About Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc.

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our mission

“Descanso Gardens is a unique Southern California landscape distinguished by its specialized botanic collections, historical significance, and rare natural beauty. Our mission is to practice exemplary stewardship of Descanso’s distinctive character and assets; offer people an experience close to nature; and cultivate understanding of the natural world and people’s place in it through inspiration, education and example.”

Governance

The Gardens are operated by the Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in a public-private partnership with Los Angeles County. The annual budget of $12 million is funded by memberships, philanthropic gifts, fees and support from Los Angeles County.

Board of Trustees
  • Ann Murphy, Chair
  • Jim Levin, Vice Chair
  • Jennifer Kuo Baxter, Secretary
  • Wendy Lees, Treasurer
  • Milene Apanian
  • Dr. Dimple Bhasin

  • John D’Angona

  • Laura Furey

  • Blythe Haaga Parker

  • Lovell Holder

  • Katie King

  • Kay Linden

  • Ben Logan

  • Sandra Mays

  • Greg McLemore

  • Peggy Miller

  • Patsy Pinney
  • Marie Queen
  • Ned Russell

  • Brad Schwartz

  • Linda Segal
  • Donald Voss

  • Clarissa Weirick

  • Juliann Rooke, (Ex Officio Trustee) Executive Director, Descanso Gardens

 

Financial Information

2020 Annual Report/ Audited Financial Statements
2019 Form 990
2019 Audited Financial Statements
2018 Annual Report
2018 Form 990
2018 Audited Financial Statements
2017 Annual Report

2017 Financial Statements 


Our Senior Leadership
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Juliann Rooke
Executive Director

Jenina Garrett
Chief Financial Officer

Somer Sherwood-White
Director of Advancement

David Bare
Director of Horticulture and Garden Operations

Emi Yoshimura
Director of Education

Cristeen Martinez
Director of Membership and Guest Experience