Descanso Gardens

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Descanso Gardens located in the Los Angeles, USA suburb of La Caņada is a 25 acre (101,000 m²) camellia forest.

At one time the property of the newspaper magnate E. Manchester Boddy (who owned the Los Angeles Daily News), he ran a commercial Camellia garden at this location (supplying prom boutonničres, for example) until he ceded the site to Los Angeles County in 1953.

The County has further developed the property to include a world-class rosarium, as well as a Japanese tea house, lilac garden, bird sanctuary, xeriscape, and of course a gift shop. They also regularly host professional Camellia shows, chamber music, and weddings. They are busiest however on the Easter weekend, when the tulips are in bloom and eggs are hidden on the central lawn of one acre (4,000 m²).

The original 22-room house on the site built by Mr. Boddy now hosts a variety of art exhibits, primarily by local painters and ceramists.

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