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Jan
14
Fri
Yoga @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 14 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Join us for an eight-week Friday yoga class with Joyce Shuman in the Rose Pavilion. This yoga class meets on Fridays from January 14 through March 4 from 8:30–10am. Each class includes a 25-minute fitness walk and 60-minute yoga practice.

Members only. $116 per participant, register here to join this class.

MEMBERS ONLY

Jan
15
Sat
{SOLD OUT} Basket Weaving Workshop @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Please note that the Basket Weaving Workshop is sold out

Artist Samantha M. Johnson will teach students to make their own round-reed basket to take home. Round reed baskets are starter baskets used to teach new weavers and children alike how to recognize a weaving pattern, work with natural materials and for advanced students how to start their own basket. 

Meets on the Boddy House Patio. $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Advance registration required.

About Samantha M. Johnson

Samantha M. Johnson grew up actively involved in the Gabrieleno Tongva Band of Mission Indians before going on to receive her Bachelors in Science at California State University at Long Beach Puvungna, and then her certificate in Science Illustration at Cal State Monterey. As a digital illustrator, animator, and traditional painter; she wants to bring to light the beautiful nature that Creator has put on this earth as well as the often unheard of culture of her tribe. Most recently she has used her skills to create an extensive environmental science curriculum for 4th and 5th grade based on our local California sage scrub ecosystem for Pitzer College. Currently, she is making an effort to bring awareness on social media to poached white sage in Southern California.

Jan
16
Sun
{SOLD OUT} Wellness Program: Renew @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 16 @ 2:00 pm
Please note that Wellness Program: Renew is sold out

Experience a sense of renewal forest bathing in the Oak Grove by using your senses to immerse in nature.

$20 for members, $25 for non members. Advance registration required.

About the Wellness Program series

This series highlights mindful experiences as an opportunity to slow down and find meaningful moments observing, immersing, and walking in nature. These one-hour sessions can be taken as a series or as a stand-alone session. 

This Wellness Program is led by Mariko Tu. Mariko is an educator specializing in mindfulness and meditation and has developed and led mindfulness programs at the Norton Simon Museum and Descanso Gardens.

Jan
22
Sat
{SOLD OUT} Yoga pop-up @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 22 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Yoga pop-up is sold out

Join us for a special pop-up yoga class led by Joyce Shuman on Saturday, January 22 from 8:30–10am in the Rose Garden. Rejuvenate your body and mind after a brisk, 25-minute garden walk, a 60-minute yoga breath and movement practice.

Meets in the Rose Pavilion. $20 members, $25 non-members. Advance registration required.

About Joyce Shuman

Joyce Shuman teaches yoga for all bodies; to support with mindful breath and movement that benefits individual movement and yoga practice.

Jan
23
Sun
{SOLD OUT} Wellness Program: Rejuvenate @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 23 @ 2:00 pm
Please note that Wellness Program: Rejuvenate is sold out

Rejuvenate your mind and body with a meditative walk through Descanso Gardens and set an intention for the year ahead.

$20 for members, $25 for non members. Advance registration required.

About the Wellness Program series

This series highlights mindful experiences as an opportunity to slow down and find meaningful moments observing, immersing, and walking in nature. These one-hour sessions can be taken as a series or as a stand-alone session. 

This Wellness Program is led by Mariko Tu. Mariko is an educator specializing in mindfulness and meditation and has developed and led mindfulness programs at the Norton Simon Museum and Descanso Gardens.

Feb
5
Sat
Haiku Activity @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Garden visitors are invited to add their own poems to a community-created haiku installation from February 5–27 as part of What Blossoms: A Poetic Celebration of Camellias.

Free with admission, no advance registration required.


What Blossoms: A Poetic Celebration of Camellias

Celebrate camellias and poetry throughout the month of February at Descanso Gardens.

Camellias can bloom in our coldest and darkest winter season. These brilliant flowers, native to Asia, contain stories of resilience, hope, loss and ingenuity. Descanso supports one of the largest collections of camellias in North America, with more than 3,500 known and recorded plants, representing over 600 varieties.

In collaboration with accomplished poets Amy Uyematsu and Peter Levitt, Descanso is pleased to offer a series of programs that invite exploration, reflection, and participation.

Poetry Reading @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Poets from around the Los Angeles area come together on Saturday, February 5 to share poems about nature. Moderated by author and historian Naomi Hirahara, and featuring poets Traci Kato-Kiriyama, Kenji Liu, Phoebe MacAdams, Mariano Zaro and Gloria Alvarez, the reading will conclude with an invitation for program attendees to join a mini-workshop on writing haiku.

Meets at the Amphitheater next to the Main Lawn. Free with admission, no advance registration required.


What Blossoms: A Poetic Celebration of Camellias

Celebrate camellias and poetry throughout the month of February at Descanso Gardens.

Camellias can bloom in our coldest and darkest winter season. These brilliant flowers, native to Asia, contain stories of resilience, hope, loss and ingenuity. Descanso supports one of the largest collections of camellias in North America, with more than 3,500 known and recorded plants, representing over 600 varieties.

In collaboration with accomplished poets Amy Uyematsu and Peter Levitt, Descanso is pleased to offer a series of programs that invite exploration, reflection, and participation.

Feb
12
Sat
Haiku Walk & Workshop @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for the Haiku Walk & Workshop on Saturday, February 12 from 10:30am–12pm. Led by haiku poet Debbie Kolodji, this workshop will include time to walk in the garden and be inspired by the camellias and instruction on writing the traditional Japanese three-line poem.

Meets at the Amphitheater next to the Main Lawn. Free with admission, no advance registration required.


What Blossoms: A Poetic Celebration of Camellias

Celebrate camellias and poetry throughout the month of February at Descanso Gardens.

Camellias can bloom in our coldest and darkest winter season. These brilliant flowers, native to Asia, contain stories of resilience, hope, loss and ingenuity. Descanso supports one of the largest collections of camellias in North America, with more than 3,500 known and recorded plants, representing over 600 varieties.

In collaboration with accomplished poets Amy Uyematsu and Peter Levitt, Descanso is pleased to offer a series of programs that invite exploration, reflection, and participation.

Feb
27
Sun
Camellia Tours @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 27 @ 1:00 pm

Join Dr. Brad King (President of Southern California Camellia Society) and Jim Fitzpatrick (Vice President of Southern California Camellia Society) on tours of the Camellia Forest on Sunday, February 27 at 1pm or 3pm.

Before or after the walk, you are welcome to visit the Southern California Camellia Council show in Van De Kamp Hall (9am–4:30pm).

 

Camellia Flower Arranging Demo @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 27 @ 2:00 pm

Join us in the Visitor Center courtyard as George Harrison (President of Pacific Camellia Society) leads a flower arranging demonstration featuring camellias.

Before or after the demonstration, you are welcome to visit the Southern California Camellia Council show in Van De Kamp Hall (9am–4:30pm).