Calendar

Please note that Descanso Gardens is closed until further notice.

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Jan
18
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 18 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Get hands-on gardening experience and help care for Descanso at this volunteer opportunity. Instruction will be provided and work will be supervised by Descanso horticulture staff. This is a great opportunity for individuals, friends, and organizations.
 
· All experience levels welcome.
· Ages 16 or older.
· Bring gardening gloves.
· Limited Space Available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Thursday, January 16. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
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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Feb
8
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 8 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
For the Community Service Day on February 22, click here.
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Get hands-on gardening experience and help care for our fruit trees at this volunteer opportunity. Instruction will be provided and work will be supervised by Descanso horticulture staff. This is a great opportunity for individuals, friends, and organizations.
 
· All experience levels welcome.
· Ages 16 or older.
· Remember to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Please bring gardening gloves, water and a hat.
· Limited Space Available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Thursday, February 6. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Student Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Get volunteer hours for school and help care for the Gardens at this student volunteer opportunity. Instruction will be provided and work will be supervised by Descanso horticulture staff. This is a great opportunity for individuals, friends, and organizations.
 
· All experience levels welcome.
· Ages 12-15
· Adult chaperones welcome
· Limited Space Available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Thursday, February 6. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Feb
22
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 22 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Help us make the new front-drive garden beautiful by planting shrubs, grasses and flowers to establish areas of shrub border and meadow. Instruction will be provided and work will be supervised by Descanso horticulture staff. This is a great opportunity for individuals, friends, and organizations.
 
· All experience levels welcome.
· Ages 16 or older.
· Remember to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Please bring gardening gloves, water and a hat.
· Limited Space Available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Thursday, February 20. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Mar
7
Sat
Cultivate: Nature Sounds & Wildlife @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 7 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Bask in the early tulip blooms and cherry blossoms at Cultivate: Nature Sounds & Wildlife on March 7. Learn about the wildlife that surrounds us with nature talks, displays, and a special performance of “BEE SONG” during a night of discovery.

$5 members, $15 non-members. Advance registration required. Register online here.

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SCHEDULE

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Main Lawn
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  • “BEE SONG” | 5:45, 6:30 & 7:15pm
    The world-renowned Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir from California State University, Long Beach performs a special arrangement of “BEE SONG” by composer Robert Hoehn. Written for the Resonant Nest, part of the exhibition in the Sturt Haaga Gallery, this 15-minute score was inspired by the daily activity of a bumblebee colony.
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  • Native Plant Display | 5:30–8pm
    Learn all about bee-friendly plants and chat with experts about our local native bees.
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  • Pollinator Craft | 5:30–8pm
    Enjoy a hands-on activity inspired by the plants and insects around us.
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  • The Kitchen at Descanso Food and Drink | 5:30–8pm
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Hilltop Gardens
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  • Nature Talks by Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy  | 6, 6:30 & 7pm
    Learn all about the urban wildlife in our city, hear from experts about motion-sensor camera trapping and more.
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  • Sturt Haaga Gallery, fruiting bodies exhibition open | 5:30-8:15pm
    The Gallery stays open late for you to explore.
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  • PLAY evolution | 6–6:20, 6:40–7, 7:20–7:40 & 8–8:20pm
    Embark on an adventure with PLAY and tap into your most child-like self. Each participant will be given a set of silent dj headphones, and will be guided to explore, move and make noise.
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  • The Kitchen at Descanso Food and Drink | 5:30–8pm
Mar
13
Fri
{CANCELED} Spring Bloom Walks @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 13 @ 1:00 pm

Please note that the Spring Bloom Walks are canceled through May 9.

Stroll through the gardens and learn about cherry blossoms, flowering trees, and other seasonal favorites on these guided walks. Meets on Fridays and Saturdays, March 6–May 9. Friday walks meet at 1pm, Saturday walks meet at 11am and 1pm.

Please note that the Spring Bloom Walks are subject to availability and may be canceled due to weather.

Mar
14
Sat
{CANCELED} Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 14 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Please note that Community Service Day is canceled.
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For Community Service Day on March 28, click here.
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Help plant the new front drive entry garden at this volunteer opportunity. Instruction will be provided and work will be supervised by Descanso horticulture staff. This is a great opportunity for individuals, friends, and organizations.
 
· All experience levels welcome.
· Ages 16 or older.
· Bring gardening gloves.
· Limited Space Available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Thursday, March 12. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
{CANCELED} Student Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Please note that Student Community Service Day is canceled.
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Get volunteer hours for school and help care for the Gardens at this student volunteer opportunity. Instruction will be provided and work will be supervised by Descanso horticulture staff. This is a great opportunity for individuals, friends, and organizations.
 
· All experience levels welcome.
· Ages 12-15.
· Bring gardening gloves.
· Adult chaperones welcome.
· Limited Space Available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Thursday, March 12. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
{CANCELED} Drop-in Origami @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Please note that Drop-in Origami is canceled.
Try your hand at the art of origami with help from experts at this drop-in activity at Minka in the Japanese Garden. Meets from 11am–3pm on March 14 and 15. No registration required.
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