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.


{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. 


{CANCELED} Castle Garden Gallery Tour @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 22 @ 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm

Please note that the Castle Garden Gallery Tour is canceled.

Join curator Debra Scacco for a walkthrough of the Castle Garden exhibition, currently on view at the Sturt Haaga Gallery.

Free with registration. Admission is included with your reservation.


{SOLD OUT} “What You Will” by Ensemble Shakespeare Theater @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Tickets are sold out for the Sept. 16 performance of What You Will

Join us on September 16, 17 or 18 for a performance of What You Will by the Ensemble Shakespeare Theater in the Amphitheater off the Main Lawn.

In turns funny, inspiring, heartbreaking, satirical, profound, silly, literal, figurative, and above all honest, What You Will is a passionate and moving dose of humanity through Shakespeare.

This Shakespearean “un-play” is the result of the Ensemble’s favorite professional actors, writers, and improvisors creating mini-plays through the lens of their individual and diverse backgrounds, responding to and recontextualizing Shakespeare’s stories and words. The company breaks down the mystique of Shakespeare’s language and creates pieces for all audiences to enjoy.

$20 for members, $25 for non-members. Advance tickets required.