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9am-7pm daily

Oak Woodland

Landscape transformation

Heritage L.A. Basin landscape

Leisurely wander the Oak Woodland and experience its mix of woodland, meadow, and chaparral plants. Descanso’s 7-acre Oak Woodland recreates the heritage landscape of the Los Angeles Basin – a plant community that included grasses, perennials, shrubs, and, of course, oaks. The Oak Woodland is situated northwest of Descanso Gardens lake and connects the California Garden with access to the Rose Garden, the lake, and the bird observation area.

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Green waste dump reinvented

You’d never guess that the area now known as the Oak Woodland was planted with eucalyptus in the 1980s and used for green waste disposal until its renewal. The Woodland opened to the public in 2014,  thanks to many generous supporters.

Ongoing reinvention and discovery

In 2024, construction will begin in the Oak Woodland area for a Children’s Nature Discovery Garden, designed to teach kids about this important heritage landscape.

Did you know?

Descanso Gardens is located in a natural bowl surrounded by mountains, and encompasses 150 acres of both cultivated and wild lands with several microclimates throughout the landscape.