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Jan
12
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 12 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Learn more about Community Service Days on January 19 here and January 26 here.
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Help de-bark and sand several logs to be made into stools on January 12. Hammers, chisels, and sanders will be provided.
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 18 or older.
· Closed toe shoes, weather appropriate outdoor attire, water bottle, and work gloves. Please bring kneelers if you have them.
· Limited Space Available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Wednesday, January 9. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
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.

Jan
19
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 19 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Get hands-on gardening experience and help care for the Gardens 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 Wednesday, January 16. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Jan
26
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 26 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Get hands-on gardening experience and help care for the Gardens 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 Wednesday, January 23. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Feb
9
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 9 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Learn more about Community Service Day on February 23 here.
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Get hands-on gardening experience and help care for the Gardens 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 Wednesday, February 6. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
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
23
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 23 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Get hands-on gardening experience and help care for the Gardens 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 Wednesday, February 20. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Mar
9
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 9 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
For Community Service Day on March 30, click here.
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Get hands-on gardening experience and help care for the Gardens 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 Wednesday, March 6. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Drop-in Nature Journaling @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Connect with nature through sketching and exploring with Drop-in Nature Journaling.