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Exploring L.A.’s Botanical Gardens

Exploring L.A.’s Botanical Gardens

Los Angeles is known for its warm weather, beautiful beaches, and bustling city life, but what many people need to learn is that it is also home to some of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. From the Huntington Library to the Los Angeles Arboretum, the options are endless when it comes to exploring L.A.’s botanical gardens. Here are five locations that are definitely worth checking out.

Huntington Library 

Through its vast collection of rare books, manuscripts, and artwork, the Huntington Library offers visitors a chance to experience history and botanicals side by side. Spanning over 120 acres, the garden boasts a variety of gardens, including a Japanese garden, a desert garden, and the famous Shakespeare Garden. The park also has a range of art and artifacts on display, making it one of the most educational and visually appealing botanical gardens in the city.

Huntington Library (©Justin Audia)
Huntington Library (©Justin Audia)

Descanso Gardens

Located in La Cañada Flintridge, Descanso Gardens features a variety of botanical collections, including a rose garden, a Japanese garden, and remnants of the forest that once covered the San Gabriel Valley. One of the most popular attractions in the garden is the Camellia Collection, which features over 60 species of camellias from all over the world. With multiple gardens and a range of events throughout the year, Descanso Gardens is a must-see for anyone looking for a day of relaxation and beauty.

Descanso Gardens (©WK)
Descanso Gardens (©WK)

South Coast Botanic Garden

Located in Palos Verdes, South Coast Botanic Garden is home to over 2,500 different species of plants and is known for its Japanese garden, Dahlia Garden, and Banyan Grove. The garden also offers a range of seasonal events, including the famous Spring Bloom Festival, which showcases the garden’s extensive collection of cherry blossom trees. Depending on the time of year, you’ll also find an abundant selection of roses that bloom in various sizes and colors.

South Coast Botanic Garden (©Daniel Jerez)
South Coast Botanic Garden (©Daniel Jerez)

Los Angeles County Arboretum

Located in Arcadia, the Los Angeles County Arboretum is home to a wide range of flora and fauna from around the world. The garden’s various habitats include a tropical rainforest, an Australian garden, and a bonsai display. Visitors can also explore the historic Santa Anita Depot and take a ride on the Los Angeles County Arboretum Railway. The gardens also have a range of outdoor exhibits, including a historic Queen Anne Cottage, a serene lake, and a stunning waterfall.

Queen Anne Cottage at Los Angeles County Arboretum (©Maurice Williams)
Queen Anne Cottage at Los Angeles County Arboretum (©Maurice Williams)

From the Huntington Library to the Los Angeles Arboretum, exploring L.A.’s botanical gardens is a great way to enjoy nature, learn about different plant species, and escape the city’s hustle and bustle. With so many options to choose from, visitors are sure to find a garden that speaks to their interests and offers a unique and unforgettable experience. So why not take a day to explore the natural wonders of L.A.’s botanical gardens?

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