Descanso Gardens, previously closed to do Covid, has recently reopened. You may need an appointment now to visit but it’s definitely worth seeing. Located at 1418 Descanso Drive in La Canada Flintridge, Descanso Gardens was deeded to Los Angeles County by its original owner Manchester Boddy. The extensive and renowned camellia collection was acquired from two Japanese nursery owners who sold their inventory to Boddy because they were about to be interned to a Japanese prison camp at the outset of WW II.The original Boddy mansion is located in the south east corner of the 150 acre now public park.Mr. Boddy was a rags to riches entrepreneur who was the owner of the Los Angeles News and who ran for and lost in his effort to win the seat in the US Senate which was eventually won by Richard Nixon. Mr. Boddy’s interests included flowers and horticulture in general and the fruits of those interests are preserved and displayed in the Gardens which are now open and available to the public.
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