Seed Collecting Basics @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Come learn about seed collection and treatments from our own plant propagation horticulturist, Frank Obregon. This class will prepare you to collect seeds and plant your own beautiful spring garden.

$25 members; $30 non-members. Meets in the Harvest Garden. Includes materials. Advance registration required, register here.

Please note that this program is non-refundable.

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.

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 by Saturday, February 4. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.