15 Hidden Gardens in Los Angeles to Visit this Spring - Page 8 of 8 - Kid 101

15 Hidden Gardens in Los Angeles to Visit this Spring

8. Los Angeles Police Department Rock Garden

police department rock garden

The garden was designed in the 1930’s and reflects the style of the era with waterfalls, paths that meander through the tropical plantings and some stone benches to sit and admire the gardens. It is usually open to the public unless it has been hired for a wedding or other special event.

Location: Elysian Park, 1880 Academy Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012

9. Ernest E. Debs Regional Park


The park is unstaffed, but there is a lake, 100 picnic tables, 200 barbecue pits and lots of hiking trails to enjoy with stops to linger and enjoy the views. There is also an Audubon Centre, which is running programs.

Location: 4235 Monterey Road, Los Angeles, CA 90032

10. Peace awareness Labyrinth and Gardens

peace awareness

Visitors are welcome to visit the gardens and are encouraged to take a class. Get into tune with yourself as you wander the tranquil gardens set above LA. Meditate in the labyrinth or let the sounds of trickling water from the various water features soothe away your cares.

Location: 3500 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles

11. Union Station

union station

A garden with a cascading fountain built into the wall, garden space and benches at Union Station is unexpected. This is not the garden on the south side of the lobby – it’s the one on the north behind the Metro building. It is a quiet place to regroup your thoughts before hurling yourself into the madding crowds of LA.

Location: 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

12. Descanso Gardens


Now is the time to visit, most of the gardens are blooming – including five acres of roses. Visit the teahouse donated by the Japanese/American community with its traditional Japanese garden and enjoy the largest collection of camellias in North America, acknowledged worldwide for its excellence. The newest addition is the 180-plant cycad garden.

Location: 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

13. Japanese Garden – Lake Balboa


Six and half acres of plantings encourage meditation as you stroll along the “wet garden” area along paths that pass fountains, waterfalls, and lakes. There is a dry Zen garden incorporating Tortoise Island.

Location: 6100 Woodley Avenue, San Fernando Valley, CA 91406

14. Arlington Garden


This is Pasadena’s only public garden – there are lots of parks and company gardens but this is unique in layout with an orange grove replicating early groves in California. There are succulent and cactus gardens and an Italian olive avenue. It is a good example of water-wise gardening.

Location: 275 Arlington Drive, Pasadena, CA 91105

15. Self Realization Fellowship International Headquarters – Mt Washington

self realization

With is elevated position the garden provides good vistas across LA from its serene green lawns and low colorful plantings.

Location: 3880 San Rafael Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90065

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