Sunday, April 24, 2011

#172: Descanso Gardens

Bunny sightings, a hammy tortoise, and too much fun with photosynth were a few of the highlights from my recent trip to the Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. A mere $8 buys you access to a mother's horticultural dreamland. Since it's Spring, you'll find roses, lilacs, camellias and irises in full bloom.

the lilac garden

Brad and I spent about two hours exploring the grounds. It was largely shaded, and while there were a good number of people there, it didn't feel as crowded as the Huntington Gardens. Descanso is also not as large as the Huntington, so it's a great choice if you don't feel like doing a lot of walking. (And for those who really don't want to walk, there are tram tours ($4) and an Enchanted Railroad ride ($3).)

the Enchanted Railroad

Mother's Day is coming up so why not bring your mom to this beautiful garden oasis?

People were lining up to take a picture of this little ham

blue steel


Brad thought we were back at Eaton Canyon
and proceeded to cross this river 19 more times.

cherry blossoms near the rose garden

Have you been to Descanso Gardens? What did you think of it? Leave me a comment below!


  1. Yes, I have been here and I remember that same turtle. LOL. I love your blog btw! Keep it up to 365!

  2. This Sunday there is Thai Cultural Day in LA ( and next Sunday is Irvine Global Festival (

    I've also signed up for the free technique classes ( at my local williams-sonoma at 10am as a preactivity to the thai culture day and irvine festival

  3. I would like to recommend another LaCanada treasure for you and your public's enjoyment. Visit the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (It is NOT in Pasadena as many people believe) during its annual Open House Weekend. This is a family friendly and highly interesting look at a facility that is perhaps the only one of its kind in the world. The many booths and exhibits are manned by JPL employees and by the time you are finished enjoying your day you will have ended up with at least one bag filled with amazing photos and other information that will continue to remind you of your visit there long after it's over. Although this year's event fell to our representatives in Congress and the sequester, hopefully it will be reinstated in the near future.

  4. Thanks anonymous. I actually already blogged about it! :)