All visitors who aren’t members must buy a general admission ticket.

9am-7pm daily

Descanso Events

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.

Descanso Railroad Members’ Week

Exclusively for Descanso Gardens members Model trains will be running from 8:30am–6:30pm Train rides are from 9:30am–4pm (limited number of tickets available for purchase) Members will have exclusive access to the new Descanso Railroad from July 6–12. Enjoy model trains traveling through landscapes and depots made of natural materials (many from Descanso Gardens). Explore the new station where you […]

Included with Descanso Gardens membership
Event Series Little Explorers

Little Explorers

Come explore, play and create with us at Descanso Gardens! Families with young children (age 2-5 years old) will enjoy doing arts and crafts and nature exploration together each month. No registration required, free with admission.

Included with admission or membership

HWAJODO Exhibition

Drawing from centuries-old traditions, HWAJODO: Flowers and Birds in Korean American Art explores the enduring themes of nature, particularly flowers and birds, that have been a focal point in Korean art. This exhibition uniquely combines traditional representations of flowers and birds with contemporary artists' abstract and stylized interpretations, reflecting a bridge between the past and present, […]

Included with admission or membership
Event Series Inspired by Edo

Inspired by Edo Exhibition

Edo was a remarkable period in Japanese history (1603-1868) when artists broke from tradition and experimented with asymmetry, abstraction, stylization, and empty space to depict the natural world. These artists set the stage for modern art through their innovative, open-hearted depictions. Inspired by Edo 2024 is a national art competition based on the Smithsonian’s Investigating […]

Included with admission or membership

Inspired by Edo Public Workshop

Make your own art piece and learn more about the Japanese Edo period on Saturday, July 6 at the Boddy House. Participants will explore the Inspired by Edo national student art competition alongside the people who designed it. This workshop includes information about Edo era art depicting nature, an in-depth look at the competition finalists, […]

Included with admission or membership