Restful Exploration at Descanso Gardens

Finding a shady place to park in SoCal is always a very nice thing!   Antipasta and I continue shaking up our writing meetings this summer, taking it to Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge today.

Isn’t this an inviting path?  Descanso Gardens is less structured feeling than the Huntington Gardens.  A great place to just follow your nose like a little kid and see what’s around the next corner.

Antipasta points out a perfectly lovely something berry!  We thought it was kind of amusing that everything that we already knew the name of seemed to be labeled, but the things we didn’t recognize weren’t.

It was a very warm day.  We were a little envious of this little bathing finch outside the Broddy House.

I love these trees when they aren’t in bloom and they’re just made up of slender leafless green stems.  I must have seen them in bloom without realizing what they are.  The name escapes  me now, sadly!

We had a nice lunch from the Descanso Cafe….split a sandwich and salad again.

Okay, since we were just at the Huntington, it begs a comparison.  I think it might be better, if you’re going to visit both in a short period of time, to start with the more modest Descanso Gardens.  If you’re interested in native Californian wildflowers, it seems the Descanso is your best bet.

And I thought the food was much much better at Descanso Cafe than at the cafe at the Huntington.  The turkey sandwich was terrific with great bread and a slab of  mozzarella, and nice mixed greens were included in the nice paper carton.  We also had a roasted beet, pecan and crumbled bleu cheese salad that was delicious.  At the Huntington,  it felt like they might have bought it all in its plastic containers from some service somewhere.  I’d like to try some of the creative sounding cocktails on offer at the Full Moon Teahouse, which wasn’t open when we were there.  Green Tea liqueur?  Really?

Descanso Gardens admission is $8 compared to $15-20 (weekends at the higher price) at the Huntington, but if you only have time for one of these big gardens on a visit to Southern California, I think I’d have to recommend the Huntington, because it’s really pretty astonishing, and offers lots of different perspectives, and the galleries make for a nice indoor/outdoor experience.

If you live in SoCal, do consider visiting both of these places.  I’ll bet just a little earlier in the blooming season would be even more wondrous.


3 thoughts on “Restful Exploration at Descanso Gardens

  1. Hydra says:

    I really like the bird in the fountain and the water droplettes suspended in mid air. You’ve got to publish that picture or put in a photo competition.

  2. MIcuz says:

    I agree with Hydra, it almost looks like you re-touched the background. The fountain, and bird are in crystal clear focus, but the background is soft pixilated, it looks like it could be one of those pictures made from pictures. Very nice!

  3. Sundry says:

    Thanks, Hydra and MIcuz. I’ll have to print a copy and see how it looks. I wouldn’t have thought this was one of the better ones. I did crop it a bit. That bird is so little!

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