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The Secret Gardens of Los Angeles

June 12, 2015 • By

“The point of a maze is to find its center. The point of a labyrinth is to find your center.” – Author Unknown

Who knew that amid the every day hustle and bustle of Los Angeles there are a number of relatively secret oases of peace and tranquility? These “meditation gardens” can be a retreat from the sometimes over-whelming pressures of every day life. A place to enjoy the calm of surrounding nature and an opportunity to renew oneself, both physically and spiritually.

One such place is the Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens located on West Adams Boulevard in the heart of L.A., just minutes from the bustle of downtown. The property has a colorful history. Once home to the largest wine merchant in the world, Secundo Gusti, the house was sold to famous Hollywood director, Busby Berkeley, who entertained lavishly in the ornate mansion and gardens. Today, it’s listed as a Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Monument, and serves as headquarters for MSIA, a non-denominational, ecumenical church and study center.

Most impressive is the beautiful labyrinth modeled after the one in the Chartres Cathedral in France. Created of hand-cut marble, its undulating paths invite visitors to walk the four quadrants as if on a “personal journey.” One thing for sure, once you’ve walked a labyrinth, you’ll likely want to do it again.



If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, here are some local gardens we think you’ll enjoy.

1. Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens

2. Self Realization Lake Shrine

3. The Japanese Garden

4. The James Irvine Japanese Garden

5. The Garden of Oz: A Mosaic Trip to the Emerald City

6. Descanso Gardens

7. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

8. The Huntington Library and Gardens