Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Descanso Gardens Celebrates The Ability to Once Again Breathe A Little Easier

After days of breathing in toxic smoke from the Station fire -- as well as fretting over the loss of L.A.'s priceless resource to the North, our Angeles National Forest -- it was a treat to finally get back to nature on Monday, thanks to Descanso Gardens.

Descanso threw its doors open to everyone for free on Labor Day, as a "gesture of support for our local communities." That includes La Canada Flintridge, where Descanso is based.

The air quality isn't back to normal yet -- but with it much improved, we took Descanso Gardens (not too far from Franklin Avenue HQ) up on the offer.

The 150 acres that form Descanso Gardens today came into being thanks to E. Manchester Boddy, the publisher of the original (not today's) Los Angeles Daily News, who purchased the land in 1937.

Japanese Tea Garden

The Descanso site includes Boddy's old home, a two-story mansion; the 22-room home is free to visit as part of the Descano admission. The Gardens also include a Japanese Tea Garden; a rose garden; a section set aside for California plants; even a mini train, which kids can ride on the weekends.

Normal prices: $8 for general admission; seniors and students are $6, while kids 5 to 12 are $3. Kids under 5 are free.

1418 Descanso Drive
La CaƱada Flintridge, CA 91011

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