You’ve probably been to at least one of the gorgeous botanical gardens that L.A. has to offer, whether we’re talking about the biggies like the L.A. Arboretum and the Huntington Library or more intimate spaces like the Earl Burns Japanese Garden on the campus of Cal State Long Beach (there’s lots of gardens on our handy list of free museum days)
But one you probably haven’t been to? The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena.
Built all the way back in late 1930’s, Storrier Stearns is the only intact example of a major Japanese-style garden created before World War II for a residence in Southern California.
It’s also been hidden from public view for the past view decades.
Although the garden was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005, it was really only seen by visitors during the off wedding rental or special event.
Of course all that has changed starting today, with public entry to the garden now available every Thursday along with one special Sunday every month.
The gardens’ original teahouse, conceived by Japanese landscape designer and craftsman Kinzuchi Fujiiburned, actually burned down in 1981, but has since been faithfully rebuilt and restored according to Kinzuchi’s original drawings, photographs and architectural plans.
Encompassing roughly 2 acres, the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden features a pair of ponds, four bridges and and 25′ hill with a cascading waterfall.
Sound like it’s worth a visit?
Admission is $7.50 if you reserve your tickets online, or $10 cash/check at the door.
Visiting hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm on designated days.
Children 18 and under are free.
The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is located at 270 Arlington Dr, Pasadena, CA 91105.
For more information visit www.japanesegardenpasadena.com.