The second day of our road trip we were still in California, and we spent the morning at Descanso Botanical Gardens. Another early start for us jet-lagged brits, and it was already hot! We thought that the weather was hot all the time in California, but people kept telling us that we were having great weather.

Japanese Garden

We didn’t really know what to expect from Descanso Gardens, but we had already seen pictures of their Japanese Garden online. When we were there, we saw the beautiful cherry tree was in blossom. They also had Magnolia and lilac trees. Isabel (12) enjoys taking photos for her instagram account, and she got some great shots of the flowers. I love her talent for photography.

On some level Descanso reminded me of visiting an English garden, which we see a lot of back home. They have an English garden with roses and tulips, but as you walk up the hill it becomes more rocky and desert-like, with cacti which impressed the boys.

We stopped at the fountain at the bottom of the hill near the Rose Garden. As Max (5) was staring into the fountain, there was a kind man sitting nearby who gave him a quarter to make a wish. Max threw it into the fountain and wished for an ice cream. We love how accommodating and generous the American people are. We experienced many random acts of kindness from strangers on our road trip.

Enchanted Railroad

Max loves trains so we took him on the “Enchanted Railroad”, on a 1/8th-scale replica of a diesel train. Sam (10 months) was able to go on it too, as long as the baby can sit on the bench then it’s fine so I propped him up and held him in front of me. He kept trying to grab George who was sitting in front. The train drives a small section of the garden in a loop. It doesn’t run every day so you would have to check their run times on their website.

After the train ride we found the small hedge maze, and we let Sam out of the pushchair to do a little exploring of his own as the older kids ran around the maze playing “tag”. Sam is enjoying the sunshine, I don’t think he remembers the sun – he was only teeny tiny the last time it was hot! He still isn’t walking so he just stood there and squealed with excitement that he was out the pushchair.

There is more to explore at Descanso Gardens, including an art gallery and a house but we didn’t want to take the children in there. We were enjoying the sunny weather too much!

I would love to hear what you think about Descanso Botanical Gardens.

Clare xx

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