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Best Buds

BY Angelina Lewis | July 14, 2017 | Feature Features

Immerse yourself in the sweet scents and vibrant hues of Mother Nature's finest work.
The 10-acre Desert Garden is a dramatic landscape of distinctive plants.

Descanso Gardens
With 90 cultivated acres and six unique gardens to explore, you’ll never hear the same answer when you ask, “What’s in bloom?” Seasonal fruits and vegetables grow abundantly in the edible Nature’s Table garden, while an arched bridge leads to the Japanese-themed oasis complete with a teahouse. Walk a bit further to take in the sweet perfume of the five-acre Rose Garden blooming with more than 1,600 varieties. $9, 1418 Descanso Dr., La CaƱada Flintridge, 818.949.4200

SuihoEn: The Japanese Garden
With its delicate pink cherry tree blossoms, symbolic Japanese lanterns and soothing streams and waterfalls, it’s no surprise its name means “garden of water and fragrance.” Hidden away from the busy streets of the San Fernando Valley, it’s not difficult to fall into a world of tranquility and meditation while gazing upon nature’s beauty in this three-in-one paradise designed by Dr. Koichi Kawana, the brains behind the expansive Japanese garden. $5, 6100 Woodley Ave., 818.756.8166

The Blue Ribbon Garden
“A Rose for Lilly” is what designer Frank Gehry named the flower-shaped fountain constructed from broken shards of royal Delft China after he dedicated it to Mrs. Walt Disney herself. The water feature, which sits atop the Walt Disney Concert Hall, serves as the focal point of this lush garden that blooms all-year round with flowering trees like the Naked Coral, the Pink Trumpet and the Strawberry Snowball. Don’t miss the W. M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre, which frequently hosts family-oriented performances like sing-alongs and drum circles. Free garden admission, 111 S. Grand Ave., 213.972.7211

Virginia Robinson Gardens
Even the Queen of Hearts doesn’t have an entrance as grand as Virginia Robinson’s. The green-checkered walkway of the historical Robinson Mansion—one of the first estates built in Beverly Hills—leads to the remarkably stunning Rose Garden. Upon arrival to the Italian Terrace Garden, where you’ll be greeted by two majestic stone lion statues, you’re immediately surrounded by plush petals. Book a tour to explore this cultural paradise, which has played host grounds for a bevy of Hollywood soirees. $11, 1008 Elden Way, 310.550.2068

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Scholars and nature-loving Angelenos alike will find themselves in paradise among the rolling lawns of more than a dozen themed gardens like the Subtropical, Herb, Jungle, Desert and Palm. Try to spot Diana and Apollo among the countless love-themed sculptures dating back to the late 17th century on your stroll through the lush gardens. With a Botanical Education Center, the Huntington Art Gallery and a library with more than nine-million-items, The Huntington offers unique experiences for visitors of all ages. $25-$29, 1151 Oxford Rd., 626.405.2100

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