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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
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 Flower Arranging Demo @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm

George Harrison, President of Pacific Camellia Society, will lead a flower arranging demonstration featuring camellias.

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

 

 

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.

 

Mar
3
Fri
Sketching on Location @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Click here for the Saturday series

Registration opens February 15

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Join artist Virginia Hein for a four-week series beginning Friday, March 3 that focuses on exploring sketching landscapes of Descanso. Bring a spirit of curiosity, play and experimentation while learning to work confidently.

Meets in Minka in the Japanese Garden. $120 members, $140 non-members.

Image: © Virginia Hein

Mar
4
Sat
Sketching on Location @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Registration opens February 15

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Join artist Virginia Hein for a four-week series beginning Friday, March 3 that focuses on exploring sketching landscapes of Descanso. Bring a spirit of curiosity, play and experimentation while learning to work confidently.

Meets in Minka in the Japanese Garden. $120 members, $140 non-members.

Image: © Virginia Hein

Mar
11
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 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.
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  • All experience levels are welcome.

  • Ages 16 or older.

  • Must be able to lift, bend and stand for long periods of time. Moderate to heavy lifting involved.

  • 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, March 4, 2023. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.

Horticulture Class: Planting the Spring Garden
Mar 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Registration opens on Feb. 15 at 10am

Get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into our spring blooms at Descanso Gardens. Then create your own spring-inspired display pot to take home. 

All materials are included in the price. Students are welcome to bring their own gardening gloves. Class takes place outdoors.

$30 members, $35 non-members. Advance registration required, registration opens on Feb. 15 at 10am.