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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
1
Fri
Garden Sprouts @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am

Four Fridays from February 1–22. Meets in the Harvest Garden.

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; Pre-registration required. Register online here, in person at the Descanso Gardens Visitor Center or by phone at (818) 949-7980.

Toddler Treks

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
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
23
Sat
{SOLD OUT} iPhone Photography Workshop @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please note that the iPhone Photography Workshop is sold out.

Learn iPhone photography techniques from Adrienne Gunde in the beautiful afternoon light. The class will practice taking pictures in the Gardens.

All levels welcome. Bring your own iPhone. $35 members; $40 nonmembers. Advance registration 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
9
Sat
Origami Workshop @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Origami Workshop meets at 11am and 2pm on March 9. 

Get expert instruction in the art of Japanese paper folding. All levels welcome. Prior experience with origami not necessary, but children 12 and under should be assisted by an adult.

$10 members; $20 nonmembers. Advance registration required, register here. Please note that this program is non-refundable.