Please note that Tomatomania has been canceled.
TOMATOMANIA!, the world’s largest tomato seedling sale, returns to Descanso Gardens. Activities free to members. Included in the price of regular Descanso Gardens admission, no registration required.
9am – 5pm
Select from hundreds of healthy seedlings, including heirloom varieties, old favorites and unusual offerings.
The Kitchen for Exploring Foods Bloody Mary Bar
This popular Bloody Mary Bar returns!
10:30am and 1:30pm
Get tips from experts on growing at the Gardenerd Education Series.
Tomato Cooking Demo
A chef from The Kitchen for Exploring Foods will prepare dishes featuring tomatoes.
Please note that Cultivate: Spring Blooms has been canceled.
Please note that Urban Forager: Deconstructing Salsa has been canceled.
Urban Forager author Elisa Callow will be joined once again by Mario Rodriguez, featured chef in the Urban Forager cookbook, for Deconstructing Salsa Part 2. Mario will demonstrate the remarkable variety of salsas, incorporating fresh and dried chiles and using the traditional comal pan. He will also share options for serving these versatile and iconic sauces.
Please note that Spring Flowers Children’s Workshop has been canceled.
Come explore nature with your child(ren) at this special Spring & Earth Day workshop. In collaboration with the Pasadena Garden Club, this workshop will include the opportunity to create floral displays to be included in the Garden Club of America 2020 Flower Show. Please note that this workshop is for children ages 3–5. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
· Remember to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Please bring gardening gloves, water and a hat.
Get volunteer hours for school and help care for the Gardens at this student volunteer opportunity. Instruction will be provided and work will be supervised by Descanso horticulture staff. This is a great opportunity for individuals, friends, and organizations.
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.
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.
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:
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