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May
1
Fri
{CANCELED} Garden Sprouts @ Descanso Gardens
May 1 @ 10:00 am

Please note that Garden Sprouts is canceled.

Meets on four Fridays from May 1–22.

Garden Sprouts is a grownup and child (ages 2-4) class where the seeds of love for nature are planted and nurtured. Children and adults participate in story time, songs, hands-on nature, science, art, and gardening activities, as well as prepare a healthy snack together. All activities are designed specifically for children’s fine and gross motor skills and social development.   

$40 members; $48 nonmembers. Advanced registration required. Please note that this program is non-refundable.

Toddler Treks

May
2
Sat
{CANCELED} Air Watercolor @ Descanso Gardens
May 2 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join artist Pete Morris and learn new watercolor techniques as you explore the various landscapes of Descanso. A brief classroom instruction will be followed by open air painting in different locations.

All levels are welcome. Meets on four Saturdays beginning May 2.

$90 members, $120 non-members. Advance registration required, register here. Students will be emailed a materials list after registration. Please note that this program is non-refundable.

{CANCELED} Little Explorers @ Descanso Gardens
May 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Please note that Little Explorers is canceled.

Explore Descanso Gardens from the ground up with your children ages 2 to 5. On the first Saturday of the month, Little Explorers will encourage kids to use their senses to discover the natural world through hands-on activities.

Free with admission. No registration required.

{CANCELED} Cultivate: Science Quest @ Descanso Gardens
May 2 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please note that Cultivate: Science Quest has been canceled.

Explore the science of plants as well as the natural world around us. Full schedule to come.

$5 members, $15 non-members. Advance registration required, get your tickets here:

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May
16
Sat
“The Sky Beneath Our Feet” by Pete Wyer @ Descanso Gardens
May 16 @ 10:00 am – Sep 30 @ 6:45 pm
Come walk through an immersive sound installation by composer Pete M. Wyer. Inspired by the coast live oaks at Descanso Gardens, “The Sky Beneath Our Feet” was written specifically for Descanso. Played over 72 speakers throughout the Camellia Forest, visitors will experience this choral and instrumental composition as they walk through the garden. Free with admission.
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The music is one hour long and begins at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.

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Jul
10
Fri
{SOLD OUT} Sketching on Location @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Please note that this class is sold out.

Meets online over Zoom for five Saturdays from July 10–August 7, 10–11:30am.

Join artist Virginia Hein in this five-week art series and learn to sketch the varied landscapes of Descanso using a variety of media. Students will meet weekly on Zoom for instruction and conversation, and will be given exercises to do at Descanso on their own time between class sessions.

$100 per person. Students will be provided with a materials list with registration. Members only.

Image: © Virginia Hein

Jul
16
Fri
Music in the Gardens @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 16 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am

For three Fridays this July, enjoy the sound of live music wafting through the garden as you enjoy the summer blooms.

Included in the price of admission, no reservations required.

Dates and times
July 16: 11am and 1pm
Paul Livingstone Ensemble

July 23: 11am and 1pm
Yuval Ron Music

July 30: 11am and 1pm
SAKURA Cellos

Please note that chairs, blankets, outside food, and picnics are not permitted.

Music in the Gardens @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 16 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

For three Fridays this July, enjoy the sound of live music wafting through the garden as you enjoy the summer blooms.

Included in the price of admission, no reservations required.

Dates and times
July 16: 11am and 1pm
Paul Livingstone Ensemble

July 23: 11am and 1pm
Yuval Ron Music

July 30: 11am and 1pm
SAKURA Cellos

Please note that chairs, blankets, outside food, and picnics are not permitted.

Jul
17
Sat
Summer Music Strolls @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Come take a relaxing summer walk after-hours through Descanso and savor the sounds of live music in different parts of the garden. Enjoy classical music from SAKURA Cellos, the sounds of sitar from the Paul Livingstone Ensemble: AROHI, and mystical music from the Middle East performed by the Yuval Ron Music featuring Manuel Gutierrez and Andres Vadin.

Reservations required, tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Click here to book your tickets.

Please note that chairs, blankets, outside food, and picnics are not permitted.

Dates and times
July 17 and 18: 5:30–7:30pm

5:30 & 6:30pm: SAKURA Cellos 
A unique and versatile cello ensemble, hailed as “brilliant” and “superb” by Mark Swed in the LA Times, SAKURA Cellos is built on the artistry and virtuosity of its artists. Drawing from the rich heritage of a repertoire that spans eight centuries, inventive programs are constructed around conceptual threads, with a commitment to opening new vistas of beauty and expression by showcasing the great warmth and scope of cellos.

5:45 & 6:45pm: Paul Livingstone Ensemble: AROHI 
The music of Arohi Ensemble weaves the classical ragas and intricate rhythmic architectures of South Asia with the counterpoint of Western chamber music. Arohi brings a unique blend of sitar, cello, tabla and drums together. Paul Livingstone and Peter Jacobson featured on multiple Grammy-winning records are joined along with dynamic percussionists Neelamjit Dhillon on tabla and Dave Lewis on drums.

6 & 7pm: Yuval Ron Music
In a vivid program, the Yuval Ron Music – with guest flamenco artist Manuel Gutierrez and Andres Vadin – explores the Jewish and Gypsy traditions of Andalusia, Spain. The sublime and stirring guest gypsy-flamenco artists evoke Andalusia in the Middle Ages and explore a vision for the 21st century.

Jul
18
Sun
Summer Music Strolls @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Come take a relaxing summer walk after-hours through Descanso and savor the sounds of live music in different parts of the garden. Enjoy classical music from SAKURA Cellos, the sounds of sitar from the Paul Livingstone Ensemble: AROHI, and mystical music from the Middle East performed by the Yuval Ron Music featuring Manuel Gutierrez and Andres Vadin.

Reservations required, tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Click here to book your tickets.

Please note that chairs, blankets, outside food, and picnics are not permitted.

Dates and times
July 17 and 18: 5:30–7:30pm

5:30 & 6:30pm: SAKURA Cellos 
A unique and versatile cello ensemble, hailed as “brilliant” and “superb” by Mark Swed in the LA Times, SAKURA Cellos is built on the artistry and virtuosity of its artists. Drawing from the rich heritage of a repertoire that spans eight centuries, inventive programs are constructed around conceptual threads, with a commitment to opening new vistas of beauty and expression by showcasing the great warmth and scope of cellos.

5:45 & 6:45pm: Paul Livingstone Ensemble: AROHI 
The music of Arohi Ensemble weaves the classical ragas and intricate rhythmic architectures of South Asia with the counterpoint of Western chamber music. Arohi brings a unique blend of sitar, cello, tabla and drums together. Paul Livingstone and Peter Jacobson featured on multiple Grammy-winning records are joined along with dynamic percussionists Neelamjit Dhillon on tabla and Dave Lewis on drums.

6 & 7pm: Yuval Ron Music
In a vivid program, the Yuval Ron Music – with guest flamenco artist Manuel Gutierrez and Andres Vadin – explores the Jewish and Gypsy traditions of Andalusia, Spain. The sublime and stirring guest gypsy-flamenco artists evoke Andalusia in the Middle Ages and explore a vision for the 21st century.