Celebrate our iconic camellia collection during peak blooming season on Saturday and Sunday, January 11 and 12. Enjoy crafting, walks and more among these blooming winter beauties. Included in the price of regular Descanso Gardens admission, no reservations required.
10am – 2pm
Make your own camellia-inspired craft to take home.
Steve Medford demonstrates pruning camellia plants on Saturday, and George Harrison will lead a floral arranging demonstration on Sunday.
Join camellia experts from the Southern California Camellia Society for a tour of Descanso’s collection at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Dr. Bradford King will lead the walk on Saturday, and James Fitzpatrick will lead the walk on Sunday.
Join us once a month for a fun and relaxed guided walk along Descanso’s many beautiful paths and trails. Whether you are looking to improve your health, make new friends, or get to know the Gardens, an experienced guide will help you explore all that Descanso has to offer.
Free to members. No registration required.
· Bring gardening gloves.
Please note that the Tea Blending Workshop with Emily Han is sold out.
Learn all about tea at this workshop with herbalist, educator and author, Emily Han. Enjoy a sensory tasting activity, explore tea blending principles and learn to incorporate herbs and botanicals for flavor, aroma, color, and therapeutic effects. Choose from an array of ingredients to craft your own custom tea blend to take home.
$35 members, $45 non-members. Advanced registration required. Please note that this program is non-refundable.
On Sunday, January 19 at 10am, two “Hiroshima Survivor Trees” will be presented to Descanso from the Rotary Heiwa: Hiroshima Survivor Tree group. These persimmon trees grew from the seed of a plant that survived the first atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. Descanso visitors and members are welcome at this event.
Hiroshima Survivor Tree Re-Planting is a project by Rotary Heiwa: Hiroshima Survivor Tree, a group of Rotarians in Japan, U.S. and Russia. Other survivor trees can be found at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Little Tokyo, Downtown LA, Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena, Verdugo Woodland Elementary School, Monte Vista Elementary School and Wilson Middle School in Glendale Unified School District.
To join us on Free Tuesday, you will need advance tickets.
Tickets for Free Tuesday on January 21 will be available on Tuesday, December 31 at 10am.
- Tickets are free and must be reserved online in advance, by phone at (818) 949-4200 or in person. No tickets will be available on-site at the Gardens on Free Tuesday.
- Tickets are available three weeks before the date of Free Tuesday. There are two times available to enter: 9am and 1pm. Once you are in the Gardens, you man stay until Descanso Gardens closes at 5pm.
- All visitors – including infants – need a ticket.
- Descanso Gardens members do not need a ticket.
- Members of other gardens that participate in the Reciprocal Admissions Program must reserve a free non-member ticket.
- Tickets will be scanned for entry and can only be used for the date and time printed on them.
- Tickets are limited to 6 per household; those reserving more than 6 tickets will have all additional tickets invalidated. Ticket purchaser must be present with entire party in order to enter the Garden. Descanso Gardens staff may request identification from the ticket purchaser.
- Please read our garden etiquette guidelines to better understand the expectations of behavior when visiting Descanso.
- Food and picnicking are not permitted in the Gardens; however, you are welcome to use the picnic area adjacent to the parking lot.
- We cannot accommodate tour groups/buses on Free Tuesday. For group availability, contact email@example.com or (818) 949-4202.
Come join our monthly walk for birders of all levels. Bring binoculars!
Keep your bird count tallied on the updated and now downloadable Descanso Bird Checklist.
Connecting plants, animals and Descanso Gardens, Jessica Rath and curator Pamela Bailey Lewis present the first major survey of Rath’s contemporary works of art and her exploration of the human manipulation of agriculture and food production.
Please note that Sketching on Location is full.
Join artist Virginia Hein in this four-week art series to learn to sketch the varied landscapes of Descanso using a variety of media. Meets on four Saturdays from February 1–22 at Minka in the Japanese Garden.
$90 members, $120 non-members. Registration required. Please note that this program is non-refundable.
Image: © Virginia Hein