“Try to pause each day and take a walk to view nature.” Lailah Gitty Akita
Descanso Gardens is a wonderful public garden, located in La Canada Flintridge, California. It covers 150 acres and offers a wide variety of flowers and trees, several nature trails, and even some lakes and ponds that offer bird-watching opportunities.
This delightful place is not far from where I grew up—and only a couple hours from where I now live. We did not visit here much when I was a kid, but I have fond memories of visiting with my parents when I was an adult. Dad and I took photographs while Mom enjoyed the flowers, especially the lilacs. The garden offers great displays of some of my favorite flowers, including lilacs, camellias and tulips.
My recent visit was in early June, so my favorite flowers were not in bloom. But there was lots to appreciate as I wandered the grounds. Birds, butterflies, squirrels and even a lizard were enjoying the garden as well, but most refused to pose for photographs.
Now that I have my little travel scooter, I will be able to visit Descanso Gardens much more often, seeing what every season has to offer. If you have not visited, add this garden to your to-do list. You will love it!
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QUOTES ABOUT GARDENS
“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in—what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” Victor Hugo
“The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden.” Thomas More
“When you increase the number of gardens, you increase the number of heavens too!” Mehmet Murat ildan
“Love without happiness is like a garden without flowers. I don’t believe in it.” Marty Rubin
“Gardens and chocolate both have mystical qualities.” Edward Flaherty
“Gardens are poems where you stroll with your hands in your pockets.” Pierre Albert-Birot
“The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.” George Bernard Shaw
“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.” Rumi
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Cicero
“Give me odorous at sunrise, a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.” Walt Whitman
“The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world.” Vita Sackville-West
“I was just sittin’ here enjoyin’ the company. Plants got a lot to say, if you take the time to listen.” Eeyore