Descanso Botanical Gardens

The Garden of Descanso

The Language of Flowers


Descanso Gardens is an urban retreat (escape) located just outside the downtown Los Angeles area in Southern California. It is home to one of the largest collections of camellias in the Western Hemisphere and holds the honorary title of International Camellia Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society.

But there is so much more to celebrate Descanso Gardens including a rose garden–my most beloved flora–with specimens from all around the world; lilacs, maple trees, and other California native plants.

The Old Oak Forrest is a must-visit while at the botanical gardens. It is said that these majestic marvels of wonder are 300-500 years old. Find a pleasant place amongst them and relish in wonderment.

Step into nature…