8 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in L.A. This Year

Cameron Hendrickson | April 9, 2021 | Lifestyle Feature

Here's our list of some of the best things to do on Earth Day 2021 in L.A., including outdoor activities for kids and the whole family.


1. Huntington Gardens

Spread over 16 lush acres, The Huntington offers guests the chance to roam its 16 gardens—each cultivated under a different theme. Step into one of the oldest collections of succulents and cacti in the world in the Desert Garden, or be transported under the towering forest canopy in the Jungle Garden. San Marino

2. Descanso Gardens

Although it’s only 20-minutes outside of DTLA, once you enter Descanso Gardens it’s hard to believe you’re anywhere near the bustling city. Internationally renowned, the oasis is famous for nurturing seasonal growth and native woodland. We recommend you visit the Oak Forest and stand under the enormity of the Quercus agrifolia. La Cañada Flintridge

3. Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens

Everything about the Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens espouses relaxation and calm. If you’re feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders, we highly suggest walking the enchanting design of the labyrinth or breathing in the sanctuary of the Meditation Gardens. L.A.

4. Los Angeles Arboretum

The Los Angeles Arboretum is the perfect place to step back in time. The 127 acres of stunning gardens are rich in history, and at the heart of it all is Baldwin Lake. On the shores of the historic site sits the original—and extravagant—Queen Anne Cottage built in 1885. Other highlights include the captivating aquatic gardens, the tropical greenhouse and the rose garden. Arcadia

5. Virginia Robinson Garden

Once the home of the affluent Virginia and Harry Robinson, the mansion at the center of the property, named for the wife, is a stunning example of old-Hollywood luxury. Now listed on the National Register of Historical Places, the estate was once the site of extravagant parties. Today it welcomes guests to explore its six botanical gardens with a docent-led tour. Beverly Hills

6. Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Open every Saturday and Sunday, the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is the only surviving garden design of Kinzushi Fuji. The tranquil grounds hold beauties like the cascading waterfall on a 25 foot tall hill, granite statuary and lanterns, and four original bridges from its creation in 1940. But the true pièce de résistance of the Japanese Garden is the teahouse named Niko-an, or Abode at Two Ponds. Pasadena

7. The Taft Gardens and Nature Preserve

Tucked at the end of a private residential road, The Taft Gardens and Nature Preserve is truly a secret garden to be marveled upon. The mature grounds are stunning by their own majesty, but intentional detailing adds a touch that is unique to the organization: features like the hand-painted tiles following the path of the docent-led tours. Oak View

8. South Coast Botanical Gardens

Spring is in full bloom at the South Coast Botanical Gardens, and if you are looking for a place to immerse yourself in nature this Earth Day, the experience it offers is nothing short of ethereal. Take in the splendor of the Golden State with their California Native Plants garden, or stimulate more than just your eyes with the Garden for the Senses. Palos Verdes Peninsula

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