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Your Guide to Visiting Descanso Gardens

Your Guide to Visiting Descanso Gardens

Explore Descanso Gardens: a Southern California oasis of botanical wonders, history, and exciting events. Team


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October 04, 2023

Nestled in the heart of Southern California, Descanso Gardens is a verdant oasis offering an immersive that transports visitors through a diverse collection of native and cultivated landscapes. With ancient plants and rose gardens reflecting centuries of botanical history, Descanso Gardens promises not just a garden visit, but a journey through time and nature.

Daytime Exploration and Admittance

For those keen on basking in the garden's daytime beauty, Descanso extends a warm welcome. If you're a member, the gates open for you without an extra charge. But if you're yet to join the Descanso family, you'd need to secure an admission ticket which can be either purchased on-site or through their official website. The pricing structure is straightforward: Adults for $15, seniors and students with ID for $11, children between ages 5 to 12 for a mere $5, and the young ones under 4 can enter for free.

To accommodate visitors on a budget, Descanso has thoughtfully marked the third Tuesday of every month as 'Free Tuesday.' But there's a catch: you have to be quick and reserve these free slots online in advance. For example, the October 17 Free Tuesday tickets have already been released.

The Japanese Garden at Descanso Gardens is a popular attraction to visit.

Special Nights Under the Garden Sky

As the sun dips beyond the horizon, Descanso transforms. From October 6–29, between 6–10pm, the gardens invite visitors to the 'Carved' event. But the highlight that casts a magical spell every year is the Enchanted Forest of Light. This shimmering nocturnal wonderland is an interactive nighttime extravaganza unique to Los Angeles. As you meander through a mile of the garden, mesmerizing light displays greet you at every turn. From the stained glass town on the Main Lawn crafted by Tom Fruin to the sparkling geometric formations adorning the Rose Garden, the Enchanted Forest promises a surreal experience. 

If frequent visits to Descanso sound enticing, perhaps you should consider a membership. Starting at $70 for an individual, the benefits are manifold. As a member, every day feels like a 'Free Tuesday' with unrestricted daytime access. Additionally, members enjoy a plethora of perks including event discounts, early access, and even complimentary entry at over 300 gardens courtesy of the American Horticulture Society’s Reciprocal Admissions program.

Dive Deep into Botanical Bliss

The heart and soul of Descanso are its gardens. The Rose Garden, spanning five acres, is home to 1,600 roses, tracing back hundreds of years of rose cultivation. The Japanese Garden, on the other hand, is an epitome of serenity with native Asian plants and features crafted to inspire introspection. The Oak Forest stands as a testament to time with its California coast live oaks, some aging over a century. The Ancient Forest transports you back to prehistoric times with its ancient plant life. The Camellia Collection is a harmonious blend of history and horticulture.

In conclusion, Descanso Gardens is not just a collection of plants and trees but a testament to the symbiotic relationship between humanity and nature. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a history aficionado, or someone seeking tranquility, Descanso Gardens awaits with its enchanting embrace.

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