Calendar

Please note that Descanso Gardens is closed until further notice.

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Jan
29
Tue
Little Owls Reading Nest @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 29 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Little Owls Reading Nest @ Descanso Gardens | La Cañada Flintridge | California | United States

Bring your little owlets 2 and older for an enchanting nature-themed story time at Magnolia Lawn.

Feb
1
Fri
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

Feb
2
Sat
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.

Feb
5
Tue
Little Owls Reading Nest @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Little Owls Reading Nest @ Descanso Gardens | La Cañada Flintridge | California | United States

Bring your little owlets 2 and older for an enchanting nature-themed story time at Magnolia Lawn.

Feb
8
Fri
“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.

MEMBERS ONLY.

 

Feb
9
Sat
“Unusual Views” Member Preview @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 9 @ 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.

MEMBERS ONLY.

 

SOLD OUT // Night Garden: Campfire Stories @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please note that Night Garden: Campfire Stories is sold out.

Bundle up, enjoy live music and discover what happens in the Gardens after dark. Warm up with hot chocolate, grilled cheese and soup in the crisp night air. Take a tour and dance to music amidst the flowers. Let your inner science geek go free and enjoy nature in a new way.

$5 members; $15 nonmembers. Check out other nights in the series here.


Crafting
| 5:30–8pm
Rose Pavilion
Join us for a fun, hands-on activity for all ages.

Food for Purchase by Patina | 5:30–8pm
Main menu at the Boddy Lodge by the Lake, snacks available in the Rose Garden
Enjoy delicious hot chocolate, s’mores and more.

Live Insect Viewing | 5:30–8pm
Lakeside Lookout
Discover the insects that call Descanso home after dark. Descanso horticulture staff will lead an interactive, drop-in activity.

Live Music: Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band | 6:30–8pm
Rose Garden
This lively fiddle, mandolin and guitar trio will play a variety of tunes under the night sky.

Shadow Puppet Theater | 6pm, 6:15pm, 8pm & 8:15pm
Rose Pavilion
Using beautiful handmade shadow puppets, master puppeteer Leslie K. Gray will perform Chase the Kangaroo, a story that explores how the world is a beautiful place.

Star Talks | 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm
Boddy Lodge by the Lake
Learn about winter-time constellations, identifying night sky-objects and more in these 20-minute Star Talks.

Wildlife Information Station | 6–8pm
Rose Pavilion
Learn more about local wildlife like mountain lions, bears, and more. Tim Martinez, Program Administrator for the Arroyos and Foothills Conversancy, will answer your questions about wildlife in our area.

Feb
10
Sun
“Unusual Views” Member Preview @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 10 @ 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.

MEMBERS ONLY.

 

Feb
11
Mon
“Unusual Views” Public Opening @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Unusual Views begins its run in the Sturt Haaga Gallery from February 10 until June 9, 2019.