Starring LA’s Beloved and Historic Public Garden, "Lost LA: Descanso Gardens" Premieres July 18 on KCET and Link TV


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New Documentary Explores How Descanso Gardens Reflects the Evolution of Los Angeles; Part of KCET’s ‘Summer of the Environment’ Initiative

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BURBANK, Calif.June 20, 2017KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, has announced a special summer addition to its history series LOST LA with LOST LA: DESCANSO GARDENS as part of its “Summer of the Environment” initiative. Descanso Gardens, located in La Cañada Flintridge just east of Los Angeles, is a 150-acre botanical garden that welcomes thousands of visitors annually. LOST LA: DESCANSO GARDENS is a documentary that not only explores the natural, year-round beauty of this urban retreat, but reveals its surprising history as one of Southern California's most beloved public gardens. LOST LA: DESCANSO GARDENS airs on Tues., July 18 at 8:30 p.m. on KCET in Southern California and airs on Thurs., July 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH network 9410). This special summer episode of LOST LA will encore on Sat., July 22 at 6 p.m. and Wed., July 26 at 8 p.m. on KCET.

At one time, this property belonged to newspaper magnate E. Manchester Boddy (1891-1967) who owned the Los Angeles Daily News. From its pre-colonial origins as an oak woodland to its contemporary role as a living museum, the film examines how the Descanso Gardens reflect the social, political, and cultural evolution of Los Angeles.

The LOST LA series is a co-production of KCETLink and the USC Libraries with L.A. As Subject. It brings Southern California history to life by marrying archival materials with innovative forms of documentary storytelling. Hosted by historian Nathan Masters, each episode of LOST LA brings the primary sources of Los Angeles history to the screen in surprising new ways. Much of L.A.’s past is lost to history – but we can rediscover it in the region’s archives.

For more information about LOST LA: DESCANSO GARDENS and to watch the episode online, visit kcet.org/descansogardens or linktv.org/descansogardens.

Summer of the Environment” is a three-month initiative (June-August) on KCET and Link TV offering audiences a robust library of content on multiple platforms intended to ignite compassion and action for helping to save and heal the planet.

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KCETLink Media Group is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org. Select programming from KCET and Link TV is also available for streaming on Hulu, Apple TV, and Roku platforms.


The USC Libraries actively support the discovery, creation, and preservation of knowledge at the University of Southern California and beyond. The libraries serve as host institution for L.A. As Subject, an association of more than 230 libraries, cultural institutions, official archives, and private collectors dedicated to preserving and telling the sometimes-hidden histories of the Los Angeles region.

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