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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: Water/Ways

August 23 @ 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. 

Cultivate: Water/Ways invites guests to explore the relationship between people and California’s water environments. This event is free with admission, so bring a friend and celebrate summer at Descanso Gardens’ Cultivate!

Free with admission or membership, no reservations required.


Friends of the LA River

  • Meet with the FoLAR team to learn about the Los Angeles River, its verdant ecosystem, and its place in Southern California history, culture, and environment.
  • Location: Main Lawn

Theodore Payne Foundation

Descanso’s Waterwise Future

  • Learn about Descanso Gardens’ master plan and the future of water at Descanso. Meet Development team members as they showcase plans for revitalizing the lake, creating habitats for nesting birds, capturing water from the creek, and creating a water-capture system.
  • Location: Japanese Garden

Bioswale Walk and Talk 

  • Talk with Descanso Gardens’ horticulture staff about the special features of our bioswale (a vegetated ditch designed to capture and filter stormwater), including how and why it was built, and what we chose to plant there.
  • Location: Meets at Center Circle

Flashdance DJs

  • Dance and enjoy a mix of classic hits and contemporary songs by our popular guest DJs.
  • Location: Rose Garden

Hands-on Activity: Sun prints

  • Create a beautiful nature-inspired sun print using cuttings from the gardens.
  • Location: Main Lawn


August 23
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Included with admission or membership
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