Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Descanso Gardens

I've been trying to find and visit every arboretum and botanical garden in the surrounding areas. The last one I visited was Descanso Gardens. Of the ones I've visited so far, I like this one the best probably because most of it is really set up like someones massive garden. What I also like is that it just seems to continuously flow. There aren't any long treks between garden areas and there is always something to stop to look at. Many of the other gardens have long treks past massive lawns or walks down long roads before you get to the next garden. This place always gave you something to look at or a place to stop and admire a fountain or stream or the Koi in it.

Everything is beautifully set from the moment you walk in and there is water everywhere whether it is in a fountain, a waterfall or a stream that runs along the entire south side of the park (I think it's south), with bridges that cross over it.

I've never seen so many Koi in my life and they are everywhere even in parts of the stream and in the pond in the Japanese garden.

Outside the core of the Descanso Gardens is a 20-acre Camellia Forest where you can walk the paved paths or venture on the dirt paths under the shade of the trees. Even inside the forest you'll find an occasional rest spot with a pond, quiet bench, large boulders to sit on, or a fountain.


With all of the trees, running streams, fountains and waterfalls, you don't even feel the hot weather outside. I didn't even mind the big spider web I didn't see and walked right into when I ventured off the paved path. I don't know if it was as big as the one below but it sure felt like it. Eeeeewww!


And the flowers! Oh, my goodness the flowers. There were so many. I can't wait until Spring when everything that is not in bloom now will be in bloom then. I'll be posting may of the different photos I took of the flowers and bees. There were plenty of every kind of bee you can imagine both big and small (smile).

I'll be back. I've captured the fish, the dragon flies, the bees, flowers and one bird. I'm still hoping to see some of the over 200 birds they've cataloged as visiting. Oh, and did I mention the miniature train ride you can take through the gardens? How cute is that?

11 comments:

June said...

This looks like a real treasure of a place. I suspect you'll be returning there often...and I'll look forward to seeing the results of those visits...

Jayne said...

What a glorious place! Makes me smile just looking at the photos. :c)

Craig Wilson said...

Beautiful garden/landscape images - the colours are nice bright and refreshing! Great work...

2sweetnsaxy said...

June - It really is a treasure spot and I'll definitely be back... a lot!

Jayne - I'm glad it made you smile. It means the photos did their job at capturing how I saw it.

Craig Wilson - Thank you. I was hoping my photos did that place justice. :-)

Abraham Lincoln said...

Some of those miniature train rides are really nice. I like your photos of this wonderful garden.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Abe - Thank you. The train wasn't operational when I was there. I have to go back just to ride the train. :-)

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Hi there, thanks for all your very kind comments, great shots here and in your previous posts, I've added your blog to my links so I can drop by, by the way the spiders web shot is stunning. Mike.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Thank you Mike and you're very welcome! Your visit and comments are always welcome! :-)

Paz said...

Looks like a beautiful place. All your photos capture its beauty. I look forward to your other photos.

Paz

napaboaniya said...

I love the shot of the spider web!!! :P

BNS said...

What an amazing assortment of photo subjects you discovered there. By the way, I think that spider web is gorgeous. What a classic.

Bobbie