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.”


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
2020 Form 990
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

Juliann Rooke
Executive Director

David Stork
Chief Operations Officer

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