Angelenos are lucky that our weather and the naturally rich soil of California give us flowers and beautiful flora year round. Still, spring brings an extra bounty of natural beauty. Why not celebrate at one of the regions top botanical gardens, the Descanso Gardens in La Canata Flintridge near Pasadena? This year’s Earth Day celebration at Descanso Gardens is a two-day event (April 23-24) that will focus on flowers and plants for your garden. All activities are free with admission and include:
  • The Mt. SAC plant sale
  • Botanic Bling trunk show featuring unique accessories and jewelry with an Earth Day spin
  • California wildflower installation showcasing native California blooms found at Descanso
  • A make your own wildflower seed packet event where you choose from a variety of native seeds curated by Descanso’s expert horticulturalists.
  • A Oak Woodland walk (Saturday only) with Native Garden Horticulturalist Layla Valenzuela to explore the Oak Woodland, a wildlife restoration site.
descanso-gardensDescanso Gardens is a 150 acres 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. Descanso Gardens is open daily from 9:00am-5:00pm. Admission is $9 for adults; $6 for seniors and students with a school I.D.; $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and younger.
Also, if botanical gardens is your "thing", check out this list of 55 other amazing gardens that you must see before you die!