Thanks to a wet winter, the city’s botanical gardens look amazing!
It’s easy to forget how green Los Angeles can be until a rainstorm hits and reminds us. We’re sure that you’ve peeped the grassy green hills and colorful flowers that are popping up around town. (Can we take a moment to appreciate the fact that our waterfall hikes actually have streaming waterfalls now?)
If you’re in search for more green in your life, and we’re not talking the 21+ plus kind, you should stop by one of the city’s most forgotten treasures. We’ve gathered a list of five of the most beautiful botanical gardens to visit in Los Angeles. Enjoy!
1. Descanso Gardens
This beautiful floral park was once owned by Elias Boddy, the publisher of a major California newspaper and a candidate for Congress. That’s until Los Angeles County purchased the 165-acre property to prevent Walt Disney from building Disneyland there! Now the public is welcome to explore a recreation of the oaks and meadows habitat of the LA Basin before European contact.
Location: 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. See it on Google maps.
2. The Huntington Library
This botanical paradise tends to be one of the more popular in LA, made up of 16 stunning themed gardens. Spanning over 207 acres, horticulture lovers and nature deprived locals alike can enjoy over 15,000 different varieties of plants as well as dine at the exclusive Rose Garden Tea Room!
Location: 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108. See it on Google maps.
3. South Coast Botanic Garden
Though it’s hard to believe, this amazing garden used to be a sanitary landfill! Now, visitors are encouraged to touch, feel, and smell the plants and flowers in addition to families being able to enjoy a Children’s Discovery Garden.
Location: 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274. See it on Google maps.
4. Los Angeles County Arboretum
People like to pretend like they come here for the botanicals, but everyone is really showing up for the peacocks. Visitors love watching the extravegant bird flant it’s stuff and pose for the cameras! Oh yeah, the garden includes all types of plants, amd Native American, Rancho Period, and late-19th-century treasures.
Location: 301N N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007. See it on Google maps.
5. Virginia Robinson Gardens
Experience a world of luxury and privilege at this beautiful estate once owned by the Robinson family of the Robinson department store! In addition to plants and galore, visitors can explore a mansion and pool pavilion to truly encompass the Beverly Hills lifestyle.
Location: 1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. See it on Google maps.
Also published on Medium.