‘Enchanted,’ Descanso Gardens’ Breath Taking “Forest of Light,” Opens to Excited Crowds

Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge opens its spectacular, highly-anticipated “Enchanted: Forest of Light” to the public tonight. The magical interactive light experience is unlike anything else in Los Angeles.
“Enchanted” leads visitors on a one-mile walk through 10 distinct lighting displays in some of the most beloved areas of the Gardens. The colorful displays bathe the forest in dramatic lighted displays.

In some of the displays, visitors can actually interact with the exhibits, as in the Luminous Lawn’s Pool, where large circles of light change hues when you step on them and react to other visitors’ movements.
Two more of the exhibits are similarly interactive.

Rachel Young, Descanso Gardens’ Director of Horticulture and Garden Operations, tells the Los Angeles Times that staff worked with Lightswitch, a lighting and design company, to create the installations.

The displays were specially crafted for the collection of plants in the Gardens, taking advantage of the spaces and pathways that the public were already familiar with. The lights were also carefully placed so as not to disturb the plants’ habitats, Young says.

Near the garden’s railroad station, thousands of lighted tulips were placed in an area where real tulips will bloom in the spring.

“The grounds themselves are really featured in the displays,” Young tells the LA Times.

In Symphony of Oaks, visitors can take a personal look at the garden’s native oaks in an interactive display where footsteps could trigger the chiming of bells. The Japanese Garden becomes Garden of Fortune, featuring hundreds of red lanterns.

The tours will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tickets for “Enchanted” are $24 to $28. To purchase tickets, visit

Descanso’s new restaurant, Maple, will also open on extended hours for ticketed guests until January 8. For dinner reservations, call (818) 864-6435.