Extension: Urban Gardens of Los Angeles
Extend your stay in Los Angeles to discover the city’s richest, most beautiful urban gardens. Explore these peaceful landscapes and learn their history from local experts.
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Program No. 22532RJ
4 days
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At a Glance

After experiencing the Rose Parade up close and with your own hands, extend your stay in Los Angeles to explore some of the lesser-known but equally magnificent gardens near the action of the Rose Parade festivities. Explore these serene and perfectly manicured gardens with experts to learn the compelling stories behind them. Learn how the landscape of Los Angeles was shaped by historic events and how the gardens flourished as the city developed.

Program Extension

To take this extension, enroll in this main program first.

Rose Parade®: A Heritage to Celebrate

Celebrate New Year’s Day at the Rose Parade in Pasadena, learning about the parade’s history, watching award-winning bands and helping decorate a signature Rose Parade float.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking and standing for extended periods of time.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore Descanso Gardens, a gorgeous 150-acre garden filled with brilliantly colored flowers and a fascinating history.
  • Learn from experts how the gardens of Los Angeles have evolved in response to historical events from the 1800’s to the modern day.
  • Visit the Getty Villa to witness its stunning fountains, shaded walkways and reflecting ponds, and walk amidst a garden of plants native to the ancient Mediterranean.

General Notes

This program may only be taken as an extension of "Rose Parade: A Heritage to Celebrate" (#10515).
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Nadine Bopp
Before retirement, Nadine taught sustainable architecture, urban planning, botany and environmental science courses at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College and DePaul University for 19 years. She has a master’s in Landscape Architecture and worked for the Chicago Park District, running the operations for 124 parks. As a lifelong environmentalist, she continues to broaden her knowledge by exploring drought-tolerant landscape design and water conservation and touring California’s landscape ecosystems. She enjoys teaching about the southern California’s gardens, architecture and botanical diversity.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Paul R. Spitzzeri
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