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

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


{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

Camellia Lounge @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 2 @ 4:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Meander through the Japanese Garden with the accompaniment of acoustic music during our extended summer hours. Enjoy a drink from the Tea House bar in this new twelve-week series.

The Camellia Lounge is open from 4:45–6:30pm, Fridays through Sundays from June 2- August 27*.

Entry to the Camellia Lounge is included with admission, no reservations required.

*Please note that there will be no music on June 9, July 14, and August 4, 5, 6, and 11.

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

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