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Descanso Gardens
"Lost L.A.: Descanso Gardens" explores the history of one of Southern California's most beloved public gardens. From its pre-colonial origins as an oak woodland to its contemporary role as a living museum, the film examines how the Descanso Gardens reflects the social, political, and cultural evolution of Los Angeles.

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Descanso Gardens' Old Verdugo, an ancient oak that doubled as a survey marker
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These Boundary Trees Are Remnants of California's Lost Mexican-Era Ranchos

Ancient oaks and sycamores marked the boundaries of many Mexican-era rancho land grants.
Latino gardeners
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How Migration Shaped Southern California's Gardens

The Los Angeles region's gardens can be seen as both sites of privilege and migration projects.
Palm trees on Figueroa Street south of 16th Street circa 1890. Courtesy of the Title Insurance and Trust / C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, USC Libraries.
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Water, Native Plants, and Southern California's Long History of Unsustainable Gardening

Nowhere else in the country have imported flora so overpowered the native.
F.M. Uyematsu, Star Nursery proprietor
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The Flower That Links Descanso Gardens to the Manzanar Concentration Camp

Descanso Gardens acquired its prize collection of Camellias during World War II from incarcerated Japanese-American growers.
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A Guide to Five Hidden Treasures at Descanso Gardens

Five of the best ways to experience Rancho del Descanso beyond its horticultural delights.
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