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Sep
7
Sat
Little Explorers @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 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.

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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Oct
5
Sat
Little Explorers @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 5 @ 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.

Oct
12
Sat
Japanese Garden Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate Japanese art and culture at this annual celebration set in our Japanese Garden. Activities included in the price of regular admission.

Ikebana Display | 9am – 5pm
View examples of ikebana, the art of flower arranging, from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.

Taiko Drummers | 11:30am & 1:30pm
Kishin Daiko drummers perform heart-pounding feats of percussion.

Crafting | 10am – 1pm
Create your own work of art inspired by the Japanese Garden.

Photo © Martha Benedict

Oct
13
Sun
Japanese Garden Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate Japanese art and culture at this annual celebration set in our Japanese Garden. Activities included in the price of regular admission.

Ikebana Display | 9am – 5pm
View examples of ikebana, the art of flower arranging, from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.

Taiko Drummers | 11:30am & 1:30pm
Kishin Daiko drummers perform heart-pounding feats of percussion.

Crafting | 10am – 1pm
Create your own work of art inspired by the Japanese Garden.

Photo © Martha Benedict

Oct
23
Wed
Carved @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
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TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT

There are no more tickets available
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For five evenings only, 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 100 pounds—will line a path through the Camellia Forest. The one-mile walk features expertly carved real pumpkins and live carving demonstrations. Carved runs from October 23–27, 6:30–10:30pm.

Tickets are $25 each for Descanso Gardens members and $30 each for non-members. Sell out is likely.

 

Oct
24
Thu
Carved @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
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TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT

There are no more tickets available
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For five evenings only, 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 100 pounds—will line a path through the Camellia Forest. The one-mile walk features expertly carved real pumpkins and live carving demonstrations. Carved runs from October 23–27, 6:30–10:30pm.

Tickets are $25 each for Descanso Gardens members and $30 each for non-members. Sell out is likely.

 

Oct
25
Fri
{FULL} Garden Sprouts @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Please note that Garden Sprouts is full.

Join us on four Fridays from October 25–November 15. 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 non-members. Registration required.

Toddler Treks

Carved @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
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TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT

There are no more tickets available
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For five evenings only, 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 100 pounds—will line a path through the Camellia Forest. The one-mile walk features expertly carved real pumpkins and live carving demonstrations. Carved runs from October 23–27, 6:30–10:30pm.

Tickets are $25 each for Descanso Gardens members and $30 each for non-members. Sell out is likely.