Calendar

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Mar
16
Sat
Origami Folding Demo @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Try your hand at the art of origami with help from experts at this drop-in activity. Meets from 11am–3pm on March 10, 16 and 17. No registration required.
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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.

Mar
17
Sun
Origami Folding Demo @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Try your hand at the art of origami with help from experts at this drop-in activity. Meets from 11am–3pm on March 10, 16 and 17. No registration required.
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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
13
Sat
Drop-in Nature Journaling @ Descanso Gardens
Apr 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Connect with nature through sketching and exploring with Drop-in Nature Journaling.

Apr
27
Sat
City Nature Challenge BioBlitz @ Descanso Gardens
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

A BioBlitz is a community event that focuses on identifying wildlife species in a specific place in a short amount of time. Come BioBlitz with us and contribute to the worldwide 2019 City Nature Challenge. Learn how to upload your photos to iNaturalist and add your discoveries to a growing map of nature in Los Angeles.

Free with admission. Advance registration required. Register online here, in person at the Descanso Gardens Visitor Center, or by phone at (818) 949-7980. 

May
11
Sat
Drop-in Nature Journaling @ Descanso Gardens
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Connect with nature through sketching and exploring with Drop-in Nature Journaling.

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.

 

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.

Oct
4
Fri
wanderPLAY @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Come connect with nature as you wander through the Rose Garden to breathtaking views at sunset. Musicians will be improvising mystical tones a long with other hidden interactive surprises. This is an opportunity for grown-ups to tap into their creative and playful side.
wanderPLAY explores human connection through meditation, dance, and movement. The only goal is to get lost — lost in time, in the moment, in your right brain and in your inner-child.
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Tickets are $20 for members, $30 for non-members. Advance registration required. Register online here, in person at the Descanso Gardens Visitor Center or by phone at (818) 949-7980. Please note that this program is non-refundable.
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