[Bus Trip] Descanso Gardens & Storrier Stearns Japanese Gardens


The Desert Horticultural Society is happy to announce tours arranged by Adult Customized Tours (ACT), a local leader of affordable travel here in the Palm Springs area. To sign up for any of these tours you will need to call ACT and reserve your spot. ACT (888) 605-8280, (760) 322-1247 www.ACT-tours.com

What can you expect on these bus trips? We will travel by Luxury Motor coach, with a morning water and snack provided. You will need to bring a picnic lunch unless otherwise stated in the notice, and any snack or water for your return trip. All tours are self guided, unless otherwise noted. Bus pick-ups are throughout the valley and you'll be asked about this when you reserve your spot with ACT. They'll provide the time you need to be at the stop as well.

Destination: Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens is an urban retreat of year-round beauty, internally renowned botanical collections and spectacular seasonal horticultural displays. The 150 acre complex is located in La Canada Flintridge, La County. Hidden in the heart of Pasadena for decades, the once private Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden underwent a historic restoration and is now a place of special beauty.

There is food available at Descanso, but you can also bring snacks and food, or picnic lunch.

DESCANSO CAFÉ Descanso Café, operated by Chef Joachim Splichal’s Patina Restaurant Group, provides a casual outdoor dining option during your visit to Descanso Gardens. Located near the Gardens entrance, the Café showcases the season’s best fruit, vegetables and herbs from local farms and gardens, including our own “Nature’s Table” at Descanso Gardens. We offer a gourmet selection of fresh salads, sandwiches, homemade desserts, ice cream, beer and wine. Seating is available on the adjacent outdoor patio. Descanso Café is open daily (except Christmas) from 8am to 4pm. Descanso members enjoy a discount on their purchase. For more information, please call (818) 790-3663.

Destination: Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is a beautiful and charming retreat with a quiet and tranquil elegance. As Kendall Brown states in his book, California Japanese-style Gardens, “this is the genius of Kinzuchi Fujii: this was once a flat area of two tennis courts; now it is a masterwork.” In addition to the authentic teahouse, the garden landscape offers a variety of other beautiful details. In its grand size of nearly two acres, the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden contains many of the much admired design features found in the most lavish of Japanese-style gardens of its era.
  • Four original bridges plus a traditional cedar log waiting house
  • Two large interconnected, irregularly shaped ponds
  • 25-foot hill with cascading waterfall
  • Winding dry riverbed shaded by spreading sycamores & old oaks
  • Many tons of rocks & stones
  • Granite statuary & stone lanterns
  • Various gathering points & vistas
To sign up for this tour you will need to call ACT and reserve your spot. ACT (888) 605-8280, (760) 322-1247 www.ACT-tours.com