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After-hours and daytime events with programs designed to connect garden visitors of all ages to nature. Join us for festivals, immersive installations, music, workshops, tours, and more.

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Cultivate: The Stories Plants Tell

June 21 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Included with admission or membership

Surround yourself with other nature-lovers at Cultivate, a monthly event that brings together music, dancing, refreshments, and engaging experiences in nature that will connect you more deeply to the world around you. 

Wander the grounds at your own pace, with new activities around every corner. The event is free with admission, so come celebrate summer at Cultivate!

Free with admission or membership, no reservations required.


Dyes and Design with Jenny and Audrey 

  • Join Descanso’s own gardeners to learn about how to make dyes out of plants, observe a demonstration, and dye your own project!
  • Location: Minka in the Japanese Garden
  • Time: 4:30–7pm

Descanso’s Camellias and Beyond

  • Hear firsthand the stories about Descanso’s plants, and the ripple effect of the stories plants tell in this panel conversation among Autumn Ayers, our Garden Records and Collections Manager, Wendy Cheng, historian and professor, Mary Swanton, third-generation co-owner of San Gabriel Nursery & Florist, and Mary Uyematsu Kao, writer and granddaughter of F.M. Uyematsu, whose camellias continue to make Descanso shine. The panel will be moderated by Edgar Award-winning author Naomi Hirahara.
  • Location: Amphitheater 
  • Time: 5–6:30pm

Compton Health Bar

  • dani solorio (she/they) is a community herbalist and the founder of Compton Heath Bar, a holistic herbal medicine store where herbal medicine is mindfully made and offered to the community. dani will be leading herbal medicine tea demos highlighting herbs and flowers currently in season that we can collaborate with to support our respiratory health, as we go over basic traditional folk herbalism principles when putting together and consuming a medicinal tea blend.
  • Location: Promenade
  • Time: 4:30–7pm

Flashdance DJs

  • Have a drink in the Rose Garden bar and enjoy a mix of classic hits and contemporary songs by our popular guest DJs
  • Location: Rose Pavilion in the Rose Garden
  • Time: 4:30–7pm

Hands-on Activity: Leaf Rubbings 

  • Create colorful crayon rubbings using different natural materials from the gardens!
  • Location: Main Lawn
  • Time: 4:30–7pm



June 21
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Included with admission or membership
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