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Aug
17
Sat
{SOLD OUT} A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Please note that tickets are sold out to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Ensemble Shakespeare Theater returns to Descanso for a fully immersive theater production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bring your running shoes, as this experience will have you chasing through the Gardens to follow fighting lovers, dancing fairies, and a bewildered donkey, on an adventure filled with laughter and love.

$25 members, $35 non-members. Advance tickets required. Please note that this program is non-refundable.

 

Aug
18
Sun
Drop-in Art with Carole Kim @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Work with artist Carole Kim to make your own pieces of art with foraged material. All ages welcome. Meets in the studio of the Boddy House each Sunday this August from 1–3pm.

Carole Kim‘s exhibition, Shine a Light, is currently on view at the Sturt Haaga Gallery.

 

Aug
20
Tue
Free Tuesday {Tickets Required} @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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


Descanso Gardens opens its gates for free the third Tuesday of every month, and the response has been great. So great, that in order to ensure a great experience for visitors, advance tickets are now required for all non–members on Free Tuesday. Tickets for Free Tuesday on August 20 will be available at Tuesday, July 30 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. Reservations for Free Tuesday on August 20 will begin on July 30 at 10am. 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.
Aug
23
Fri
{SOLD OUT} A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Please note that tickets are sold out to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Ensemble Shakespeare Theater returns to Descanso for a fully immersive theater production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bring your running shoes, as this experience will have you chasing through the Gardens to follow fighting lovers, dancing fairies, and a bewildered donkey, on an adventure filled with laughter and love.

$25 members, $35 non-members. Advance tickets required. Please note that this program is non-refundable.

 

Aug
24
Sat
{SOLD OUT} A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Please note that tickets are sold out to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Ensemble Shakespeare Theater returns to Descanso for a fully immersive theater production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bring your running shoes, as this experience will have you chasing through the Gardens to follow fighting lovers, dancing fairies, and a bewildered donkey, on an adventure filled with laughter and love.

$25 members, $35 non-members. Advance tickets required. Please note that this program is non-refundable.

 

Aug
25
Sun
Member Bird Walk @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 25 @ 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

Drop-in Art with Carole Kim @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Work with artist Carole Kim to make your own pieces of art with foraged material. All ages welcome. Meets in the studio of the Boddy House each Sunday this August from 1–3pm.

Carole Kim‘s exhibition, Shine a Light, is currently on view at the Sturt Haaga Gallery.

 

Aug
28
Wed
{SOLD OUT} End of Summer Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 28 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Please note that the End of Summer Celebration is sold out.

The gardens stay open extra late for the End of Summer Celebration. Grab a cold drink and relax to the tunes of the The Flashdance DJswander through the gardens to the sounds of live music. Enjoy the sunset, then end the night with some stargazing in the Oak Woodland. Bring your own flashlight! 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.

Schedule:

  • The Flashdance DJs | 5:30–10pm
  • Crafting | 5:30–9:30pm
  • Barbecue and Drinks by Patina | 5:30–9pm
  • Live Music | 6–8pm
  • “Bark” performance by Carole Kim | 8–10pm
    • Descanso’s artist-in-residence is joined by Ursula Brookbank, Odeya Nina, and Laura Steenberge for a durational collaborative performance.
  • Stargazing | 8:30–9:30pm
    • See the night sky through a telescope with the help of the Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers.
Sep
10
Tue
Wellness Walk @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 10 @ 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

Sep
14
Sat
Oak Woodland: 5 Year Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

In Fall 2014, we opened the Oak Woodland, which transformed an uncultivated behind-the-scenes area into seven additional acres of native plant garden. Join us to learn more about the iconic trees that dot the landscape, and celebrate five years of this beautiful part of Descanso.

Entry to the Oak Woodland: 5 Year Celebration is included in the price of regular Descanso Gardens admission.

Oak Tree Talk with Emily Han | 10am
While sitting under a canopy of oaks, learn about these essential and majestic California trees from herbalist, educator and author, Emily Han.

Wildflower Seed Search | 10am–1pm
Fall is the best time to plant California wildflower seeds. Pick up a wildflower map at the Information Station that will guide you Seed Stations in the garden. Visit the Seed Stations and make your own wildflower seed packet to take home.

Foothill Municipal Water District Information Table | 10am–1pm
Learn about water-wise practices, local rebates for your home and more.

Oak Woodland Highlight Tour | 1pm
Take a guided walk of the Oak Woodland to learn about the different plants and animals that thrive here.