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Feb
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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.

Forages with nance klehm @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 29 @ 2:00 pm

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.

Mar
1
Sun
{SOLD OUT} Forages with nance klehm @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 1 @ 10:00 am

Please note that Forages with nance klehm on March 1 is sold out.

In conjunction with fruiting bodies at the Sturt Haaga Gallery, ecological systems engineer nance klehm will lead a beginner’s mushroom walk on Sunday, March 1. $20 members, $30 non-members. Advance registration required.

Explore the native Oak Woodland for mycelium and fruiting bodies of mushrooms. Learn the life cycle of fungi and how to identify mushroom species. The walk will end with a mushroom tea.

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

Mar
7
Sat
Little Explorers @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 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.

{CANCELED} Shakespeare in the Garden @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 7 @ 2:00 pm

Please note that Shakespeare in the Garden is canceled until March 31. 

Ensemble Shakespeare Theater returns with performances amongst Descanso’s spring blooms every Saturday and Sunday in March and April. This fun, funny, moving production will travel to peak bloom spots as the season changes, showcasing a blooming botanical backdrop for your favorite Shakespeare scenes. Meets at Center Circle.

No registration required. Included in the price of regular admission. Free to Descanso Gardens members. Please note that this program does not meet on Sunday, April 12.

 

 

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