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Descanso Gardens Reopens Today With Timed Entry

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The flowers are blooming at Descanso Gardens and, for the first time in weeks, you can enjoy them in person. It's a whole new world out there.

Executive director Juliann Rooke says the biggest coronavirus change is at the botanical garden’s parking area and entrance, where temporary kisoks have been installed for visitors to social distance while waiting to have their tickets scanned for admission.

Important to note: you can’t just show up to the gardens (unless you're a member) -- tickets must be purchased in advance. A limited number of visitors will be allowed in every 30 minutes.

Rooke says face coverings are required to enter Descanso. And there is no sit-down food service, only drinks and snacks to-go. She added that they're being conservative in how many visitors are allowed in the first week of reopening, and may add more ticket availability if all goes well.

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May blooms include roses, azaleas, camellias, irises and various California wildflowers.

May 16 and 17 are already sold out, but Monday the 18th is currently available. Tickets are released weekly on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. on the garden's website. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids.

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