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San Marino, CA 91108
The Botanical Gardens at the Huntington Library feature 120 landscaped acres with thirteen themed gardens and a conservatory on the former San Marino Ranch just outside Pasadena include rare and exotic plants from around the world as well as California natives. You could spend all day in the gardens, but the extensive art collection and illustrated manuscripts, including a Gutenberg Bible, are also worth a look. Garden walking tours are available.
02 of 16150 acres of gardens, woodland and chaparral. The 40,000 camellia bushes within the 20-acre California live oak forest bloom from October to March. Peak bloom for the 4,000 roses in the Rosarium is April through December. Guided tram tours are available.
1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada, CA 91011
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301 N. Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007
The 127 acres of trees and shrubs at the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden are arranged by continent of origin. The park includes the spring-fed Lake Baldwin, a research center and greenhouses and several historic buildings. Walking tours are available.
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701 State Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90037
The Rose Garden at Exposition Park in South Los Angeles is a popular spot for USC students to hang out and study, and a busy spot for weddings and photo shoots. The Rose Garden is opened daily from 9:00 am - sunset. It is closed to the public from January 1st - March 15th of each year for annual maintenance. Exposition Park is also home to a variety of museums including the Natural History Museum, California Science Center and the California African American Museum, so you can combine some indoor and outdoor time.
06 of 161200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
The manicured gardens at the Getty Center were designed as a work of art by Robert Irwin. Zigzagging walkways, a stone waterfall and a floating maze of azaleas are surrounded by a variety of seasonal plants. Architecture and garden tours are available.
07 of 165333 Zoo Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Most people go to the zoo to see the animals, but the habitats at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Griffith Park are just as carefully cultivated, including a variety of specialty gardens including a collection of contraband plants that have been confiscated by airport customs from people trying to bring them into the country illegally.
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1500 North College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens in Claremont has 86 acres dedicated exclusively to California native plants and is a haven for wildlife. There are many resources provided to help people develop and maintain native gardens. In summer be cautious of the heat and bring plenty of water.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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The Gardens are located on the southeastern corner of the UCLA campus. The main entrance is on Tiverton Ave., near the Emergency Center of the Hospital. The south entrance is at the corner of Hilgard Ave. and Le Conte Ave., and the north entrance is opposite The Patio, behind the Botany Building. Admission is free.
About 5000 species of tropical and subtropical plants are grown on the six acres of the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens at UCLA.
10 of 1617190 Sunset Blvd (Garden entrance, closer to the ocean)
17080 Sunset blvd (Shrine entrance)
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
The ten-acre Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine is 1/4 mile from the Pacific Ocean just up sunset Blvd from the coast. It honors the five major world religions and includes a memorial to Mahatma Ghandi where a portion of his ashes are said to be enshrined. The grounds have been compared to a Disney version of a botanical garden with everything manicured and pristinely perfect.
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1250 N Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90899
The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is a 1.3-acre oasis hidden away on the campus of California State University Long Beach. Admission is free. Check the website for open hours.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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14 of 161008 Elden Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
The Virginia Robinson Gardens are six acres of tropical gardens on the grounds of the former Robinson estate in Beverly Hills. The gardens and home may be viewed Tuesday through Friday by appointment only.
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6100 Woodley Ave
Van Nuys, CA 91406
The Japanese Garden - Suiho En, the garden of water and fragrance, is a traditional 6.5 acre Japanese garden in Van Nuys with all the meditative elements, used as a tool to teach visitors about water reclamation. The garden includes a tea room and tea ceremony garden. Docent-led tours by reservation or explore on your own.
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In addition to beautiful park spaces, Los Angeles is home to some amazing gardens, from encyclopedic botanic gardens to California native gardens to tranquil Japanese Gardens, there are myriad showcases of natures bounty to enjoy.