Secret Gardens of Los Angeles?

When you think LA, you think of the Hollywood Hills, thousands of houses puzzle pieced together on any and every free spot of land.  Of long beaches, traffic, and movie stars.  Yet there are gems of tranquility within this city that go unseen or unheard of. In a city that gossips and is always in search of the trendy, the secret gardens of Los Angeles, allow any city dwelling urbanite the opportunity to find sanction and peace in a town of madness.

The Rooftop Garden at the Kyoto Grand Hotel – Downtown

James Irvine Japanese Garden – At the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

A few I’ve heard about but have never been to:

  1. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, & Botanical Gardens:  The property is a massive 207 acres with more than 14,000 different types of plants for a staff of 40 gardeners and 7 curators to take care of.  They host an afternoon tea time overlooking three acres of roses.  A set price gives you a freshly brewed pot of tea and homemade scones at each table with unlimited access to the buffet.  Full of savory finger sandwiches, cheese, fresh fruits, salads, and petite desserts. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA  91108; 626.405.2100

2.  The Japanese GardenLocated in the San Fernando Valley this Japanese Garden is named Suiho En, the garden of water and fragrance. Designed by Dr. Kawana, a famous japanese garden architect who has done botanical gardens in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Diego’s Balboa Park, Denver, Chicago, Memphis, Minneapolis, and the largest Japanese garden in the U.S. located in St. Louis. The Japanese Garden; 6100 Woodley Ave,  Van Nuys, CA – 91406

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