Calendar

Please note that Descanso Gardens is closed until further notice.

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Aug
25
Sun
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
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
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

Nov
17
Sun
{SOLD OUT} Enchanted Forest of Light @ Descanso Gardens
Nov 17 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Please note: Enchanted Forest of Light is sold out. There are no more tickets available.

Experience the wonder of Enchanted Forest of Light from November 17 to January 5. New this year is contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin’s magical “stained glass” creation which will grace Descanso’s Mulberry Pond. Popular favorites returning include the Ancient Forest, Flower Power, and “Celestial Shadows” by HYBYCOZO.

Enchanted is a rain-or-shine event. Tickets are non-refundable, have timed entry and must be purchased in advance. See our FAQs about Enchanted here.

 

Nov
23
Sat
Boddy House Holiday Display @ Descanso Gardens
Nov 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Boddy House will be seasonally decorated from November 23 to January 6. Enjoy festive displays that celebrate the textures, scents and colors of beautiful winter botanicals. You just might be inspired to switch up your own seasonal décor!

The Boddy House is open 10am – 4pm daily.

 

Jan
11
Sat
Cool Camellia Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate our iconic camellia collection during peak blooming season on Saturday and Sunday, January 11 and 12. Enjoy crafting, walks and more among these blooming winter beauties. Included in the price of regular Descanso Gardens admission, no reservations required.

Camellia Crafting
10am – 2pm
Make your own camellia-inspired craft to take home.

Camellia Demonstrations
1pm
Steve Medford demonstrates pruning camellia plants on Saturday, and George Harrison will lead a floral arranging demonstration on Sunday.

Camellia Walks
2pm
Join camellia experts from the Southern California Camellia Society for a tour of Descanso’s collection at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Dr. Bradford King will lead the walk on Saturday, and James Fitzpatrick will lead the walk on Sunday.

Jan
12
Sun
Cool Camellia Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate our iconic camellia collection during peak blooming season on Saturday and Sunday, January 11 and 12. Enjoy crafting, walks and more among these blooming winter beauties. Included in the price of regular Descanso Gardens admission, no reservations required.

Camellia Crafting
10am – 2pm
Make your own camellia-inspired craft to take home.

Camellia Demonstrations
1pm
Steve Medford demonstrates pruning camellia plants on Saturday, and George Harrison will lead a floral arranging demonstration on Sunday.

Camellia Walks
2pm
Join camellia experts from the Southern California Camellia Society for a tour of Descanso’s collection at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Dr. Bradford King will lead the walk on Saturday, and James Fitzpatrick will lead the walk on Sunday.

Feb
1
Sat
Cultivate: Stories in the Stars @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Feed your curiosity about science, nature and plants during our new Cultivate series. On Saturday, February 1, bring your flashlight and bundle up after dark for Cultivate: Stories in the Stars. See a performance by Leslie K. Gray featuring her enchanting shadow puppetry. Learn about the stars and constellations and enjoy music, food, crafts, and discovery in the garden after the sun has set.

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$5 members, $15 non-members. Advance tickets required. Get your tickets here.

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SCHEDULE

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Rose Garden

  • Star Talks
    • 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30 & 8pm
  • Star Gazing
    • 5:30–8pm
  • Concession Stand
    • 5:30–8pm
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Promenade

  • Live Music with Hana Hibiki Duo (Koto & Shakuhachi)
    •  5:45–6:45pm & 7:15–8:15pm
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Van de Kamp Hall

  • Shadow Puppet Shows with Leslie K. Gray
    • 6–6:15pm, 6:45–7pm, 7:30–7:45pm
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Magnolia Lawn

  • Star Crafting
    • 5:30–8pm

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