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May
28
Sun
Member Bird Walk @ Descanso Gardens
May 28 @ 8:00 am

Come join our monthly walk for birders of all levels. Bring binoculars!

Keep your bird count tallied on the updated and now downloadable Descanso Bird Checklist.

No reservations required.

MEMBERS ONLY

May
30
Tue
Wild Sighting by Leslie K. Gray @ Descanso Gardens
May 30 @ 9:00 am

Keep your eyes open on the path leading up to the Boddy House and you may just find eyes staring back at you! These are part of the Wild Sighting installation by artist Leslie K. Gray on display May 30–October 1.

Free with admission, no reservations required.


About Leslie K. Gray

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Leslie K. Gray is a visual artist and theater designer whose work has been seen locally at the Skirball Museum, Highways Performance Space, and others as well as in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Montevideo, Uruguay.

She designed and directed the “Dragons 101” puppet show for Descanso’s Night Garden event of 2020 and the colorful butterflies in Descanso’s Rose Garden in 2021.

For more of her work, visit Haikupenguin.com.

 

Jun
1
Thu
{SOLD OUT} Quick Location Sketching @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Please note that this class is sold out

Join artist Virginia Hein for a sketch walk through the gardens on Thursday, June 1 from 5–6:30pm. This class is designed as an introduction to quick location sketching and each participant is given a small panorama sketchbook and waterproof pen (included in class price). Bring a spirit of curiosity, play and experimentation.

$40 for members/$45 for non-members, materials are included. Advance registration required.

Image: © Virginia Hein

Jun
3
Sat
Curator Tour of Living in a Wildlife Corridor @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 3 @ 11:00 am

Join us for a curator-led tour of the new interactive exhibit Living in a Wildlife Corridor. Meets at 11am and 1pm on Saturday, June 3 at the Boddy House.

Included in the price of admission, no reservations required.

Living in a Wildlife Corridor is open June 3–October 1 at the Boddy House.


About Living in a Wildlife Corridor

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Take a journey through the extensive network of wildlife corridors in Northern Los Angeles in
Living in a Wildlife Corridor, an interactive exhibit created by the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy being hosted in Descanso Gardens’ Boddy House, June 3–October 1, 2023.

Discover how these corridors connect islands of open space and how you can help protect and enhance them. Through the lens of talented wildlife photographers and camera trappers, via the paintbrushes and canvasses of local artists, and through the stories and wisdom of the Tongva people who have stewarded this land for millennia, you’ll see our wild surroundings from an entirely new perspective.

Image: Mother of Lions © Robert Martinez, courtesy of Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy

Curator Tour of Living in a Wildlife Corridor @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm

Join us for a curator-led tour of the new interactive exhibit Living in a Wildlife Corridor. Meets at 11am and 1pm on Saturday, June 3 at the Boddy House.

Included in the price of admission, no reservations required.

Living in a Wildlife Corridor is open June 3–October 1 at the Boddy House.


About Living in a Wildlife Corridor

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Take a journey through the extensive network of wildlife corridors in Northern Los Angeles in
Living in a Wildlife Corridor, an interactive exhibit created by the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy being hosted in Descanso Gardens’ Boddy House, June 3–October 1, 2023.

Discover how these corridors connect islands of open space and how you can help protect and enhance them. Through the lens of talented wildlife photographers and camera trappers, via the paintbrushes and canvasses of local artists, and through the stories and wisdom of the Tongva people who have stewarded this land for millennia, you’ll see our wild surroundings from an entirely new perspective.

Image: Mother of Lions © Robert Martinez, courtesy of Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy

Jun
9
Fri
Cultivate: The Five Senses @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 9 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Come see what happens in the garden during extended hours. Take a tour, dance to music amongst the flowers, learn about nature, enjoy food and drink. Grab some friends and enjoy the gardens in a new way.

Included in the price of admission or Descanso Gardens membership, no reservations required.


Cultivate: The Five Senses

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Flower installation by florist Whit Hazen

  • Watch before your eyes as a flower installation is built throughout the evening, using fragrant plants and flowers gathered from the garden to create a full sensory experience
  • Time: 4:30–7pm
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Soundbaths by Marna Currie 

  • Enjoy sound baths under the oaks on the Main Lawn
  • Times: 5–5:30pm and 6–6:30pm
  • Location: Main Lawn
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Flashdance DJ

  • Have a drink in the Rose Garden bar and enjoy a mix of classic and contemporary songs by our popular guest DJs
  • Time: 4:30–7pm
  • Location: Rose Garden
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Activity: Make your own herbal tea bag to take home

  • Time: 4:30–7pm

 

 

 

 

Jun
17
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 17 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 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 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, June 10, 2023. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.

Curator Tour of 0 Horizon: Art of the Forest Floor @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 17 @ 11:00 am

Join us for a curator-led tour of the new gallery exhibit 0 Horizon: Art of the Forest Floor. Meets at the Sturt Haaga Gallery on June 17 at 11am and 2pm. 

No registration required, free with admission.


About 0 Horizon: Art of the Forest Floor

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0 Horizon: Art of the Forest Floor examines a wealth of subject matter that exists in the parasitological ecosystem of the forest floor. The coexistence of the parasite and the host helps to complete life cycles in some species and the coevolution of both. The exhibition will be installed to create an immersive environment containing works of all media that serves as a metaphor for the mutualism needed to contribute to the earth’s sustainability.

The works in the exhibition will depict nature’s underworld; a wondrous display of decay, slime, parasites, worms, beetles, mushrooms, roots, and the detritus of animals and humans.

0 Horizon: Art of the Forest Floor is open at the Sturt Haaga Gallery from June 17 through August 27, 10am–4pm daily. Entry to the Sturt Haaga Gallery is included with admission to Descanso Gardens, no reservations required.

0 Horizon: Art of the Forest Floor is funded in part by Heather and Paul Haaga.


Top image:
Kristin Leachman
Whitebark 1 / (Whitebark Pine, Glacier National Park, MT.)
72x54x2 inches, oil on canvas on panel, 2023
Curator Tour of 0 Horizon: Art of the Forest Floor @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 17 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for a curator-led tour of the new gallery exhibit 0 Horizon: Art of the Forest Floor. Meets at the Sturt Haaga Gallery on June 17 at 11am and 2pm. 

No registration required, free with admission.


About 0 Horizon: Art of the Forest Floor

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0 Horizon: Art of the Forest Floor examines a wealth of subject matter that exists in the parasitological ecosystem of the forest floor. The coexistence of the parasite and the host helps to complete life cycles in some species and the coevolution of both. The exhibition will be installed to create an immersive environment containing works of all media that serves as a metaphor for the mutualism needed to contribute to the earth’s sustainability.

The works in the exhibition will depict nature’s underworld; a wondrous display of decay, slime, parasites, worms, beetles, mushrooms, roots, and the detritus of animals and humans.

0 Horizon: Art of the Forest Floor is open at the Sturt Haaga Gallery from June 17 through August 27, 10am–4pm daily. Entry to the Sturt Haaga Gallery is included with admission to Descanso Gardens, no reservations required.

0 Horizon: Art of the Forest Floor is funded in part by Heather and Paul Haaga.


Top image:
Kristin Leachman
Whitebark 1 / (Whitebark Pine, Glacier National Park, MT.)
72x54x2 inches, oil on canvas on panel, 2023

 

Jun
23
Fri
Little Explorers @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 23 @ 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.