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Feb
4
Sat
Camellia Collection Tours @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a walking tour from 11am–12pm on February 4 to learn about Descanso’s historic camellia collections, plus little-known stories behind many of the camellias currently in bloom.

Included in the price of admission or with membership. Tour meets in the Visitor Center courtyard.

Poetry Reading @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Poets from around the Los Angeles area will come together to share poems about nature, remembrance, connection and renewal. The poetry meeting will be moderated by author and historian Naomi Hirahara, and will feature poets Traci Kato-Kiriyama, Ramon Garcia, Mike Sonksen, Pam Ward, and Elena Karina Byrne.

Free with admission, no advance registration required.


The Camellia Connection: Our Rebirth of Wonder

Celebrate camellias and poetry throughout the month of February at Descanso Gardens.

Camellias can bloom in our coldest and darkest winter season. These brilliant flowers, native to Asia, contain stories of resilience, hope, loss and ingenuity. Descanso supports one of the largest collections of camellias in North America, with more than 3,500 known and recorded plants, representing over 600 varieties.

In collaboration with accomplished poets Amy Uyematsu and Peter Levitt, Descanso is pleased to offer a series of programs that invite exploration, reflection, and participation.

Feb
5
Sun
Museums Free-for-All @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Descanso Gardens opens its doors for Museums Free-for-All on Sunday, February 5. Advance tickets required, get your tickets here.

Feb
11
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 11 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Get hands-on gardening experience by mulching in the garden and help care for Descanso at this volunteer opportunity. Instruction will be provided.
 
· All experience levels welcome
· Ages 16 or older
· Must be able to lift, bend and stand for long periods of time. Moderate to heavy lifting involved
· Please bring gardening gloves, water, and wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes
· Limited space available, RSVP required
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Saturday, February 4. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Haiku Walk & Workshop @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Led by haiku poet Debbie Kolodji, this workshop will include time to walk in the garden and be inspired by the camellias and instruction on writing the traditional Japanese three-line poem.

Free with admission, no advance registration required.


The Camellia Connection: Our Rebirth of Wonder

Celebrate camellias and poetry throughout the month of February at Descanso Gardens.

Camellias can bloom in our coldest and darkest winter season. These brilliant flowers, native to Asia, contain stories of resilience, hope, loss and ingenuity. Descanso supports one of the largest collections of camellias in North America, with more than 3,500 known and recorded plants, representing over 600 varieties.

In collaboration with accomplished poets Amy Uyematsu and Peter Levitt, Descanso is pleased to offer a series of programs that invite exploration, reflection, and participation.

Feb
18
Sat
SHIKI Curator Gallery Tours @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am

Join curator Meher McArthur as she gives a gallery tour of the upcoming exhibit SHIKI: The Four Seasons in Japanese Art. Meets at the Sturt Haaga Gallery on February 18 at 11am and 1pm.

No registration required, free with admission.


Top image:
Tale of Genji: Murasaki and Genji Enjoying the Snow
By Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Japan, c. 1854
Full-color woodblock print (14 1/4 in. x 29 5/8 in.)
Courtesy of Scripps College, Claremont, CA

 

SHIKI Curator Gallery Tours @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 18 @ 1:00 pm

Join curator Meher McArthur as she gives a gallery tour of the upcoming exhibit SHIKI: The Four Seasons in Japanese Art. Meets at the Sturt Haaga Gallery on February 18 at 11am and 1pm.

No registration required, free with admission.


Top image:
Tale of Genji: Murasaki and Genji Enjoying the Snow
By Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Japan, c. 1854
Full-color woodblock print (14 1/4 in. x 29 5/8 in.)
Courtesy of Scripps College, Claremont, CA

 

Feb
24
Fri
Little Explorers @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come explore, play and create with us under the oaks on the Main Lawn. 

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 or membership.

Feb
25
Sat
Student Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Get hands-on gardening experience by mulching in the garden, help clean up Descanso, and get service hours for school at this student volunteer opportunity. Instruction will be provided.
 
· All experience levels are welcome.
· For ages 12–18. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
· Bring gardening gloves and water.
· Remember to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes.
· Limited space available, RSVP required
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Saturday, February 18. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Camellia Society Tour @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 25 @ 3:00 pm

Join Dr. Brad King (President of Southern California Camellia Society) and Jim Fitzpatrick (Vice President of Southern California Camellia Society) on a tour of the Camellia Forest.

Before or after the walk, you are welcome to visit the Southern California Camellia Council show in the Rose Pavilion from 9am–4:30pm.