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 $9.5 million is funded by memberships, philanthropic gifts, fees and support from Los Angeles County.

Board of Trustees
  • Amy Lamb, Chair
  • Donald Voss, Vice Chair
  • Ann Murphy, Secretary
  • James Levin, Treasurer
  • Richard Atwater
  • John D’Angona
  • Jennifer Kuo Baxter
  • Georgianna B. Erskine
  • Laura Furey
  • Elizabeth Harrison Gleason
  • Lovell Holder
  • Katie King
  • Wendy Lees
  • Kay Linden
  • Ben Logan
  • Sandra Mays
  • Greg McLemore
  • Peggy Miller
  • Timothy Morphy
  • Rick Neumann
  • Blythe Haaga Parker
  • Ned Russell
  • Carin Salter
  • Bradley D. Schwartz
  • Juliann Rooke, (Ex Officio Trustee) Executive Director, Descanso Gardens


Financial Information

View 2017 Annual Report
View the 2017 Form 990
Financial Statements 2017


Our Senior Leadership

Juliann Rooke
Executive Director
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Jenina Garrett
Chief Financial Officer
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Somer Sherwood-White
Director of Advancement
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Rachel Young
Director of Horticulture
and Garden Operations
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Emi Yoshimura
Director of Education
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Cristeen Martinez
Director of Membership
and Guest Experience
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