Descanso Gardens

Sunday, March 23, 2008

One of my favorite memories from thirty-six years ago, during the summer Vicki and I were courting, was some time spent at Descanso Gardens, in La Cañada, California. Vicki remembers going there once, and her strongest image is of sitting on a bench under an arbor that had a vine growing over it. I think we went two or three times, and the image I hold dear is sitting on a thick bed of leaves in the middle of a Camellia forest. Now that Mataikhan lives just up the street, we’ve wanted to go by again and see it. We picked a perfect afternoon.<

 
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The Camellias were in full bloom, but so were the Daffodils, and Tulips,
 
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And Lilacs.
 
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Oh, and Camellias,
 
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And Bird of Paradise,
 
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And Bromeliads,
 
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And Lilies,
 
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And did I mention Camellias?
 
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We also enjoyed the Japanese Gardens,
 
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And a variety of ponds, fountains and waterways.
 
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And have I mentioned the Camellia forests?
 
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Thirty-six years later, it all just keeps getting better and better.
 
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Posted by Brian at 4:59 PM  

7 comments:

Soooooo pretty! I'm jealous!!!

caedmonstia said...
March 23, 2008 at 6:31 PM  

Beautiful blog! I'm new to blogging, just started because of the ACFW course. My parents live in La Canada, right above Descanso Gardens. I'm there every weekend as they are of an age where they need 24 hour help? supervision? care? Anyway, loved your blog

Janice Cantore said...
March 25, 2008 at 2:18 PM  

Thank you Janice. I've blogged for a while, but I'm new to ACFW. I hope your parents are still up to visits to Descanso Gardens. If I lived in the area, I'll buy an annual pass, and take a walk there several times a week.

Brian said...
March 25, 2008 at 2:50 PM  

My parents have an annual pass- my mom gets it for her birthday every year- and we usually go when we are out there visiting. In fact, my parents live so close that you have to stop by and visit them next time you are there. My sister is right there, too. But I'm in Dallas. Guess who?

Lomagirl said...
April 4, 2008 at 2:05 PM  

I'm guessing lomagirl is . . . Cynthia M!
Good to hear from you. I've meant to visit your folks each of the last couple of times we've visited Mataikhan, but we spend the whole weekend rushing to try and see the four of our five who are in So. Cal. At Easter, I even wondered if you might be there. When will you next be out?

Brian said...
April 4, 2008 at 2:20 PM  

Lovely, gorgeous pictures.

Nicole said...
April 5, 2008 at 7:05 PM  

Beautiful pictures! Looks like a great place to wander around.
xxoo Claire

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