If you love flowers and gardens and are looking for beautiful Spring flowers in Southern California, I can highly recommend Descanso Gardens near Los Angeles. It’s a botanical garden full of beautiful flowers almost year-round, and is especially beautiful in the Spring with tulips, magnolias, camellias, irises, lilacs, daffodils and much more! This garden is perfect for flower lovers and photographers!
Last month, Ken and I went on a “Garden Tour of Southern California” road trip, to try to see as many Spring blooms as possible in Southern California. This trip also included a visit to The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch and the Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills, all of which are fabulous!
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Descanso Gardens is located about 20 minutes north downtown Los Angeles, in the city of La Cañada Flintridge. Since Ken and I are members of the UC Botanical Garden in Berkeley, we have free reciprocal admissions to this garden through the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program and took advantage by visiting twice during our stay.
We were delighted by all the flowers in bloom here, including lots of tulips, cherry blossoms and some magnolias in their charming Japanese Garden. March is definitely a wonderful time to visit this garden! I especially enjoyed their Japanese Garden with the arched bridge and the koi-filled stream next to the tea house, all accented by pink blooming cherry and plum blossoms.
By the way, if you love flowers as much as I do, you might be interested in my post on the Most Beautiful Flower Books – it’s one of my most popular posts!
My Photography Gear
The pictures in this post were taken with the fantastic Nikon D750 (newer model D780 here), using the Nikon 50 mm f/1.4G Lens and the Nikon Micro 105 mm Lens. I have an entire post on photographing flowers you might be interested in!
California Spring Travel
If you’re looking for more California Spring travel ideas, check out my posts on the Most Beautiful Spots in Big Sur, the Purple Ice Plants of the Monterey Peninsula, the spectacular Flower Fields of Carlsbad Ranch, the Poppy Fields of Mt Diablo State Park, and the beautiful Spring Peach Blossoms in the East Bay!
All of my California travel posts are here!
Hi, I’m Pansy!
Hello, thanks for stopping by! I’m Pansy, California-based travel + lifestyle blogger, photographer and lover of ALL the pretty flowers! If you browse through my blog, you may notice that most of my travels, DIY and photography center around flowers and nature! 🌸🌼🌿