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Jan
11
Fri
SOLD OUT: Camellia Wine Dinner @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 11 @ 6:00 pm

Please note that the Camellia Wine Dinner is sold out.

Join us for a special dinner honoring Descanso’s iconic winter flower with a curated menu by Chef Philip Mack. The Camellia Wine Dinner menu includes Kabocha Pumpkin with burnt onion, Chinese sausage, edible ferns and crème fraîche, and a 36-Hour Imperial Wagyu beef brisket. Each course will be perfectly paired with a wine selection to complement the dish.

$100 per person. Advance reservations required.

 

Jan
12
Sat
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 12 & 13. Enjoy crafting, live music, walks and more among these blooming winter beauties. Included in the price of regular Descanso Gardens admission, no reservations required.

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

Elixir Piano Trio
11:30am & 12:30pm both days
This dynamic trio performs traditional and modern music with classical, folk and jazz influences.

Camellia Walks
2pm Saturday & 1 & 3pm Sunday
Join camellia experts for a tour of Descanso’s collection on Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm. The Southern California Camellia Society President will offer a tour of the camellia show on Sunday at 3pm.


Camellia Demonstrations
1pm Saturday & 2pm Sunday
Steve Medford demonstrates pruning camellia plants on Saturday, and George Harrison will lead a camellia arranging demonstration on Sunday.

Jan
13
Sun
Cool Camellia Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate our iconic camellia collection during peak blooming season on Saturday and Sunday, January 12 & 13. Enjoy crafting, live music, walks and more among these blooming winter beauties. Included in the price of regular Descanso Gardens admission, no reservations required.

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

Elixir Piano Trio
11:30am & 12:30pm both days
This dynamic trio performs traditional and modern music with classical, folk and jazz influences.

Camellia Walks
2pm Saturday & 1 & 3pm Sunday
Join camellia experts for a tour of Descanso’s collection on Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm. The Southern California Camellia Society President will offer a tour of the camellia show on Sunday at 3pm.


Camellia Demonstrations
1pm Saturday & 2pm Sunday
Steve Medford demonstrates pruning camellia plants on Saturday, and George Harrison will lead a camellia arranging demonstration on Sunday.

Feb
9
Sat
SOLD OUT // Night Garden: Campfire Stories @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please note that Night Garden: Campfire Stories is sold out.

Bundle up, enjoy live music and discover what happens in the Gardens after dark. Warm up with hot chocolate, grilled cheese and soup in the crisp night air. Take a tour and dance to music amidst the flowers. Let your inner science geek go free and enjoy nature in a new way.

$5 members; $15 nonmembers. Check out other nights in the series here.


Crafting
| 5:30–8pm
Rose Pavilion
Join us for a fun, hands-on activity for all ages.

Food for Purchase by Patina | 5:30–8pm
Main menu at the Boddy Lodge by the Lake, snacks available in the Rose Garden
Enjoy delicious hot chocolate, s’mores and more.

Live Insect Viewing | 5:30–8pm
Lakeside Lookout
Discover the insects that call Descanso home after dark. Descanso horticulture staff will lead an interactive, drop-in activity.

Live Music: Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band | 6:30–8pm
Rose Garden
This lively fiddle, mandolin and guitar trio will play a variety of tunes under the night sky.

Shadow Puppet Theater | 6pm, 6:15pm, 8pm & 8:15pm
Rose Pavilion
Using beautiful handmade shadow puppets, master puppeteer Leslie K. Gray will perform Chase the Kangaroo, a story that explores how the world is a beautiful place.

Star Talks | 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm
Boddy Lodge by the Lake
Learn about winter-time constellations, identifying night sky-objects and more in these 20-minute Star Talks.

Wildlife Information Station | 6–8pm
Rose Pavilion
Learn more about local wildlife like mountain lions, bears, and more. Tim Martinez, Program Administrator for the Arroyos and Foothills Conversancy, will answer your questions about wildlife in our area.

Feb
14
Thu
SOLD OUT: Valentine’s Day Dinner @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 14 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please note that the Valentine’s Day Dinner is sold out.

Experience a taste of love with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day at Descanso Gardens. Enjoy menu highlights like wagyu beef and Maine lobster tail at our beautiful restaurant, Maple. Reservations required.

Mar
2
Sat
Daniel Ho Trio @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 2 @ 11:30 am
Six-time GRAMMY winner Daniel Ho performs with his trio featuring bassist Steve Billman and drummer/percussionist Randy Drake.
Mar
3
Sun
Daniel Ho Trio @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 3 @ 11:30 am
Six-time GRAMMY winner Daniel Ho performs with his trio featuring bassist Steve Billman and drummer/percussionist Randy Drake.
Mar
16
Sat
SOLD OUT // Night Garden: Plant Power @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please note that Night Garden: Plant Power is sold out.

Our new series continues with Night Garden: Plant Power on Saturday, March 16. Join us for relaxing activities that will help you understand the amazing potential of the living things that grow all around us.

$5 members; $15 nonmembers. Check out other nights in the series here.


Magnolia Lawn

Essential Oils | 5:30–7:30pm
Sample essential oils and learn the many benefits of these botanical scents.

Main Lawn

Garden Yoga | 5:30–7:30pm
Learn some simple, standing yoga poses that are inspired by nature.

Flower Sachets | 5:30–8:30pm
Make your own potpourri to take home.

Healing and Wellness Talk and Walk | 6–6:45pm
Join Dr. Kendall Brown for a discussion about how Japanese gardens can be used as healing and wellness spaces. Immediately following the talk, join Dr. Brown for a walk to the Japanese Garden.

Patina Concession Stand | 5:30–8:30pm
Enjoy food and drinks available for purchase.

Camellia Forest

Sound Bath | 5:30–8pm
Surround yourself with the calming but powerful sounds of singing bowls in the camellia forest.

Moonlight Meditation | 6–6:30pm & 7–7:30pm
Join us for a guided meditation session and experience the benefits of practicing mindfulness in nature.

Oak Grove

Flower Petal Art | 5:30–8:30pm
Add flower petals to our community art project.

Live Music | 5:45–8:15pm
Enjoy live music by the jazz taiko fusion group, Tadaima.

Patina Pop-Up | 5:30–8pm
Snacks and drinks available for purchase.

Mar
22
Fri
Spring Blooms Wine Dinner @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 22 @ 6:00 pm
In celebration of spring’s arrival at Descanso Gardens, Patina presents a four-course Spring Blooms Wine Dinner in the beautiful Rose Garden on Friday, March 22.  Enjoy a four-course dinner with highlights like stuffed squash blossoms, spring artichoke pasta and a Sonoma spring lamb shank. To see the full menu, click here.
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$100 per person. Advance reservations required, register here.

 

Mar
29
Fri
TOMATOMANIA! @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 29 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

TOMATOMANIA!, the world’s largest tomato seedling sale, returns to Descanso Gardens. Activities free to members. Included in the price of regular Descanso Gardens admission, no registration required.

Plant Sale
9am – 5pm
Select from hundreds of healthy seedlings, including heirloom varieties, old favorites and unusual offerings.

Tomato Blasts
11am, 1 & 2pm
Get tips from experts on growing great tomatoes at these talks.