Indulge in a feast for the senses at this historic rose garden, situated behind the California Science Center.
Gazing upon its rows of roses, one would never imagine that it was once the site of a notorious amusement park in the 19th century – replete with brothels, bookies and the world’s longest outdoor bar.
In 1913, the park of ill-repute was razed and in its place a museum and a state armory were raised, alongside a 7-acre sunken garden bursting with wildflowers from all corners of the state.
Fourteen years later, the garden was replanted as a rose garden, the largest in the nation at the time. Since then, it has played host to two Summer Olympics, generations of teen-aged lovebirds and countless wedding ceremonies.
Today, the garden is a scented oasis of 15,000 rose bushes across 145 varieties. It is in bloom March thru November; and especially fragrant in March and April.
The garden is closed for pruning Jan 1-Mar 15
It is unlawful to pick the flowers. Jogging, skateboards, bicycles and animals (except guide dogs) are also prohibited.
Metro Rail: Expo Park / USC (Expo line), plus 2 block walk