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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

Jun
25
Fri
Castle Garden Member Preview @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Descanso Gardens members get first look at the upcoming Castle Garden exhibition at the Sturt Haaga Gallery from June 25–27. The Gallery is open from 10am to 4pm.

Through contemporary artwork, videos and historic materials, Castle Garden will explore how, over centuries, plants and gardens have played a vital role in communicating our identity and culture.

This exhibition is funded in part through the generosity of the Pasadena Art Alliance.

 

Jun
26
Sat
Castle Garden Member Preview @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Descanso Gardens members get first look at the upcoming Castle Garden exhibition at the Sturt Haaga Gallery from June 25–27. The Gallery is open from 10am to 4pm.

Through contemporary artwork, videos and historic materials, Castle Garden will explore how, over centuries, plants and gardens have played a vital role in communicating our identity and culture.

This exhibition is funded in part through the generosity of the Pasadena Art Alliance.

 

Jun
27
Sun
Castle Garden Member Preview @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Descanso Gardens members get first look at the upcoming Castle Garden exhibition at the Sturt Haaga Gallery from June 25–27. The Gallery is open from 10am to 4pm.

Through contemporary artwork, videos and historic materials, Castle Garden will explore how, over centuries, plants and gardens have played a vital role in communicating our identity and culture.

This exhibition is funded in part through the generosity of the Pasadena Art Alliance.

 

Jun
28
Mon
Castle Garden opens @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Through contemporary artwork, videos and historic materials, Castle Garden will explore how, over centuries, plants and gardens have played a vital role in communicating our identity and culture. Castle Garden runs from June 28 to September 12, 2021. The Sturt Haaga Gallery is open daily from 10am–4pm.

This exhibition is funded in part through the generosity of the Pasadena Art Alliance.

 

Aug
1
Sun
{CANCELED} Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory Workshop with Jenny Yurhsansky @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please note that this workshop is canceled.

Join artist Jenny Yurshansky in a Zoom workshop on Sunday, August 1 from 10am–noon that will focus on the histories of plants present in California and how their migration stories tie to human migration.

The Zoom workshop includes insights on the research that informed Yurshansky’s work on display in the Castle Garden exhibition, as well as hands-on opportunities to forage, work with plant material, and create small objects honoring the histories of the plants.

$25 for members, $35 for non-members.