Calendar

Please note that Descanso Gardens is closed until further notice.

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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.

Jan
26
Sat
SOLD OUT: Woodland Animal Felting Workshop @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Please note that the Woodland Animal Felting Workshop is sold out.

Join instructor Coco Howard for a fun introduction to needle felting. Learn beginning hand sewing and needle felting techniques to create little felted woodland animals and perfect woolen pockets pals.

Ages 5 and older. Children under 14 require an accompanying adult. Cost includes materials for one project per child. $40 members; $45 nonmembers. Advanced registration required.

Feb
2
Sat
Sketching on Location @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Meets on four Saturdays from February 2–23 at Minka in the Japanese Garden.

Join artist Virginia Hein in this four-week series where you’ll learn to sketch the varied landscapes of Descanso using a variety of media.

$90 members, $120 nonmembers. Registration required, register here.

Image: © Virginia Hein

Feb
8
Fri
“Unusual Views” Member Preview @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Descanso Gardens members get an early look at the Unusual Views exhibition in the Sturt Haaga Gallery from 10am to 4pm, February 8–10.

MEMBERS ONLY.

 

Feb
9
Sat
“Unusual Views” Member Preview @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Descanso Gardens members get an early look at the Unusual Views exhibition in the Sturt Haaga Gallery from 10am to 4pm, February 8–10.

MEMBERS ONLY.

 

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
10
Sun
“Unusual Views” Member Preview @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Descanso Gardens members get an early look at the Unusual Views exhibition in the Sturt Haaga Gallery from 10am to 4pm, February 8–10.

MEMBERS ONLY.

 

Feb
11
Mon
“Unusual Views” Public Opening @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Unusual Views begins its run in the Sturt Haaga Gallery from February 10 until June 9, 2019.

Feb
17
Sun
“Unusual Views” Artists’ Reception @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 17 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please note that this event has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 17.

Join us from 3–5pm in the Sturt Haaga Gallery as we celebrate the artists of Unusual Views. DJ Matthew Rubino will be spinning vinyl, and drinks will be available at a no-host bar.