Located 20 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, Descanso Gardens is a place of year-round natural beauty, with internationally renowned botanical collections and spectacular seasonal horticultural displays. Accredited by the American Association of Museums as a museum of living collections, Descanso Gardens welcomes 250,000 visitors annually. The principal collections include California native plants and oak woodlands; one of the largest concentration of camellia plants in the Western Hemisphere; a rose garden with specimens from all corners of the globe; and significant presentations of lilacs, maple trees, cherry trees and iris. It has been designated an International Camellia Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society. The Gardens are operated by the Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in a public-private partnership with Los Angeles County. The annual budget of $4 million is funded by memberships, philanthropic gifts, fees and support from Los Angeles County.
Descanso Gardens Guild is committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, political or religious affiliations, or any other characteristic protected by law (“Protected Status”). Descanso Gardens Guild also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities or persons with protected medical conditions, to the extent required by law.