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Gorgeous Botanical Gardens That Are Open Right Now

By Ashlyn Davis July 31, 2020

You can still wander through these beautiful gardens, but you’ll need to plan ahead.

Yes, we’re all starting to feel the cabin fever a little more every day. Plus L.A. is home to some rather spectacular outdoor scenery and we’re used to having the option of exploring it endlessly. What’s more, is there’s an early summer that has come along and made us miss the beach more than ever. While trails and most beaches may be closed, we still have the parks and these botanical gardens to enjoy.

Favorites like the Descanso Gardens and Huntington Library are closed, but there are still a few gems left. So why not organize yourself some of these icy treats and make a day out of it?

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. You will have to book a ticket ($15) in advance though.

Hours: The gardens open from 9am and the lost time slot is at 4pm and you will need to wear a face-covering to enter.

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! 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.

Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am to 5pm, Saturday – Sunday: 9am to 5pm

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. Again, you’ll need to have your face covered and respect social distancing measures at all times. It’s often sold out and it’s closed on Mother’s Day, you can always plan ahead for next week.

Hours: 9am to 5pm (time slots for bookings are as follows: 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm)

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. While it is currently closed, advanced ticket bookings will be opening in June. Find out more about the changes to visits and bookings here.

Featured Image: @daisya30