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Four Must-Visit Gardens

(LA Trend) — Although the pandemic has changed life as we know it, there are still many activities that can bring a sense of normalcy. It’s a well-documented fact that plants bring us joy. There are few things as relaxing as a leisurely walk in nature either alone or with your quarantine pod. Nature can provide welcome relief from stress, anxiety, and daily life. Visit these four gardens in Los Angeles for a breath of fresh air.

 

The Huntington Gardens

Located in picturesque Pasadena, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens—also known as The Huntington—covers 207 acres. The gardens contain over 14,000 different varieties of plants and are divided into themed areas. Enjoy a stroll through the Japanese Garden complete with a reflecting pool and koi pond, enjoy the towering cacti and succulents in the Desert Garden, and enjoy The Shakespeare Garden populated by plants referenced in Shakespeare’s works. The Huntington is the only place where you will find Camellia japonica or ‘Henry E. Huntington’, a large, pink, semi-double hybrid flower created by Nuccio’s Nurseries in Altadena. There are over a dozen gardens to enjoy and numerous nooks for reading and relaxing.

The gardens are open from 10 AM to 5 PM every day except Tuesday. Reserve tickets here.

 

South Coast Botanic Garden

The South Coast Botanic Garden lets you step into a dozen distinct areas in Palos Verdes. It offers a serene escape with over 87 acres of curated gardens and is one of the few pet-friendly gardens open during the pandemic. Younger visitors can enjoy the Children’s Discovery Garden and tactile experiences throughout the garden. Take a walk through the Banyan Garden, where Moreton Bay fig trees cover the area with a massive tangle of roots. Or enjoy the colorful Fuchsia Garden brimming with bright flowering shrubs and trees in all shades of pink.

The garden is open from 8 AM to 7 PM daily. Purchase tickets here.

 

The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Located in Arcadia, this 127-acre property contains a wide variety of plants, wildlife, and historic buildings (indoor spaces are closed for now). The Arboretum is known for its wild roaming peacocks and large collection of climate-appropriate plants. Enjoy a tranquil walk through the Aquatic Gardens, which features a small waterfall and lily ponds. Explore the Meadowbrook Gardens with trees that frame the San Gabriel Mountains or a stunning array of roses depending on the time of year. The garden’s website features a “Bloom Calendar” where you can see which flowers are having their season.

The garden is open from 9 AM to 7 PM daily. Tickets are available online and reservations are required.

 

Descanso Gardens

Relax in the zen-like atmosphere of the Descanso Gardens, and explore a wide variety of curated plants. Located in La Cañada Flintridge, Descanso is best known for its extensive Rose Garden, which spans over 5 acres and includes pretty gazebos and a large fountain. Stroll through the Japanese Garden and wander through larger-than-life plants in the Ancient Forest. Descanso Gardens is a manageable afternoon walk and always provides something new to see.

The garden is open from 9 AM to 7 PM daily and tickets are required. Reserve your place online here.

 

 

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