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Jan
21
Tue
Free Tuesday {Tickets Required} @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

To join us on Free Tuesday, you will need advance tickets.

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Tickets for Free Tuesday on January 21 will be available on Tuesday, December 31 at 10am.


Please note:

  • 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 grouptours@descansogardens.org or (818) 949-4202.
Jan
25
Sat
Museums Free-for-All @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Descanso Gardens opens its doors for Museums Free-for-All and invites visitors to explore the Gardens free of charge.

Get into Descanso faster with online ticketsPlease note that free admission is applied at checkout when reserving tickets online.

Jan
26
Sun
Member Bird Walk @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 26 @ 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.

MEMBERS ONLY

“fruiting bodies” Walk-through @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for a walk-through of fruiting bodies with artist Jessica Rath at the Sturt Haaga Gallery on Sunday, January 26 from 1–3pm.

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.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture.

Feb
1
Sat
{FULL} Sketching on Location @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

Little Explorers @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 1 @ 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.

Cultivate: Stories in the Stars @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Feed your curiosity about science, nature and plants during our new Cultivate series. On Saturday, February 1, bring your flashlight and bundle up after dark for Cultivate: Stories in the Stars. See a performance by Leslie K. Gray featuring her enchanting shadow puppetry. Learn about the stars and constellations and enjoy music, food, crafts, and discovery in the garden after the sun has set.

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$5 members, $15 non-members. Advance tickets required. Get your tickets here.

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SCHEDULE

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Rose Garden

  • Star Talks
    • 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30 & 8pm
  • Star Gazing
    • 5:30–8pm
  • Concession Stand
    • 5:30–8pm
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Promenade

  • Live Music with Hana Hibiki Duo (Koto & Shakuhachi)
    •  5:45–6:45pm & 7:15–8:15pm
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Van de Kamp Hall

  • Shadow Puppet Shows with Leslie K. Gray
    • 6–6:15pm, 6:45–7pm, 7:30–7:45pm
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Magnolia Lawn

  • Star Crafting
    • 5:30–8pm

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Feb
7
Fri
{FULL} Garden Sprouts @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am

Please note that Garden Sprouts is full.

Meets on four Fridays from February 7–28.

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. Advanced registration required. Please note that this program is non-refundable.

Toddler Treks

Feb
8
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 8 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
For the Community Service Day on February 22, click here.
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Get hands-on gardening experience and help care for our fruit trees at this volunteer opportunity. Instruction will be provided and work will be supervised by Descanso horticulture staff. This is a great opportunity for individuals, friends, and organizations.
 
· All experience levels welcome.
· Ages 16 or older.
· Remember to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Please bring gardening gloves, water and a hat.
· Limited Space Available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Thursday, February 6. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Student Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Get volunteer hours for school and help care for the Gardens at this student volunteer opportunity. Instruction will be provided and work will be supervised by Descanso horticulture staff. This is a great opportunity for individuals, friends, and organizations.
 
· All experience levels welcome.
· Ages 12-15
· Adult chaperones welcome
· Limited Space Available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Thursday, February 6. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.