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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.

Jan
19
Sun
Peace Tree Ceremony @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am

On Sunday, January 19 at 10am, two “Hiroshima Survivor Trees” will be presented to Descanso from the Rotary Heiwa: Hiroshima Survivor Tree group. These persimmon trees grew from the seed of a plant that survived the first atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. Descanso visitors and members are welcome at this event.

Hiroshima Survivor Tree Re-Planting is a project by Rotary Heiwa: Hiroshima Survivor Tree, a group of Rotarians in Japan, U.S. and Russia. Other survivor trees can be found at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Little Tokyo, Downtown LA, Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena, Verdugo Woodland Elementary School, Monte Vista Elementary School and Wilson Middle School in Glendale Unified School District. 

Jan
25
Sat
Museums Free-for-All @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Descanso Gardens opens its doors for Museums Free-for-All and invites visitors to explore the Gardens free of charge.

Get into Descanso faster with online ticketsPlease note that free admission is applied at checkout when reserving tickets online.

Jan
26
Sun
“fruiting bodies” Walk-through @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for a walk-through of fruiting bodies with artist Jessica Rath at the Sturt Haaga Gallery on Sunday, January 26 from 1–3pm.

Connecting plants, animals and Descanso Gardens, Jessica Rath and curator Pamela Bailey Lewis present the first major survey of Rath’s contemporary works of art and her exploration of the human manipulation of agriculture and food production.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture.

Feb
1
Sat
{FULL} Sketching on Location @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please note that Sketching on Location is full.

Join artist Virginia Hein in this four-week art series to learn to sketch the varied landscapes of Descanso using a variety of media. Meets on four Saturdays from February 1–22 at Minka in the Japanese Garden.

$90 members, $120 non-members. Registration required. Please note that this program is non-refundable.

Image: © Virginia Hein

Little Explorers @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 1 @ 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.

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
7
Fri
{FULL} Garden Sprouts @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am

Please note that Garden Sprouts is full.

Meets on four Fridays from February 7–28.

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 nonmembers. Advanced registration required. Please note that this program is non-refundable.

Toddler Treks

Feb
8
Sat
Orchid and Tropical Plant Display @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come see displays of orchids, bromeliads, and other tropical plants in the Boddy House Solarium from February 8 to March 8.

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

Feb
29
Sat
Forages with nance klehm @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 29 @ 10:00 am

To see the 2pm plant forage, click here.

In conjunction with fruiting bodies at the Sturt Haaga Gallery, ecological systems engineer nance klehm will lead a plant forage on Saturday, February 29. $20 members, $30 non-members. Advance registration required, register here.

Both humans and pollinators have forged strong relationships with some of the same perennial and woody plants. During this forage, we will encounter and learn about flowering plants visited by native bees and their shared history with humans for food and medicine. The walk will end with a foraged herbal tea and light foraged snack.

fruiting bodies is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture.