Cool Camellia Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate our iconic camellia collection during peak blooming season on Saturday and Sunday, January 12 & 13. Enjoy crafting, live music, walks and more among these blooming winter beauties. Included in the price of regular Descanso Gardens admission, no reservations required.

Camellia Crafting
10am – 2pm both days
Make your own camellia-inspired craft to take home.

Elixir Piano Trio
11:30am & 12:30pm both days
This dynamic trio performs traditional and modern music with classical, folk and jazz influences.

Camellia Walks
2pm Saturday & 1 & 3pm Sunday
Join camellia experts for a tour of Descanso’s collection on Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm. The Southern California Camellia Society President will offer a tour of the camellia show on Sunday at 3pm.

Camellia Demonstrations
1pm Saturday & 2pm Sunday
Steve Medford demonstrates pruning camellia plants on Saturday, and George Harrison will lead a camellia arranging demonstration on Sunday.

Pacific Camellia Society Show @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

For more information and for additional show information, click here.


Southern California Camellia Society Show @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Southern California Camellia Society Show @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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SOLD OUT: Woodland Animal Felting Workshop @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Please note that the Woodland Animal Felting Workshop is sold out.

Join instructor Coco Howard for a fun introduction to needle felting. Learn beginning hand sewing and needle felting techniques to create little felted woodland animals and perfect woolen pockets pals.

Ages 5 and older. Children under 14 require an accompanying adult. Cost includes materials for one project per child. $40 members; $45 nonmembers. Advanced registration required.

Member Bird Walk @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 27 @ 8:00 am

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.


Garden Sprouts @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am

Four Fridays from February 1–22. Meets in the Harvest Garden.

Garden Sprouts is a grownup and child (ages 2-4) class where the seeds of love for nature are planted and nurtured. Children and adults participate in story time, songs, hands-on nature, science, art, and gardening activities, as well as prepare a healthy snack together. All activities are designed specifically for children’s fine and gross motor skills and social development.   

$40 members; $48 nonmembers; Pre-registration required. Register online here, in person at the Descanso Gardens Visitor Center or by phone at (818) 949-7980.

Toddler Treks

Sketching on Location @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Meets on four Saturdays from February 2–23 at Minka in the Japanese Garden.

Join artist Virginia Hein in this four-week series where you’ll learn to sketch the varied landscapes of Descanso using a variety of media.

$90 members, $120 nonmembers. Registration required, register here.

Image: © Virginia Hein

Little Explorers @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Explore Descanso Gardens from the ground up with your children ages 2 to 5. On the first Saturday of the month, Little Explorers will encourage kids to use their senses to discover the natural world through hands-on activities.

Free with admission. No registration required.

“Unusual Views” Member Preview @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Descanso Gardens members get an early look at the Unusual Views exhibition in the Sturt Haaga Gallery from 10am to 4pm, February 8–10.