Calendar

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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.

 

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
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.

Mar
30
Sat
TOMATOMANIA! @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 30 @ 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.

Tomato Cooking Demo
Noon
A Patina chef will prepare dishes featuring the versatile tomato.

Patina’s Bloody Mary Bar
10am – 3pm
Patina’s popular Bloody Mary Bar returns!

Mar
31
Sun
TOMATOMANIA! @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 31 @ 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.

Tomato Cooking Demo
Noon
A Patina chef will prepare dishes featuring the versatile tomato.

Patina’s Bloody Mary Bar
10am – 3pm
Patina’s popular Bloody Mary Bar returns!

Apr
6
Sat
SOLD OUT // Night Garden: LA Blooms! @ Descanso Gardens
Apr 6 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please note that Night Garden: LA Blooms! is sold out.

Celebrate the variety and beauty of flowers. Wear your best florals, or maybe a garden party hat, and enjoy blossoms – real and imagined – in full bloom. Let your inner science geek go free and enjoy nature in a new way.

$5 members; $15 nonmembers. Advance tickets required.

 

Magnolia Lawn

DIY Flower Crowns | 5:30–8:30pm
Create your own flower crown using fresh flowers and greenery.

Rose Garden

Drop-in Sketching | 5:30–8:30pm
Borrow a sketchbook and be inspired by the blooms around you.

Flower Mask Photo-op | 5:30–8pm
Try on floral masks and head pieces created by artist Felisa Funes and take your picture in front of a blooming backdrop.

Live Music: Ikat Quartet | 5:45–6:45pm, 7:15–8:15pm
Enjoy live music by this contemporary classical guitar quartet.

Poetry Improv Duels with Melrose Poetry Bureau | 6–6:30pm and 7–7:30pm
Give words and topics to Melrose Poetry Bureau to use for on-the-spot interactive poetry duels.

Patina Concession Stand | 5:30–8pm
Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Nature’s Table

Container Gardening Demos | 5:45pm, 6:15pm, 6:45pm
Learn expert tips about container gardening from Descanso’s horticulture staff.

Promenade

Patina Pop-up | 5:30–8pm
Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

Apr
21
Sun
Easter Brunch @ Descanso Gardens
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Event is sold out.

Celebrate Easter Sunday in the Rose Pavilion! Enjoy a whimsical brunch prepared by Executive Chef Philip Mack, including dishes from the Country Omelet and Belgian Waffle Stations. To mark the occasion, guests will be treated to take-away drawings from our caricaturist and a special harp performance.