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Botanical Gardens Pasadena

Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens Recommended You’ll find cultural glories inside the library’s impressive book collection—the bequest of entrepreneur Henry E. Huntington—but the Huntington’s highlights are outdoors in its vast jigsaw of botanical gardens, arguably the most glorious in the entire Los Angeles region. The acres and acres of public gardens are divided into a variety of themes, including a prickly desert garden, a serene Japanese garden and bamboo forest, as well as an ever-expanding assembly of Chinese pagodas, pavilions and bridges. Read more San Marino Descanso Gardens This delightful tribute to the horticultural magic of Southern California includes more than 600 varieties of camellia (these are best seen between the middle of February and early May, when there are around 34,000 of the plants in bloom) and some five acres of roses. There are also lilac, orchid, fern and California native plant areas, as well as a tea house donated by the Japanese-American community. Book now Read more La Cañada Advertising Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden These gorgeous grounds in Arcadia, very close to the Santa Anita racetrack, have been designed as an educational facility (the plants are mostly arranged by region, and tours are available), but many people simply come here for a little peace and quiet. You could wander these gardens for hours, taking in tropical forests and waterfalls, trees and fish. Plus, be on the lookout for wild peacocks. Read more Arcadia Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens The LA Zoo’s greatest asset is its location in the isolated hills of Griffith Park. It’s a pretty popular place, but the zoo’s size—80 acres, plus a huge parking lot—means that, like the park itself, it rarely feels busy. There’s not a separate botanical garden here, but you will find over 800 different plant species, from native succulents to prehistoric cycads, labeled and catalogued throughout the zoo’s continentally-themed habitats. Read more Griffith Park Advertising South Coast Botanic Garden This South Bay botanic garden covers 87 acres on the northeast side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. You’ll find a mix of Southern California flora, from fuchsia to the talngled roots of Moreton Bay Fig trees, alonside more specialized areas like small Japanese and desert gardens. It may not be as grandiose as some other gardens, but it’s well worth the price of admission. Book now Read more Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates James Irvine Japanese Garden This tranquil garden is one of Little Tokyo’s best-kept secrets as the urban oasis isn’t accessible from the street. According to the community center, gardens carry great importance in Japanese culture—caring for the grounds is a form of art and spending time among the flora encourages harmony with nature—so walk the outer path for a complete view of the garden’s foliage, babbling stream and cascading waterfall. Read more Little Tokyo Advertising The Japanese Garden This appropriately titled Japanese garden sits just across from the Sepulveda Basin on the border of Van Nuys. The stony bridges and footpaths wind along a central pond, flanked by by rockwork, manicured trees and tea houses. Of course, this wouldn’t be the Valley without a bit of an industrial edge—the garden is irrigated by the adjacent Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. Read more Van Nuys Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden This nearly two-acre private Japanese garden and traditional teahouse opens its doors to the public on a weekly basis. First constructed in the late 1930s and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005, the garden features two ponds, four bridges and a cascading waterfall, all centered around a Japanese tea house. Created in Japan by landscape designer and craftsman Kinzuchi Fujii, the original tea house was shipped to philanthropists Charles and Ellamae Storrier Stearns’ backyard. It sat there until 1981 when it burned down; current owners Jim and Connie Haddad have since rebuilt and restored the tatami mat tea house according to original drawings, photographs and architectural plans. Read more Pasadena Advertising

Botanical Gardens Pasadena

Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens Recommended You’ll find cultural glories inside the library’s impressive book collection—the bequest of entrepreneur Henry E. Huntington—but the Huntington’s highlights are outdoors in its vast jigsaw of botanical gardens, arguably the most glorious in the entire Los Angeles region. The acres and acres of public gardens are divided into a variety of themes, including a prickly desert garden, a serene Japanese garden and bamboo forest, as well as an ever-expanding assembly of Chinese pagodas, pavilions and bridges. Read more

Botanical Gardens Pasadena

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Los Angeles—and California as a whole—is a pretty amazing place, botanically speaking. Stick practically any plant in the ground and it’ll grow, hence the palm tree-lined streets and the ubiquitous jacaranda tree bloom. Even though some of us can reach out our windows and pluck an avocado from a tree, a trip to one of LA’s many botanical gardens reveals vegetation that simply can’t be found on our city streets. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites, from botanical gardens in the San Gabriel Valley to a hidden oasis in a Hollywood Hills park.

