Travel & Outdoors | 24 May 2016Los Angeles Gardens Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Los Angeles is a cultural hub with an endless amount of attractions and experiences within. Though it is perhaps most recognized for its significance in popular culture, television, and film; the natural beauties which occur throughout LA are just as attractive! The following excerpted from Quiet Los Angeles takes a look at some of the most beautiful botanical delights available for viewing in Los Angeles County. Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge 91011 (818) 949-4200 (free for members and children under 5) www.descansogardens.org Open Daily 9am–5pm Parking Free in lot Freeway I-210, CA-2 Bus 3, 32, 33 (Glendale) Metro Link Antelope Valley Line to Glendale Metrolink (MetroLink) (requires connection via bus or taxi) Most of the grounds are wheelchair accessible. Whether you’d prefer to linger in the aromas of roses and lilacs, observe the majesty of centuries-old oak trees, learn to create a sustainable garden, or discover a bit of regional history, this beautiful place at the foot of the Angeles National Forest will not disappoint. Footpaths and nature trails weave their way around grounds that include a large grassy common,as well as a Japanese garden, oak forest, a lake, and other beautiful flora. In 1937, E. Manchester Boddy, owner of the Los Angeles Daily News, purchased the Descanso land and commissioned ‘architect to the stars,’ James E. Dolena, to build a 22-room mansion for his family. Two decades late , Boddy sold the property to the county and volunteers began transforming it into the impressive gardens they are today. To fully appreciate the history and heritage of this spot, make sure to tour the Boddy House, which is open 10am to 4pm, Tuesday through Sunday. And for a truly mesmerizing experience, pay a visit during the RISE of the Jack o’ Lanterns in the evenings during the months of October and November. Exposition Park Rose Garden At Exposition Park, 701 State Drive, LA 90037 (213) 765-5397 Free www.laparks.org Open Daily 9am–sunset (Garden is closed yearly from January–March 15 for pruning) Parking Paid lot Freeway I-10, I/CA-110 Bus DASH F, Southeast (LADOT), 35, 81, 102, 200 (Metro Bus)Metro Rail Expo line 806 to Expo Park/USC Paved paths make the perimeter wheelchair accessible; however, the garden itself consists of landscaped grass,making it a challenge to navigate. This pleasing garden brims with roses of every imaginable size, shape, and color. Neatly arranged beds of Whisper,Dynasty, Granada, Timeless, Kaleidoscope, and hundreds of other varietals stretch across beautifully manicured lawns permeating the air with a cornucopia of delightful fragrances. Gazebos and benches offer numerous areas in which to sit quietly and enjoy the garden’s large central fountain, for a pleasant getaway in the middle of the city. James Irvine Japanese Garden At the Japanese American Cultural &Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St.,LA 90012 (213) 628-2725 Free www.jaccc.org Open Tuesday–Friday 10am–5pm; call ahead for weekend hours (schedule subject to change without notice), closed Monday Parking Paid lots, metered street parking Freeway I-10, I/CA-110, US-101 Bus DASH A, D (LADOT) Metro Rail Gold line 804 to Little Tokyo/Arts District The immediate entrance to the garden is paved,making it wheelchair accessible. Accessible through the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, this Seiryu-en,or ‘Garden of the Clear Stream,’ is a tranquil hideaway in downtown’s Little Tokyo district.Dozens of trees, flowers, plants, and grasses are interspersed between large and small rock formations, cedar bridges, curving footpaths,and a gently flowing brook. This garden isn’t large and won’t take long to walk through;however, it’s a divine spot to enjoy an afternoon break. Make sure to check out JACCC’s eventscalendar, as well as the George J. Doizaki Gallery, which mounts changing art exhibits throughout the year that speak to Japanese and Asian culture. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.