For those considering a Southern California wedding wanting a garden setting, look no further than Descanso Gardens, located in La Canada Flintridge, which is just north of Glendale and 20 minutes north of downtown LA.
Descanso Gardens is a 160-acre botanical museum with walking trails, ponds, and various different garden areas, such as the Rose Garden, California Natives and Lilac Garden. They offer indoor as well as outdoor facilities.
For outdoor weddings and receptions, you can choose numerous wedding and reception sites, including The Rose Garden Pavilion, located in the Rose Garden, which boasts more than 4,000 rose bushes. The Rose Garden Pavilion can accommodate up to 180 people. Also located in the Rose Garden is the Rose Garden Gazebo, with a capacity of 200 people. Other sites include the Japanese Garden, Feather Falls and the Magnolia Lawn.
Indoor facilities include the Boddy House, which can accommodate up to 60 people.
Catering for events at Descanso Gardens is provided by Patina Catering, which is the world-class catering service headed by Nick Valenti and master Chef Joachim Splichal. Having just visited Descanso Gardens and eaten at their cafe, which provides food by Patina, I can tell you the food is pretty good.
For more information on having your wedding at Descanso Gardens, go to their website at descansogardens.org.
Below is a photo of the Rose Garden Gazebo I shot during a recent visit.