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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Paul R. Spitzzeri
A California historian and author of numerous works on such topics as railroad development and regulation, overland emigration, and criminal justice, Paul R. Spitzzeri received his bachelor’s and master’s in history from California State University, Fullerton. He is Museum Director of the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum near Los Angeles and an Award of Merit recipient from the American Association for State and Local History for his biography of the Workman and Temple families.

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

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