A Smorgasbord of Roses—at The Huntington & Descanso Rose Festival

May 15, 2017

After we indulged in the scrumptious Afternoon Tea at The Huntington last week, we strolled around the rose garden. If roses are a perennial you enjoy, this year’s blooming is not to be missed. Just the various perfumes are remarkable—from intense licorice and floral to spicy, lemony and plum-like—let alone the colors, coloring, shapes and sizes. It’s a luscious experience.

The Huntington, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino 91108. Hours: Wednesday-Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $10-$25. Ph: 1.626.405.2100.

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Also on the “love me some roses” calendar should be the Descanso’s Rose Festival, May 20-21.

Tickets are available in advance with entry times specified. Find details here.

On the schedule of events (for both days) is a cello performance in the Rose Garden, floral art activities, the Rare Rose Discovery Station, and the return of floral artist Alison Franchi and make-up artist Jennifer Aspinall’s “Human Vase” Living Art project.

Descanso Rose Festival 2017
Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $9, general; $6, seniors & students; $4, ages 5-12
1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge 91011
For all details, visit


Photo source: Descanso Gardens.


Want to know more about roses and their scents? Jenny Morber has written a fascinating, in-depth article titled “To Smell a Rose” at





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