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Descanso Gardens

Los Angeles, California: A beautiful sunny day in Los Angeles! We spent a great part of the day at the Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge.

The park was once privately owned by LA Daily News publisher, E. Manchester Boddy. Boddy built a 22-room mansion on the site in 1937 for his family and ran a huge camellia nursery on the 150-acre property.

In 1953 the Boddy family granted the land to Los Angeles County and now the park is open to the public for an $8 fee. Miles of walking paths meander through rose gardens, a Japanese garden, streams and ponds and several venues appropriate for weddings. The Descanso Garden also features a 1/8-scale train!

Descanso Gardens is just the place for a toddler with boundless energy. (Bring an extra set of clothes, as there are numerous water-hazards, trees, critters and ponds to maneuver.)

Big Day coming up tomorrow for Lenny (and DT).

With such a large green space surrounded by a huge metro area, the garden is an attractive address for wildlife. We saw a family of geese and many birds, tons of bees (!), ducks, fish and a very friendly lizard.

Lisa and Lenny rode on the "Enchanted Railroad" with Leo, while the grandparents waited (cameras ready).

DT waving to Leo before the train left the "station"

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