Botanical Gardens Pasadena

Henry Huntington’s superintendent, William Hertrich, was instrumental in developing the various plant collections that comprise the foundation of the Botanical Gardens. Together, they molded the working ranch into a botanical collection of rare and exotic plants. They searched local nurseries and visited other plant collectors in the area to find mature and unique specimens. Mr. Huntington imported plants from many parts of the world to experiment with their cultivation in Southern California.

Botanical Gardens Pasadena

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens The LA Zoo’s greatest asset is its location in the isolated hills of Griffith Park. It’s a pretty popular place, but the zoo’s size—80 acres, plus a huge parking lot—means that, like the park itself, it rarely feels busy. There’s not a separate botanical garden here, but you will find over 800 different plant species, from native succulents to prehistoric cycads, labeled and catalogued throughout the zoo’s continentally-themed habitats. Read more

Botanical Gardens Pasadena

Getty Center Recommended Perhaps the only thing more impressive than the J. Paul Getty Trust’s astronomical endowment is the famed hilltop art museum’s grounds. Once you’ve taken the electric tram ride up the hill, one thing becomes apparent: it’s a big place. Zigzagging paths cut across a manicured creek and down to artist Robert Irwin’s Central Garden, with a pond and hedge maze as its focus. You’ll find bits of greenery elsewhere among the limestone edifices, but make sure to visit the perch above the cactus garden, set against the Century City skyline and Pacific Ocean. Book now Read more Westside Exposition Park Rose Garden Much of the majesty of past Olympics has faded, as has the polish on the Memorial Coliseum—sorry, Trojans fans—but Exposition Park still stands as one of LA’s most significant institutions. You’ll find green spaces scattered around the USC-adjacent property, but the most charming section resides in the fragrant Rose Garden. Rest in one of the gazebos or take a stroll around the central fountain, all the while admiring its beautiful brick neighbors. Read more USC/Exposition Park Advertising Getty Villa Recommended This Pacific Palisades villa—the original site of J. Paul Getty’s collection—houses thousands of Greek and Roman artifacts, but you could easily spend hours just wandering through its gardens. Built to mimic a Roman country house, the villa’s central pool is flanked by flower beds and bronze busts, and its southernmost point offers a glimpse of the ocean. Make sure to explore both sides to find an edible garden and a fountain set against a vibrant mosaic. Read more Pacific Palisades Greystone Mansion This 55-room Tudor estate is a good way to get a glimpse into the lives of LA’s historical 1%. Though the interior is only open for events and tours, the exterior gardens are open daily, free of charge. Take a stroll through alleys of poplars and cypress trees, a fountain and reflecting pool, and a terraced pool area, along with a public educational guide. Read more Beverly Hills Advertising Virginia Robinson Gardens Department store magnates Virginia and Harry Robinson built this Beverly Hills estate in 1911, and upon their passing it entered into the county’s hands as a public park. Because of the six-and-a-half-acre estate’s quiet residential location, it’s only accessible via docent-led tours, which you’ll need to arrange two weeks in advance over the phone or via email. Once inside, you’ll find finely manicured gardens and a just as impeccably assembled mansion. In keeping with its storied history of lavish Hollywood parties, the estate hosts a swanky garden party at the beginning of each summer. Read more Beverly Hills

Botanical Gardens Pasadena

You’ll find cultural glories inside the library’s impressive book collection—the bequest of entrepreneur Henry E. Huntington—but the Huntington’s highlights are outdoors in its vast jigsaw of botanical gardens, arguably the most glorious in the entire Los Angeles region. The acres and acres of public gardens are divided into a variety of themes, including a prickly desert garden, a serene Japanese garden and bamboo forest, as well as an ever-expanding assembly of Chinese pagodas, pavilions and bridges.

Botanical Gardens Pasadena

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