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Jun
11
Sat
Tonalism: Night
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 12 @ 1:00 am

June 11 // Saturday: 6pm–1am 

Advance tickets required, $20 members/$25 non-members. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

Tonalism (in Space) culminates in a late night, ambient music happening inspired by La Monte Young’s Dream House as well as the work of musicians and composers such as Terry Riley, John Cage, and Yoko Ono. The event features live DJ sets, visual elements, and the opportunity to be in the garden as night falls.

Visitors are encouraged to bring pillows, cushions, and sleeping bags to lay down, listen and watch for an extended period of time.

Jun
12
Sun
Tonalism: Day
Jun 12 @ 10:00 am

June 9–10 // Thursday–Friday: 10am–5pm
June 11–12 // Saturday–Sunday: 10am–4pm

Experience Tonalism (in Space) from dublab at Descanso for four days this June. With immersive surround sound installations in different areas of the garden, Tonalism invites participants to enjoy ambient music and consider sound as a way to reflect, meditate and connect with our surroundings and environment.

Free with admission, no advance registration required

Main Lawn:

  • Meditative music brings a new sound element to this garden space
  • Visitors are invited to explore The Centering Center’s woven pavilion – a social space for interaction and reflection
  • Storytelling Workshop with Tina Orduno Calderon on Thursday, June 9 from 11am–noon
    • Tina will share stories and songs with guests at Descanso Gardens as well as speak about the revival of the Tongva language and the fluidity of culture which is integrally connected to language and place
  • Soundbaths on Thursday and Friday, June 9 and 10 from 5–6:30pm
    • Immerse yourself in the sounds of crystal bowls under the oaks
  • Four Quadrant Induction Meditation by Marcos Lutyens on Sunday, June 12 from 11am–noon
    • A guided meditation exploring internal, sensory, social and environmental realms as they relate to the inner self and to the intent of the Centering Center Pavilion

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Rose Garden
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  • Quadraphonic soundscapes and other compositions
Jun
26
Sun
Summer Bird Walk @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 26 @ 8:00 am

Come join this guided monthly walk for birders of all levels. Bring binoculars!

Free with membership, no registration required.

Members only

Jul
24
Sun
Summer Bird Walk @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 24 @ 8:00 am

Come join this guided monthly walk for birders of all levels. Bring binoculars!

Free with membership, no registration required.

Members only

Aug
28
Sun
Summer Bird Walk @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 28 @ 8:00 am

Come join this guided monthly walk for birders of all levels. Bring binoculars!

Free with membership, no registration required.

Members only

Oct
22
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 22 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am
Help with our Mulch Give Away this October at Descanso. Volunteers will help visitors get free mulch and share water-wise gardening tips. Instruction will be provided.
 
· All experience levels welcome.
· Ages 16 or older.
· Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
· Limited space available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Saturday, October 15. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Mulch Giveaway @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 22 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Take home some high-quality mulch at the Auxiliary Parking Lot on October 22 from 8–10am. Descanso’s horticulture staff will be on hand to answer any mulching questions.

Bring your own containers to tote mulch home (maximum of three containers). Supplies are limited and available first come, first served.

 

Nov
5
Sat
Mobile Voting at Descanso @ Descanso Gardens
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come vote at the most beautiful place in LA. The County of Los Angeles’ Mobile Vote Center will be in the auxiliary parking lot at Descanso Gardens on Saturday, November 5 from 9am–5pm.

 

Nov
19
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Nov 19 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Learn how to conserve water by mulching in the garden and help care for our native plants at this volunteer opportunity. Instruction will be provided and work will be supervised by Descanso horticulture staff.
 
· All experience levels welcome.
· Ages 16 or older.
· Must be able to lift, bend and stand for long periods of time. Moderate to heavy lifting involved.
· Please bring gardening gloves
· Limited space available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Saturday, November 12. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Enchanted Preview Party
Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Celebrate the return of Enchanted Forest of Light with an event to remember! Join us Saturday, November 19 for Descanso’s enchanting fundraising party. All funds raised support the mission of Descanso Gardens: to connect people with nature, and one another.

Tickets are $195 per person and include food and drinks, the Enchanted experience, and additional entertainment. Sponsorships include tickets to the Preview Party, recognition, and special “anytime” tickets — good for any night Enchanted is open in the 2022–2023 season.

Click here to purchase tickets or sponsor the Preview Party.