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Feb
4
Sat
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.

Feb
5
Sun
{SOLD OUT} Museums Free-for-All @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tickets are sold out, there are no more tickets available

Descanso Gardens opens its doors for Museums Free-for-All on Sunday, February 5. Advance tickets required, all available tickets for Museums Free-for-All have been reserved.

Feb
11
Sat
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
18
Sat
SHIKI Curator Gallery Tours @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am

Join curator Meher McArthur as she gives a gallery tour of the upcoming exhibit SHIKI: The Four Seasons in Japanese Art. Meets at the Sturt Haaga Gallery on February 18 at 11am and 1pm.

No registration required, free with admission.


Top image:
Tale of Genji: Murasaki and Genji Enjoying the Snow
By Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Japan, c. 1854
Full-color woodblock print (14 1/4 in. x 29 5/8 in.)
Courtesy of Scripps College, Claremont, CA

 

SHIKI Curator Gallery Tours @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 18 @ 1:00 pm

Join curator Meher McArthur as she gives a gallery tour of the upcoming exhibit SHIKI: The Four Seasons in Japanese Art. Meets at the Sturt Haaga Gallery on February 18 at 11am and 1pm.

No registration required, free with admission.


Top image:
Tale of Genji: Murasaki and Genji Enjoying the Snow
By Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Japan, c. 1854
Full-color woodblock print (14 1/4 in. x 29 5/8 in.)
Courtesy of Scripps College, Claremont, CA

 

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
26
Sun
Member Bird Walk @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 26 @ 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.

MEMBERS ONLY

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
13
Mon
Member Appreciation Week
Mar 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Descanso keeps its gates open late, exclusively for members! As a thank you for supporting the garden through membership, Descanso Gardens members get exclusive access to the beautiful spring blooms from 5–7pm, March 13–17. More information to come.

Included with Descanso Gardens membership.