• 1418 Descanso Dr.
  • La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
  • T: 818-949-4290

Californian Retreat

Descanso Gardens features nine botanical collections, a (ride-able) miniature railroad, house museum, modern art gallery, cafe and gift shop. The urban retreat also boasts a redwood forest, streams, a lake, a bird sanctuary and the largest camellia garden in the United States. Programmed events include morning yoga, weekend walks, story time for kids, gardening tutorials, and annual festivals.

Descanso Gardens History

Descanso Gardens was originally built as E. Manchster Boddy’s residence, a newspaper publisher who called his estate Rancho del Descanso. Boddy deeded his estate to Los Angeles County with the understanding that it would be opened to the public after his death, at that point the property was renamed Descanso Gardens.




Coast live oak and camellias are the pride and joy of Descanso Gardens, as are roses. One ancient oak tree in particular is worth a visit, it is named “Old Verdugo,” the 400 year old oak tree served as a boundary tree by the Spanish and Mexican governments as Alta California was divided into ranchos. The Ancient Forest also contains coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), which grow to be the tallest living trees on Earth.

Annual Festivals

a great way to experience Descanso Gardens is to attend one of their famous festivals:

Camellia Month (February)

Celebrating Spring (March)

Rose Festival (May)

Japanese Garden Festival (October)

Enchanted: Forest of Light (November to January)


Guided walks are offered on most weekends, they are free with admission, call ahead of time to ensure there will be a tour during your visit. Alternatively, group and tram tours can be arranged in advance for groups of 25 or more. Details→

The Boddy House

Manchester Boddy’s home was built in the 1930s, today the glamorous Hollywood Regency style home operates as a house museum on the Descanso Gardens property. More→

Sturt Haaga Gallery

Mr. Boddy’s former garage was transformed into an attractive modern art gallery where visitors can view rotating exhibits throughout the year. More→

Gift Shop→

Descanso Cafe→

Events Calendar→

There’s Always Something in Bloom


Camellias, cherry trees and winter annuals


Camellias, magnolias, cherry trees and daffodils


Tulips, camellias, irises, lilacs, cherry trees, clivia and daffodils


Azaleas, camellias, irises, lilacs, native plants and wildflowers, and wisteria


Roses, azaleas, camellias, irises, wildflowers and California natives


Modern and heritage roses, and summer annuals

July, August and September

Roses, summer annuals and perennials, crape myrtle, and cassia


Sasanqua camellias, roses and fall foliage


Camellias, toyon berries, annuals, ginkgo and fall foliage


Camellias, toyon berries, annuals and ginkgo.

Special Events

Garden Weddings→

Meetings and Retreats→

Photo Shoots→

Film Locations→

Outdoor Banquet Rooms

Main Lawn: 500 guests
Oak Grove: 300 guests
Rose Garden, Oak Stage: 200 guests
Rose Pavilion: 180 guests
Magnolia Lawn: 150 guests
Japanese Garden: 25 guests
Boddy House Lawn or Terrace: 110 guests

Indoor Banquet Rooms

Van de Kamp Hall: 180 guests
Birch Room: 30 guests
Maple Room: 30 guests

Special Events Contact

+1 (818) 949-4291

[email protected]

Catering Contact

Patina Restaurant Services and Events

+1 (213) 864-2241

[email protected]