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