You can still wander through these beautiful gardens, but you’ll need to plan ahead.
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. You’ll even find some festive displays happening at a couple of them to keep your spirits up. The sensory experience of wandering through an actual garden is the perfect way to spend the final month of a tumultuous year. Just be sure to plan ahead as ticketed time slots are limited.
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 (which is still happening) in L.A. There’s currently a stunning seasonal display called ‘Reflections’ that replaces the usual holiday installations and features art pieces, special seasonal plantings, self-guided activities, along with a beautiful Wishing Tree created by artist Kaz Yokou Kitajima.
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. You will have to book a ticket ($15) in advance though. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more festive, you can head to the immersive light show ‘GLOW’ that’s on for the holidays.
3. UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden [Currently Only Open To Students And Staff]
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! You will have to wear face coverings and all public facilities will be closed. Check their website before you go in case there are any changes.
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. Again, you’ll need to have your face covered and respect social distancing measures at all times.
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. While it is currently closed, advanced ticket bookings will be opening in June. Find out more about the changes to visits and bookings here.
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