{SOLD OUT} Quick Location Sketching @ Descanso Gardens
Apr 6 @ 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, April 6 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

Cultivate: Explore SHIKI @ Descanso Gardens
Apr 14 @ 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: Explore SHIKI

SHIKI exhibit tours with curator Meher McArthur
– Lecture/tour of Sturt Haaga Gallery
– Times: 5–5:45pm | 6–6:45pm

Haiku and tanka poetry reading and performance by Debbie Kolodji and Mariko Kitakubo
– Poetry readings of Kolodji and Kitakubo’s book
– Times: 5–5:30pm | 6–6:30pm

Flashdance DJs
– Times: 4:30–7pm

Activity: Make-your-own haiku poem or woodblock print
– Time: 4:30–7pm


Meher McArthur
Meher McArthur is an Asian art historian specializing in Japanese art. She worked as Curator of East Asian Art at Pacific Asia Museum and Creative Director for the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, both in Pasadena and was Academic Curator for Scripps College in Claremont and Art and Cultural Director for JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles.

Deborah P Kolodji Bio
Deborah P Kolodji is the Moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group, the California Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America, and a member of the board of directors for Haiku North America. She has given hundreds of haiku workshops over the past 15 years.

Mariko Kitakubo
Mariko Kitakubo is a tanka poet/tanka reading performer born in Tokyo (4, Oct. 1959) and living in Mitaka-city, Tokyo. Mariko has published six books of tanka including three bilingual ones,
“On This Same Star” , “Cicada Forest”and “INDIGO”. She hopes to encourage more poetry lovers worldwide to appreciate and practice tanka. URL:




Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Apr 15 @ 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 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 by Saturday, April 8, 2023. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.

Little Explorers @ Descanso Gardens
Apr 28 @ 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.