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Jan
13
Sun
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.

Feb
9
Sat
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.

Mar
2
Sat
Daniel Ho Trio @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 2 @ 11:30 am
Six-time GRAMMY winner Daniel Ho performs with his trio featuring bassist Steve Billman and drummer/percussionist Randy Drake.
Mar
3
Sun
Daniel Ho Trio @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 3 @ 11:30 am
Six-time GRAMMY winner Daniel Ho performs with his trio featuring bassist Steve Billman and drummer/percussionist Randy Drake.
Mar
16
Sat
SOLD OUT // Night Garden: Plant Power @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please note that Night Garden: Plant Power is sold out.

Our new series continues with Night Garden: Plant Power on Saturday, March 16. Join us for relaxing activities that will help you understand the amazing potential of the living things that grow all around us.

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


Magnolia Lawn

Essential Oils | 5:30–7:30pm
Sample essential oils and learn the many benefits of these botanical scents.

Main Lawn

Garden Yoga | 5:30–7:30pm
Learn some simple, standing yoga poses that are inspired by nature.

Flower Sachets | 5:30–8:30pm
Make your own potpourri to take home.

Healing and Wellness Talk and Walk | 6–6:45pm
Join Dr. Kendall Brown for a discussion about how Japanese gardens can be used as healing and wellness spaces. Immediately following the talk, join Dr. Brown for a walk to the Japanese Garden.

Patina Concession Stand | 5:30–8:30pm
Enjoy food and drinks available for purchase.

Camellia Forest

Sound Bath | 5:30–8pm
Surround yourself with the calming but powerful sounds of singing bowls in the camellia forest.

Moonlight Meditation | 6–6:30pm & 7–7:30pm
Join us for a guided meditation session and experience the benefits of practicing mindfulness in nature.

Oak Grove

Flower Petal Art | 5:30–8:30pm
Add flower petals to our community art project.

Live Music | 5:45–8:15pm
Enjoy live music by the jazz taiko fusion group, Tadaima.

Patina Pop-Up | 5:30–8pm
Snacks and drinks available for purchase.

Apr
6
Sat
SOLD OUT // Night Garden: LA Blooms! @ Descanso Gardens
Apr 6 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please note that Night Garden: LA Blooms! is sold out.

Celebrate the variety and beauty of flowers. Wear your best florals, or maybe a garden party hat, and enjoy blossoms – real and imagined – in full bloom. Let your inner science geek go free and enjoy nature in a new way.

$5 members; $15 nonmembers. Advance tickets required.

 

Magnolia Lawn

DIY Flower Crowns | 5:30–8:30pm
Create your own flower crown using fresh flowers and greenery.

Rose Garden

Drop-in Sketching | 5:30–8:30pm
Borrow a sketchbook and be inspired by the blooms around you.

Flower Mask Photo-op | 5:30–8pm
Try on floral masks and head pieces created by artist Felisa Funes and take your picture in front of a blooming backdrop.

Live Music: Ikat Quartet | 5:45–6:45pm, 7:15–8:15pm
Enjoy live music by this contemporary classical guitar quartet.

Poetry Improv Duels with Melrose Poetry Bureau | 6–6:30pm and 7–7:30pm
Give words and topics to Melrose Poetry Bureau to use for on-the-spot interactive poetry duels.

Patina Concession Stand | 5:30–8pm
Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Nature’s Table

Container Gardening Demos | 5:45pm, 6:15pm, 6:45pm
Learn expert tips about container gardening from Descanso’s horticulture staff.

Promenade

Patina Pop-up | 5:30–8pm
Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

Apr
19
Fri
{SOLD OUT} Members-Only Spring Evening @ Descanso Gardens
Apr 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please note that the Members-Only Spring Evening is sold out.

Enjoy the beauty of Descanso after hours on this special night just for members. Free with membership, advance registration required.

Spring Bloom Walks
5:45 & 6:15pm
Take a guided walk that showcases spring bloom.

Abe Lagrimas Jr. Trio Performs
5:45 – 7:15pm
Enjoy a unique blend of Hawaiian, folk and contemporary music.

May
18
Sat
SOLD OUT // Night Garden: Science Quest @ Descanso Gardens
May 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please note that Night Garden: Science Quest is sold out.

Discover how scientists explore the world around us– from whats in your backyard to what’s happening in outer space. Learn about space exploration from JPL and Carnegie Observatories, talk to experts from San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, and find out more about the pollinators that help make our garden bloom. Grab dinner and a drink, enjoy the sunset, and wander the gardens as the Flashdance DJs spin all-vinyl sets of tunes.

$5 members; $15 nonmembers. Advance tickets required.

Rose Garden

JPL Display | 5:30–8:30pm
Talk to scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and learn about space exploration.

Planetarium Shows *limited space available | 5:40, 6:10, 6:40, 7:10, 7:40 & 8:10pm
Experience Carnegie Observatories‘ inflatable planetarium. Timed tickets available at the Rose Garden Pavilion beginning at 5:30. Participants must be able to sit on the ground for 20 minutes. Space extremely limited and is first-come, first-served.

Astronomy Talks | 6:30, 7 & 7:30pm
Learn about gravitational wave astronomy with Carnegie Observatories scientist, Dr. Philip Cowperthwaite.

Patina Concession Stand | 5:30–8pm
Food and drinks available for purchase.

Promenade

Bee Discovery Display | 5:30–8:30pm
Learn about the relationship between flowers and bees at this interactive display created by Descanso’s Native Garden Horticulturist, Layla Valenzuela.

Microscopes and Magnifiers Station | 5:30–8:30pm
Try out these scientific tools to get a closer look at nature.

Oak Grove

The Weaving Project | 5:30–7:30pm
Explore connections between art and our natural world. Together with artist Ben Allanoff, weave a community sculpture using sticks and natural materials. Stop by after 7:30 to view the finished project.

Flash Dance DJs | 5:30–8:15pm
The Flash Dance DJs spin an all vinyl set under the oaks.

San Fernando Valley Audubon Society | 5:30–7:30pm
Chat with experts from the Audubon Society and learn all about the birds that call Southern California home.

Patina Concession Stand | 5:30–8pm
Food and drinks available for purchase.

 

Jun
6
Thu
{SOLD OUT} Music on the Main: Louie Cruz Beltran @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Please note that tickets are sold out.

Our Music on the Main series opens with Louie Cruz Beltran, blending Afro Cuban rhythms with soaring vocals, pop, jazz, R&B and Latin influencesAdvance tickets required.

Please note that tickets are limited to 6 per household; those reserving more than 6 tickets will have all additional tickets invalidated.

Bring a picnic or order a summer picnic box from Patina. Lawn chairs are allowed and lawn seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Jun
13
Thu
{SOLD OUT} Music on the Main: The Katie Thiroux Trio @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Please note that tickets are sold out.

Music on the Main continues with The Katie Thiroux Trio, offering in-the-moment jazz that draws upon the rich history of the music, from swing to bebop and beyond. Advance tickets required.

Please note that tickets are limited to 6 per household; those reserving more than 6 tickets will have all additional tickets invalidated.

Bring a picnic or order a summer picnic box from Patina. Lawn chairs are allowed and lawn seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.