It’s no secret that California is home to some rather spectacular outdoor scenery and we’re used to having the option of exploring it endlessly. While leaving the state is out of the picture under the current order, you can still enjoy the stunning pockets of greenery right here in L.A. The sensory experience of wandering through a botanical garden is the perfect way to break away from the city buzz and rebalance. Here are five of our favorites in L.A.:
1. Descanso Gardens
Easily one of the most popular gardens in the city, featuring a myriad of colorful blooms to marvel at throughout the seasons. It also happens to be one of the best spots to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous fall foliage in L.A. along with the vibrant spring blooms.
2. South Coast Botanic Garden
Also known as “The Jewel of the Peninsula,” this incredible 87-acre garden has more than 2,500 different species of plants from around the world. So, technically social distancing should be pretty seamless. You can wander through the spikey beauties of the Cactus Garden or the Zen setting of the Japanese Garden while you see how many of the 200 bird species you can spot.
3. UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
This 7.5-acre urban oasis is located on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles. There are a number of lush, themed gardens to explore like the Ancient Forest, the Hawaiin Native blooms or even the Subtropical woodlands. But, since everyone is missing the poppies, you’re in luck! The golden poppies are currently in bloom in the gardens. Plus, it’s all free!
4. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden
From waterfalls to peacocks, the Baldwin lake, and incredible fauna, this might actually be heaven. Spaces are limited and you’ll need book online ($15) before going as no tickets will be sold at the door.
5. The Huntington
This is arguably one of the best gardens in the city, mostly thanks to the incredible themed sections throughout the 120-acres of lush gardens with 15,000 plant varieties. This historic estate in Pasadena is a natural and cultural paradise. If you aren’t wandering through the Japanese garden, you could be dining at 1919 Cafe or soaking up knowledge at the museum.
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