11. The Getty Villa
Long Beach, CA 90899
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.
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.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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.
Van Nuys, CA 91406
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.
Los Angeles, CA 90077
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.