Discover Descanso Gardens – An Unexpected Urban Retreat in La Canada, CA

If you live in or are planning to visit the Los Angeles area, one of the many choices for a lovely day in nature is Descanso Gardens. Descanso is located in La Canada Flintridge, just above Pasadena, CA.

An Unexpected Garden, Descanso Gardens, La Canada, CA

An Unexpected Garden, Descanso Gardens, La Canada, CA

It’s so true that the hustle and bustle of city life can bring on a stressful pace and a strong desire to be able to “get away from it all”!  It is a desire that would trade in asphalt and concrete for greenery and natural beauty. But if time and expense brings postponements from taking that 3 week vacation across borders to a tropical locale, here is a recommendation for you! Simply set aside a few hours to visit Descanso, breathe in the local So Cal beauty and let your imagination expand! At Descanso, you will find a feast for the eyes that will do very nicely for now, I guarantee!

Discover Descanso Gardens, La Canada, CA

Discover Descanso Gardens, La Canada, CA

At Descanso, I can imagine that I am in a moment strolling through a lovely spot in Tuscany, Italy….

An Unexpected Garden, Descanso Gardens, La Canada, CA

An Unexpected Garden, Descanso Gardens, La Canada, CA

… Or make believe that I am visiting an enchanted cottage in the French countryside with artichoke gardens and wild roses.

Discover Descanso Gardens, La Canada, CA

Discover Descanso Gardens, La Canada, CA

Enhancing the lovely daydreams are beautiful strawberries and apple trees growing nearby tool sheds and house fences.

An Unexpected Garden, Descanso Gardens, La Canada, CA

An Unexpected Garden, Descanso Gardens, La Canada, CA

A reasonable annual membership allows for a solo visit or the opportunity to bring a friend! There is also a “free day” once a month, check the website for updates!  You’ll be able to stroll until your heart’s content, or or to sit on cozy benches next to bubbling brooks and streams. There are artistically planted flower beds everywhere! There are also summer concerts where you can bring a picnic basket and enjoy music under the stars. I have even attended a wedding on the grounds!

I love to travel and discover places just like Descanso Gardens, but to find such a treasure nearby is truly one of my favorite things and such a sweet treat!

Discover Descanso Gardens, La Canada, CA

Discover Descanso Gardens, La Canada, CA

So remember to weep no more if you aren’t quite yet able to go on an extended romantic adventure! There is truly no need to hop on a plane and fly away. I recommend Descanso Gardens for a beautiful day!

And always remember that the grass that is greener could be very close by : )
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