Summer Music Series @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 15 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Get in the groove this summer! Enjoy our summer line up of world music performances on two stages the third Thursday of the month from June–August. Included in the price of admission, no reservations required.

Please note that chairs, blankets, outside food, and picnics are not permitted.

Thursday, June 15


Rose Garden: 4–4:45pm & 5:15–6pm

Nevenka Folk Ensemble is a women’s chorus performing traditional Eastern European music. The multi-generational ensemble was formed in 1976 by women who shared a common interest in the complex harmonies and compelling rhythms of Balkan music.

Their repertoire includes songs from Albania, Armenia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Russia, Ukraine, and from the Ladino Sephardic and Romani cultures.

Amphitheater: 5–5:45pm & 6:15–7pm

LA LA Brass Taking influences from New Orleans’ second line, hip hop, latin, pop, rock, and everything in between, their music embodies the ideal of collaboration and reinvents familiar genres and sounds. Led by tuba player Bobby Murray, they have been sharing their music since 2016, and built an eclectic group of talented musicians from a variety of different backgrounds.

With their music, they hope to inspire others to express themselves with confidence and vulnerability. LA LA aims to create a platform where everyone feels like they belong.

Nevenka Folk Ensemble
LA LA Brass

Camellia Lounge @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 16 @ 4:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Meander through the Japanese Garden with the accompaniment of acoustic music during our extended summer hours. Enjoy a drink from the Tea House bar in this new twelve-week series.

The Camellia Lounge is open from 4:45–6:30pm, Fridays through Sundays from June 2- August 27*.

Entry to the Camellia Lounge is included with admission, no reservations required.

*Please note that there will be no music on June 9, July 14, and August 4, 5, 6, and 11.

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