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
  • Ann Murphy, Chair
  • Wendy Lees, Vice Chair
  • Kay Linden, Secretary
  • James Levin, Treasurer
  • Rich Atwater

  • John D’Angona

  • Georgianna B. Erskine

  • Laura Furey

  • Blythe Haaga Parker

  • Lovell Holder

  • Katie King

  • Jennifer Kuo Baxter

  • Amy Lamb

  • Ben Logan

  • Sandra Mays

  • Greg McLemore

  • Peggy Miller

  • Rick Neumann

  • Ned Russell

  • Carin Salter

  • Brad Schwartz

  • Donald Voss

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


Financial Information


View the 2018 Form 990
View 2017 Annual Report

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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David Bare
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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