Descanso Gardens is a 150-acre botanical garden in a Los Angeles suburban hillside setting with views of the San Gabriel and Verdugo Mountains. The gardens were created on the estate of newspaper magnate E. Manchester Boddy in 1937. His restored “Hollywood Regency” mansion is open to visitors.
A 20-acre live oak forest shades over 35,000 tree-sized camellia plants and azaleas that bloom from January into April. Other noted features include a 5-acre International Rosarium, a Japanese teahouse and garden with koi-filled streams, a Lilac Garden, Southern California’s largest public iris collection, and an 8-acre garden of California native plants.