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May
18
Sat
SOLD OUT // Night Garden: Science Quest @ Descanso Gardens
May 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please note that Night Garden: Science Quest is sold out.

Discover how scientists explore the world around us– from whats in your backyard to what’s happening in outer space. Learn about space exploration from JPL and Carnegie Observatories, talk to experts from San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, and find out more about the pollinators that help make our garden bloom. Grab dinner and a drink, enjoy the sunset, and wander the gardens as the Flashdance DJs spin all-vinyl sets of tunes.

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

Rose Garden

JPL Display | 5:30–8:30pm
Talk to scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and learn about space exploration.

Planetarium Shows *limited space available | 5:40, 6:10, 6:40, 7:10, 7:40 & 8:10pm
Experience Carnegie Observatories‘ inflatable planetarium. Timed tickets available at the Rose Garden Pavilion beginning at 5:30. Participants must be able to sit on the ground for 20 minutes. Space extremely limited and is first-come, first-served.

Astronomy Talks | 6:30, 7 & 7:30pm
Learn about gravitational wave astronomy with Carnegie Observatories scientist, Dr. Philip Cowperthwaite.

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

Promenade

Bee Discovery Display | 5:30–8:30pm
Learn about the relationship between flowers and bees at this interactive display created by Descanso’s Native Garden Horticulturist, Layla Valenzuela.

Microscopes and Magnifiers Station | 5:30–8:30pm
Try out these scientific tools to get a closer look at nature.

Oak Grove

The Weaving Project | 5:30–7:30pm
Explore connections between art and our natural world. Together with artist Ben Allanoff, weave a community sculpture using sticks and natural materials. Stop by after 7:30 to view the finished project.

Flash Dance DJs | 5:30–8:15pm
The Flash Dance DJs spin an all vinyl set under the oaks.

San Fernando Valley Audubon Society | 5:30–7:30pm
Chat with experts from the Audubon Society and learn all about the birds that call Southern California home.

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

 

May
19
Sun
Pasadena Showcase House of Design Closes @ Descanso Gardens
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Chosen as the 2019 Pasadena Showcase House of Design, the Boddy House will be open for tours from Tuesday to Sunday, April 21 to May 19. Tickets to the Showcase House can be purchased at pasadenashowcase.org.

The Pasadena Showcase House of Design is a nonprofit and all money raised from this event will support local music programs. The Boddy House will reopen to the public in late spring.

 

Jul
12
Fri
“Shine a Light” Member Preview @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Descanso Gardens members get an early look at the Shine a Light exhibition in the Sturt Haaga Gallery from 10am to 4pm, July 12–14.

MEMBERS ONLY.

 

Jul
13
Sat
“Shine a Light” Member Preview @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Descanso Gardens members get an early look at the Shine a Light exhibition in the Sturt Haaga Gallery from 10am to 4pm, July 12–14.

MEMBERS ONLY.

 

Urban Forager Book Signing @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Urban Forager author Elisa Callow from 2–3pm on July 13 and 20 in Van de Kamp Hall for a tasting and book signing. Books will be available for purchase.

 

Jul
14
Sun
“Shine a Light” Member Preview @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Descanso Gardens members get an early look at the Shine a Light exhibition in the Sturt Haaga Gallery from 10am to 4pm, July 12–14.

MEMBERS ONLY.

 

“Shine a Light” Artist’s Reception @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us from 4–6pm in the Sturt Haaga Gallery as we celebrate the artwork of Carole Kim in Shine a Light. Drinks will be available from a no-host bar.

Jul
15
Mon
“Shine a Light” Public Opening @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Shine a Light begins its run in the Sturt Haaga Gallery from July 15 to October 27.

Jul
20
Sat
Urban Forager Book Signing @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Urban Forager author Elisa Callow from 2–3pm on July 13 and 20 in Van de Kamp Hall for a tasting and book signing. Books will be available for purchase.

 

Jul
25
Thu
Gil Garcetti Photography @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Now through August 31, view photographer Gil Garcetti’s work from his new book, Protea – The Magic and the Mystery. Images are on display in the Boddy House.

You may know him as a former Los Angeles County district attorney (and father of current LA Mayor Eric Garcetti). The LA native is also an acclaimed, multifaceted photographer.