.
  • Jaime Lee photographs Michael Pham in front of one of the early-blooming cherry blossom trees.
  • Three-year-old Makoa models a new look for his mother, Lauren Shruney, by the Mission Fountain.
  • Wildlife, such as geese, ducks and squirrels call Descanso Gardens their home.
  • In addition to plants and flowers, Descanso Gardens has collection of oak trees that are over 300 years old and overlook a lake.
  • Descanso Gardens is known for its Camellia Collection which includes red, white, pink and variegated flowers.
  • Guests enjoy blooming tulips by the Center Circle garden entrance.
  • Saucer magnolias, which bloom as large as tea saucers, dot the trees near the entrance to Descanso Gardens.

Descanso Gardens offers more than 150 acres of gardens as well as the Sturt Haaga Art Gallery, the miniature Enchanted Railroad and the historic 1930s Boddy House. The garden was founded by E. Manchester Boddy in 1953.

According to Jennifer Errico, Public Relations and Marketing Manager at Descanso Gardens, this year the blooms are slightly less numerous because of the recent drought but there’s always something to see. As to be expected, weekends are the busiest times in the garden, but people of all ages make time to visit the garden on weekdays.

Visitors enter at the Center Circle, which is currently being re-planted, then can wander to seven other curated gardens. Errico added that Descanso is known for its Camellia Collection, which was planted by the garden’s founder, and its Japanese Garden and tea house. Other features include, the Rose Garden, Oak Forest, Ancient Forest, California Natives garden, and Oak Woodland area.

Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive,La Cañada Flintridge. The gardens are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. General admission is $9.


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