Take a Photo Tour of Descanso Gardens’ Beautiful New Oak Woodland

The Oak Woodland recreates the landscape of L.A. from centuries ago


Descanso Gardens is about to get a little bit leafier.This past Saturday the La Cañada Flintridgepreserve opened the Oak Woodland, an area that has been closed to the public for three decades. The woodsy 7.7-acre swath of land is Descanso’s first addition in 30 years, and it presents oak trees and native plants that recall the look of the Los Angeles Basin centuries ago.

Situated between the Rose Garden and the California Natives Garden the area includes paths that wind through a mix of blue-eyed grass and California lilac.

The goal of the project, which took 18 months to landscape, is to save more oak trees.

“There is little habitat for the Oak trees,” said Rachel Young, the director of horticulture and garden operations at Descanso. “The Gardens what to have a place to assure native plants.”

Besides the large oak trees that have been living on the 160-acre premises for many years, more than 3,000 other native species, including the wonderfully named Sticky Monkey Flowers, have been planted to rebuild the landscape.