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The Most Beautiful Public Gardens in Los Angeles

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11. The Getty Villa

Outer Peristyle from the Balcony
Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 440-7300

About 300 plant varieties were used to landscape the grounds of the Getty Villa in Malibu. Other features include a reflecting pool, fountains and sculptures.
Getty Villa Photo Tour

12. Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at CSULB

1250 N Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90899
(562) 985-8885

The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is a 1.3 acre oasis hidden away on the campus of California State University Long Beach. Admission is free. Check the website for open hours.

13. Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden

1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

The Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden is a volunteer-run 2/3 acre Garden focusing on California native plants in Polliwog Park on Peck Avenue, just north of Manhattan Beach Blvd. Open free to the public daily, 8:00 am until sundown.

14. Virginia Robinson Gardens

1008 Elden Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 276-5367

The Virginia Robinson Gardens are six acres of tropical gardens on the grounds of the former Robinson estate in Beverly Hills. The gardens and home may be viewed Tuesday through Friday by appointment only.

15. The Japanese Garden - Suiho En

6100 Woodley Ave
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 756-8166

The Japanese Garden - Suiho En, the garden of water and fragrance, is a traditional 6.5 acre Japanese garden in Van Nuys with all the meditative elements, used as a tool to teach visitors about water reclamation. The garden includes a tea room and tea ceremony garden. Docent-led tours by reservation or explore on your own.

16. UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden

10619 Bellagio Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90077
(310) 794-0320

This Kyoto-inspired garden is located in Bel Air about a mile from the UCLA campus. Many of the structures were built in Japan and transported to LA. Self and docent-guided tours are free. Reservations are required.

17. James Irvine Japanese Garden

244 S San Pedro St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

This secret Japanese garden is an urban oasis located in the sub-ground level of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) in LA's Little Tokyo district in Downtown Los Angeles.

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