Curator Tour of Living in a Wildlife Corridor @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm

Join us for a curator-led tour of the new interactive exhibit Living in a Wildlife Corridor. Meets at 11am and 1pm on Saturday, June 3 at the Boddy House.

Included in the price of admission, no reservations required.

Living in a Wildlife Corridor is open June 3–October 1 at the Boddy House.

About Living in a Wildlife Corridor

Take a journey through the extensive network of wildlife corridors in Northern Los Angeles in
Living in a Wildlife Corridor, an interactive exhibit created by the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy being hosted in Descanso Gardens’ Boddy House, June 3–October 1, 2023.

Discover how these corridors connect islands of open space and how you can help protect and enhance them. Through the lens of talented wildlife photographers and camera trappers, via the paintbrushes and canvasses of local artists, and through the stories and wisdom of the Tongva people who have stewarded this land for millennia, you’ll see our wild surroundings from an entirely new perspective.

Image: Mother of Lions © Robert Martinez, courtesy of Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy

Cultivate: The Five Senses @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 9 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Come see what happens in the garden during extended hours. Take a tour, dance to music amongst the flowers, learn about nature, enjoy food and drink. Grab some friends and enjoy the gardens in a new way.

Included in the price of admission or Descanso Gardens membership, no reservations required.

Cultivate: The Five Senses

Flower installation by florist Whit Hazen

  • Watch before your eyes as a flower installation is built throughout the evening, using fragrant plants and flowers gathered from the garden to create a full sensory experience
  • Time: 4:30–7pm

Soundbaths by Marna Currie 

  • Enjoy sound baths under the oaks on the Main Lawn
  • Times: 5–5:30pm and 6–6:30pm
  • Location: Main Lawn

Flashdance DJ

  • Have a drink in the Rose Garden bar and enjoy a mix of classic and contemporary songs by our popular guest DJs
  • Time: 4:30–7pm
  • Location: Rose Garden

Activity: Make your own herbal tea bag to take home

  • Time: 4:30–7pm





Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 17 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Get hands-on gardening experience by mulching in the garden and help care for Descanso at this volunteer opportunity. Instruction will be provided.

  • All experience levels are welcome.

  • Ages 16 or older.

  • Must be able to lift, bend and stand for long periods of time. Moderate to heavy lifting involved.

  • Bring gardening gloves and water.

  • Remember to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes.

  • Limited space available, RSVP required

RSVP to by Saturday, June 10, 2023. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.

Curator Tour of 0 Horizon: Art of the Forest Floor @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 17 @ 11:00 am

Join us for a curator-led tour of the new gallery exhibit 0 Horizon: Art of the Forest Floor. Meets at the Sturt Haaga Gallery on June 17 at 11am and 2pm. 

No registration required, free with admission.

About 0 Horizon: Art of the Forest Floor

0 Horizon: Art of the Forest Floor examines a wealth of subject matter that exists in the parasitological ecosystem of the forest floor. The coexistence of the parasite and the host helps to complete life cycles in some species and the coevolution of both. The exhibition will be installed to create an immersive environment containing works of all media that serves as a metaphor for the mutualism needed to contribute to the earth’s sustainability.

The works in the exhibition will depict nature’s underworld; a wondrous display of decay, slime, parasites, worms, beetles, mushrooms, roots, and the detritus of animals and humans.

0 Horizon: Art of the Forest Floor is open at the Sturt Haaga Gallery from June 17 through August 27, 10am–4pm daily. Entry to the Sturt Haaga Gallery is included with admission to Descanso Gardens, no reservations required.

0 Horizon: Art of the Forest Floor is funded in part by Heather and Paul Haaga.

Top image:
Kristin Leachman
Whitebark 1 / (Whitebark Pine, Glacier National Park, MT.)
72x54x2 inches, oil on canvas on panel, 2023