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Ensemble Shakespeare Theater returns to Descanso for a fully immersive theater production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bring your running shoes, as this experience will have you chasing through the Gardens to follow fighting lovers, dancing fairies, and a bewildered donkey, on an adventure filled with laughter and love.
$25 members, $35 non-members. Join us on August 16, 17, 23 or 24. Reservations required, register online here.
Please note that this program is non-refundable.
The gardens stay open extra late for the End of Summer Celebration. Grab a cold drink and relax to the tunes of the The Flashdance DJs, wander through the gardens to the sounds of live music. Enjoy the sunset, then end the night with some stargazing in the Oak Woodland. Bring your own flashlight!
Advance tickets required. Descanso Gardens members can reserve tickets beginning August 12. Tickets will be released to the public on August 15. Please note that tickets are limited to 6 per household; those reserving more than 6 tickets will have all additional tickets invalidated.
Not a member? Learn more or become a member here.
- The Flashdance DJs | 5:30–10pm
- Crafting | 5:30–9:30pm
- Barbecue and Drinks by Patina | 5:30–9pm
- Live Music | 6–8pm
- Stargazing | 8:30–9:30pm
- See the night sky through a telescope with the help of the Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers.
In Fall 2014, we opened the Oak Woodland, which transformed an uncultivated behind-the-scenes area into seven additional acres of native plant garden. Join us to learn more about the iconic trees that dot the landscape, and celebrate five years of this beautiful part of Descanso.
Oak Tree Talk with Emily Han | 10am
While sitting under a canopy of oaks, learn about these essential and majestic California trees from herbalist, educator and author, Emily Han.
Wildflower Seed Search | 10am–1pm
Fall is the best time to plant California wildflower seeds. Pick up a wildflower map at the Information Station that will guide you Seed Stations in the garden. Visit the Seed Stations and make your own wildflower seed packet to take home.
Foothill Municipal Water District Information Table | 10am–1pm
Learn about water-wise practices, local rebates for your home and more.
Oak Woodland Highlight Tour | 1pm
Take a guided walk of the Oak Woodland to learn about the different plants and animals that thrive here.
Celebrate Japanese art and culture at this annual celebration set in our Japanese Garden. Activities included in the price of regular admission.
Ikebana Display | 9am – 5pm
View examples of ikebana, the art of flower arranging, from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.
Taiko Drummers | 11:30am & 1:30pm
Kishin Daiko drummers perform heart-pounding feats of percussion.
Crafting | 10am – 1pm
Create your own work of art inspired by the Japanese Garden.
Photo © Martha Benedict