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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
25
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
May 25 @ 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.
· Remember to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Please bring gardening gloves, water and a hat.
· Limited Space Available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Wednesday, May 22. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Jun
8
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 8 @ 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.
· Remember to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Please bring gardening gloves, water and a hat.
· Limited Space Available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Wednesday, June 5. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Jun
29
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 29 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
It’s DG in the HG! Join us Saturday, June 29 for a special Community Service Day as we repair and beautify the decomposed granite in the heavily-used Harvest Garden area. Volunteers will be placing clean, heavy sand onto a level surface. Shovels, ground tampers, and trowels for weeding will be used that day. No experience is required.
 
· Ages 16 or older.
· Please bring work gloves, sun protection, drinking water, a shovel if you have one, and your muscles.
· Limited Space Available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Wednesday, June 26. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Jul
20
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Jul 20 @ 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.
· Remember to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Please bring gardening gloves, water and a hat.
· Limited Space Available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Wednesday, July 17. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Aug
17
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 17 @ 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.
· Remember to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Please bring gardening gloves, water and a hat.
· Limited Space Available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Wednesday, August 14. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Sep
28
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 28 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Get hands-on gardening experience and help care for our seasonal displays 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.
· Remember to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Please bring gardening gloves, water and a hat.
· Limited Space Available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Wednesday, September 25. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Oct
12
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 12 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Get hands-on gardening experience and help care for our Native Garden 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.
· Remember to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Please bring gardening gloves, water and a hat.
· Limited Space Available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Wednesday, October 9. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.
Nov
9
Sat
Community Service Day @ Descanso Gardens
Nov 9 @ 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.
· Remember to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Please bring gardening gloves, water and a hat.
· Limited Space Available, RSVP required.
 
RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Wednesday, November 6. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.