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Feb
11
Tue
Wellness Walk @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 11 @ 8:30 am

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.

Members only

Feb
18
Tue
Free Tuesday {Tickets Required} @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 18 @ 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 February 18 will be available on Tuesday, January 28 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.
Feb
22
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 22 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Help us make the new front-drive garden beautiful by planting shrubs, grasses and flowers to establish areas of shrub border and meadow. 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 20. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Feb
23
Sun
Member Bird Walk @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 23 @ 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

Feb
29
Sat
Forages with nance klehm @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 29 @ 10:00 am

To see the 2pm plant forage, click here.

In conjunction with fruiting bodies at the Sturt Haaga Gallery, ecological systems engineer nance klehm will lead a plant forage on Saturday, February 29. $20 members, $30 non-members. Advance registration required, register here.

Both humans and pollinators have forged strong relationships with some of the same perennial and woody plants. During this forage, we will encounter and learn about flowering plants visited by native bees and their shared history with humans for food and medicine. The walk will end with a foraged herbal tea and light foraged snack.

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

Forages with nance klehm @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 29 @ 2:00 pm

In conjunction with fruiting bodies at the Sturt Haaga Gallery, ecological systems engineer nance klehm will lead a plant forage on Saturday, February 29. $20 members, $30 non-members. Advance registration required, register here.

Both humans and pollinators have forged strong relationships with some of the same perennial and woody plants. During this forage, we will encounter and learn about flowering plants visited by native bees and their shared history with humans for food and medicine. The walk will end with a foraged herbal tea and light foraged snack.

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

Mar
1
Sun
{SOLD OUT} Forages with nance klehm @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 1 @ 10:00 am

Please note that Forages with nance klehm on March 1 is sold out.

In conjunction with fruiting bodies at the Sturt Haaga Gallery, ecological systems engineer nance klehm will lead a beginner’s mushroom walk on Sunday, March 1. $20 members, $30 non-members. Advance registration required.

Explore the native Oak Woodland for mycelium and fruiting bodies of mushrooms. Learn the life cycle of fungi and how to identify mushroom species. The walk will end with a mushroom tea.

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

Mar
7
Sat
Little Explorers @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 7 @ 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.

{CANCELED} Shakespeare in the Garden @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 7 @ 2:00 pm

Please note that Shakespeare in the Garden is canceled until March 31. 

Ensemble Shakespeare Theater returns with performances amongst Descanso’s spring blooms every Saturday and Sunday in March and April. This fun, funny, moving production will travel to peak bloom spots as the season changes, showcasing a blooming botanical backdrop for your favorite Shakespeare scenes. Meets at Center Circle.

No registration required. Included in the price of regular admission. Free to Descanso Gardens members. Please note that this program does not meet on Sunday, April 12.

 

 

Cultivate: Nature Sounds & Wildlife @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 7 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Bask in the early tulip blooms and cherry blossoms at Cultivate: Nature Sounds & Wildlife on March 7. Learn about the wildlife that surrounds us with nature talks, displays, and a special performance of “BEE SONG” during a night of discovery.

$5 members, $15 non-members. Advance registration required. Register online here.

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SCHEDULE

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Main Lawn
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  • “BEE SONG” | 5:45, 6:30 & 7:15pm
    The world-renowned Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir from California State University, Long Beach performs a special arrangement of “BEE SONG” by composer Robert Hoehn. Written for the Resonant Nest, part of the exhibition in the Sturt Haaga Gallery, this 15-minute score was inspired by the daily activity of a bumblebee colony.
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  • Native Plant Display | 5:30–8pm
    Learn all about bee-friendly plants and chat with experts about our local native bees.
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  • Pollinator Craft | 5:30–8pm
    Enjoy a hands-on activity inspired by the plants and insects around us.
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  • The Kitchen at Descanso Food and Drink | 5:30–8pm
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Hilltop Gardens
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  • Nature Talks by Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy  | 6, 6:30 & 7pm
    Learn all about the urban wildlife in our city, hear from experts about motion-sensor camera trapping and more.
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  • Sturt Haaga Gallery, fruiting bodies exhibition open | 5:30-8:15pm
    The Gallery stays open late for you to explore.
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  • PLAY evolution | 6–6:20, 6:40–7, 7:20–7:40 & 8–8:20pm
    Embark on an adventure with PLAY and tap into your most child-like self. Each participant will be given a set of silent dj headphones, and will be guided to explore, move and make noise.
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  • The Kitchen at Descanso Food and Drink | 5:30–8pm