Descanso Gardens History and Walking Tour
On a slightly overcast Sunday morning in April, I put on my hiking shoes, tossed my camera in the car, grabbed a water bottle and headed out the door for Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge. Hailed as one of the most spectular locations in Southern California, this 160-acre oasis contains forests, streams, a lake, a bird sanctuary, tram tours, hiking trails, a 22-room home, a gift shop, cafe court gardens and a Japanese teahouse and koi pond.
Located in the midst of California chaparral, Descanso Gardens is the antithesis of frantic life lived in the city. An Angelano for twenty-five years, I appreciated the opportunity to step away from life lived on the freeways, in malls, with the assault on my senses, and enter another world through the iron filigree garden gate. When you visit, do this: take a deep breath, drink in the rich sights and perfumed smells of this location. Open your pores to this tranquil and delicious environment. The well manicured lawns, the colorful flower beds, the trickle of a brook over smooth stones, the solitude of the bird pond, and koi gliding between rocks in the pool. Now, step inside.