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Dec
4
Sat
Relational Reciprocity: Native Plant Talk @ Descanso Gardens
Dec 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join presenters Craig Torres and Lazaro Arvizu Jr. on Saturday, December 4 as they discuss the Tongva traditions of relational reciprocity with nature and the cultural importance of local native plants. Included in this conversation will be a hands-on presentation about white sage that will explore historic and contemporary cultural uses, as well as the contemporary commodification and exploitation that threatens its very existence.

Free with admission, advance registration required. Click here to register.

This talk is presented in correlation with Full Circle: A Return to the Land on view at the Sturt Haaga Gallery.

About the presenters

Craig Torres is a Tongva cultural educator, presenter and consultant to many schools, culture and nature centers, and museums. He has also worked with city, state and government agencies as a consultant on Tongva history, culture and contemporary issues. He is a consultant on Descanso’s upcoming “Full Circle: A Return to the Land,” exhibition at the Sturt Haaga Gallery. Craig is also an artist and part of Chia Cafe Collective, which is a grassroots group of Southern California tribal members committed to reviving Native foods, medicines, culture and community.

Lazaro Arvizu is an artist, musician, craftsperson and Native scholar of Tongva Gabrielino ancestry. He has served on the Art @ Tongva: Indigenous Now Advisory Committee and has performed and taught at cultural institutions and museums throughout Southern California..

Image: River Garza, What the City Gave Us, detail, painting on canvas, 2019
Jan
9
Sun
{SOLD OUT} Wellness Program: Relax @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 9 @ 2:00 pm

Click here for Wellness Program: Renew on Jan. 16 and here for Wellness Program: Rejuvenate on Jan. 23


Please note that Wellness Program: Relax on Jan. 9 is sold out

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Take some time to relax with a meditation followed by a mindful observation of a single plant in the Garden and make discoveries in the process of looking. 

$20 for members, $25 for non members. Advance registration required.

About the Wellness Program series

This series highlights mindful experiences as an opportunity to slow down and find meaningful moments observing, immersing, and walking in nature. These one-hour sessions can be taken as a series or as a stand-alone session. 

This Wellness Program is led by Mariko Tu. Mariko is an educator specializing in mindfulness and meditation and has developed and led mindfulness programs at the Norton Simon Museum and Descanso Gardens.

Jan
15
Sat
{SOLD OUT} Basket Weaving Workshop @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Please note that the Basket Weaving Workshop is sold out

Artist Samantha M. Johnson will teach students to make their own round-reed basket to take home. Round reed baskets are starter baskets used to teach new weavers and children alike how to recognize a weaving pattern, work with natural materials and for advanced students how to start their own basket. 

Meets on the Boddy House Patio. $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Advance registration required.

About Samantha M. Johnson

Samantha M. Johnson grew up actively involved in the Gabrieleno Tongva Band of Mission Indians before going on to receive her Bachelors in Science at California State University at Long Beach Puvungna, and then her certificate in Science Illustration at Cal State Monterey. As a digital illustrator, animator, and traditional painter; she wants to bring to light the beautiful nature that Creator has put on this earth as well as the often unheard of culture of her tribe. Most recently she has used her skills to create an extensive environmental science curriculum for 4th and 5th grade based on our local California sage scrub ecosystem for Pitzer College. Currently, she is making an effort to bring awareness on social media to poached white sage in Southern California.

Jan
16
Sun
{SOLD OUT} Wellness Program: Renew @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 16 @ 2:00 pm
Please note that Wellness Program: Renew is sold out

Experience a sense of renewal forest bathing in the Oak Grove by using your senses to immerse in nature.

$20 for members, $25 for non members. Advance registration required.

About the Wellness Program series

This series highlights mindful experiences as an opportunity to slow down and find meaningful moments observing, immersing, and walking in nature. These one-hour sessions can be taken as a series or as a stand-alone session. 

This Wellness Program is led by Mariko Tu. Mariko is an educator specializing in mindfulness and meditation and has developed and led mindfulness programs at the Norton Simon Museum and Descanso Gardens.

Jan
23
Sun
{SOLD OUT} Wellness Program: Rejuvenate @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 23 @ 2:00 pm
Please note that Wellness Program: Rejuvenate is sold out

Rejuvenate your mind and body with a meditative walk through Descanso Gardens and set an intention for the year ahead.

$20 for members, $25 for non members. Advance registration required.

About the Wellness Program series

This series highlights mindful experiences as an opportunity to slow down and find meaningful moments observing, immersing, and walking in nature. These one-hour sessions can be taken as a series or as a stand-alone session. 

This Wellness Program is led by Mariko Tu. Mariko is an educator specializing in mindfulness and meditation and has developed and led mindfulness programs at the Norton Simon Museum and Descanso Gardens.

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.

Mar
5
Sat
{SOLD OUT} Sketching on Location @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Please note that this class is sold out

Join artist Virginia Hein for a four-week series beginning Saturday, March 5 that focuses on exploring sketching landscapes of Descanso. Bring a spirit of curiosity, play and experimentation while learning to work confidently.

Meets in the Rose Pavilion in the Rose Garden. $90 members, $120 non-members.

Image: © Virginia Hein

May
19
Thu
{SOLD OUT} Quick Location Sketching @ Descanso Gardens
May 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
This class is sold out

Join artist Virginia Hein for a sketch walk through the gardens on Thursday, May 19. 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.

$35 for members/$40 for non-members. Advance registration required.

Image: © Virginia Hein