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Jul
23
Fri
Music in the Gardens @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 23 @ 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
30
Fri
Music in the Gardens @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 30 @ 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 30 @ 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.

Feb
5
Sat
Haiku Activity @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Garden visitors are invited to add their own poems to a community-created haiku installation from February 5–27 as part of What Blossoms: A Poetic Celebration of Camellias.

Free with admission, no advance registration required.


What Blossoms: A Poetic Celebration of Camellias

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.

Poetry Reading @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Poets from around the Los Angeles area come together on Saturday, February 5 to share poems about nature. Moderated by author and historian Naomi Hirahara, and featuring poets Traci Kato-Kiriyama, Kenji Liu, Phoebe MacAdams, Mariano Zaro and Gloria Alvarez, the reading will conclude with an invitation for program attendees to join a mini-workshop on writing haiku.

Meets at the Amphitheater next to the Main Lawn. Free with admission, no advance registration required.


What Blossoms: A Poetic Celebration of Camellias

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
12
Sat
Haiku Walk & Workshop @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for the Haiku Walk & Workshop on Saturday, February 12 from 10:30am–12pm. 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.

Meets at the Amphitheater next to the Main Lawn. Free with admission, no advance registration required.


What Blossoms: A Poetic Celebration of Camellias

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
27
Sun
Camellia Tours @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 27 @ 1:00 pm

Join Dr. Brad King (President of Southern California Camellia Society) and Jim Fitzpatrick (Vice President of Southern California Camellia Society) on tours of the Camellia Forest on Sunday, February 27 at 1pm or 3pm.

Before or after the walk, you are welcome to visit the Southern California Camellia Council show in Van De Kamp Hall (9am–4:30pm).

 

Camellia Tours @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 27 @ 3:00 pm

Join Dr. Brad King (President of Southern California Camellia Society) and Jim Fitzpatrick (Vice President of Southern California Camellia Society) on tours of the Camellia Forest on Sunday, February 27 at 1pm or 3pm.

Before or after the walk, you are welcome to visit the Southern California Camellia Council show in Van De Kamp Hall (9am–4:30pm).

 

Mar
26
Sat
Spring Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Come celebrate spring at Descanso Gardens!

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Join us as Descanso bursts with color and activity this spring on March 26, 10am–4pm. All activities are free with admission, no reservations required.

Spring is a symbol of rebirth and awakening, and we invite you to explore new possibilities for the future with us. Explore our pollinator garden and take a sneak peak at our new nursery opening in 2022. Learn about native milkweed and other native plants we are growing/propagating and their relationship to pollinators. Find out about important work being done here at Descanso and by our partner organizations in and around Los Angeles.

Plants & Pollinator Tours | 10am & 2pm | Rose Pavilion

Partner Info Tables | 10am–2pm | Rose Pavilion

Basket Weaving Demo | 10am–noon | Rose Pavilion

Live Music | 1pm & 2pm | Rose Pavilion
Join the Salsa Dance Party! LA Verdad (the Truth) -a joyous celebratory salsa band led by Gabriel Gonzalez offers music and dance rhythms from Latin America, with guitar, violin, horns, percussion and vocals. Visit https://www.laverdadband.com/ to find out more..

Our partners include:

Arroyos and Foothill Conservancy
California Native Plant Society
Theodore Payne Foundation
Kidspace Children’s Museum

 

Apr
16
Sat
Your (Un)natural Garden opening day @ Descanso Gardens
Apr 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Artist Adam Schwerner asks visitors to please touch the art! Join us on opening day of Your (Un)natural Garden, an experience like nothing Descanso has had before. All activities are included in the price of admission, no reservations required.

Music Walk | 10am–2pm | Various locations
On opening day, the path to the Hilltop Gardens will be dotted with special live musical performances. Wander up to the exhibition and enjoy special musical performances along the way.

  • Talking Strings: Keenan Webster a virtuoso on the West African string instruments kora and kamile nguni and cellist Peter Jacobson weave original and traditional Griot compositions with improvisational chamber music.
  • Tsering Dorjee (Bawa): Tsering Dorjee is a Master in Tibetan performing arts from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, Dharamsala, India. A musician, dancer and actor, he teaches at the Tibet Arts Studio in Northern California and is deeply committed to practice and performance of Tibet’s folk arts.
  • Jessica Fichot: Accompanied by her accordion, toy piano, and fiery band, LA-based vocalist/songwriter Jessica Fichot draws from her French, Chinese, and American heritage to create an intoxicating repertoire of French chanson, 1940s Shanghai jazz, gypsy swing, and international folk – sung in 7 languages!
  • George T. Abe: George Abe is a musician who specializes in bamboo flutes and percussion of Japan. He was a founding member of Kinnara Taiko, one of the first taiko groups formed in the US. He teaches and performs in SoCal.
  • On That Note A Cappella: On That Note A Cappella is a UCLA performance a cappella group founded on the belief that there is a place for anyone in music. They strive to foster a fun-filled community while cultivating their unique sound, and spreading joy in their communities by sharing their art.

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Garden to Gallery Walk and Talk | 1pm | Meet at Center Circle
Join us for a walk, led by artist Adam Schwerner, who will share information about art installations leading up to the gallery and insights into the pieces in the Boddy House and Sturt Haaga Gallery.