Public Gardens

A little girl running in the beautiful Descanso Garden in Los Angeles, California.

Reimagining One of Los Angeles County's Most Popular Gardens

Learn more about the new Descanso Gardens Master Plan which is visionary, thoughtful, comprehensive, and visually stunning.

July 16, 2021 - Parks & Rec Business

Silk Floss Tree

The Importance of Botanical Gardens

During the COVID-19 pandemic, public gardens like the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden have become very popular destinations, serving as places of respite and recreation for a weary public.

February 23, 2021 - Zocalo Public Square

Los Angeles, California

Public Gardens as Places of Hope and Healing

Descanso Gardens in Los Angeles County offered the "Wishing Tree" for visitors to share their wishes and hopes for 2021. The public response was overwhelming, with over 10,000 notes hung on the tree in a matter of weeks.

January 17, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

Public Gardens Provide Refuge for California's Alienated Communities

Patricia Leigh Brown looks at the community gardens funded by the California Mental Health Services Act of 2004, which help to heal disadvantaged refugee communities less inclined to use formal mental health treatments.

May 29, 2013 - The New York Times

Thousands of Public Gardens for London 2012

Leading up to the 2012 Olympics, a group in London is taking advantage of stalled building projects to create 2,012 public gardens in the city before the sporting event.

August 20, 2011 - Inhabitat

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