The Huntington’s distinctly themed gardens are easily the most stunning manicured outdoor spaces in SoCal. Add in a historic library and stellar museum, and this San Marino spot is more than worth the cost of admission ($25–$29; reservations required on weekends). Wander rows of roses, climb through a bamboo forest at the Japanese garden, admire the cacti in the desert garden and go for a stroll around the Chinese garden, which recently welcomed a massive expansion.More
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“You get your ticket and it gets you access to the garden and the library. They have a lot of really, really old editions of different books, and it’s fascinating for a writer to go visit the library. It’s very beautiful. And I love to walk around the gardens. If it’s May, I go to see the rose garden; if it’s the summer, I like the cactus garden. They have a gorgeous Japanese garden with bonsai and all that. It’s a really nice way to spend a Sunday morning or an afternoon.”More
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The library portion is impressive (though indoor areas are currently closed), but the true highlights here are outdoors in its vast jigsaw of botanical gardens, arguably the most glorious in the entire L.A. region. The acres and acres of public gardens are divided into a variety of themes, including a prickly desert garden, a serene Japanese garden and bamboo forest, as well as a recently-expanded assembly of Chinese pagodas, pavilions and bridges. (Reservations required; $29)More
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This Southern California treasure encompasses 130 acres, over a dozen themed gardens, and a wide range of ecosystems to stroll through. The Chinese Garden is one of the largest in the world, complete with ornate pavilions to take in the lake views. For a romantic setting, the Rose Garden is hard to beat, with its 3,000 heavenly-scented blooms. Be sure to make an online reservation ahead of time, and grab a to-go drink and snack at the Gardens’ 1919 Café.More
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Stunning botanical gardens featuring plants from all over the world. The garden is divided into 16 different themes (desert, Japanese, Chinese, rose, Australian, palm, lily ponds, and more). Find your favorite and take a deep breath.
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