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Sep
14
Sat
Oak Woodland: 5 Year Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

In Fall 2014, we opened the Oak Woodland, which transformed an uncultivated behind-the-scenes area into seven additional acres of native plant garden. Join us to learn more about the iconic trees that dot the landscape, and celebrate five years of this beautiful part of Descanso.

Entry to the Oak Woodland: 5 Year Celebration is included in the price of regular Descanso Gardens admission.

Oak Tree Talk with Emily Han | 10am
While sitting under a canopy of oaks, learn about these essential and majestic California trees from herbalist, educator and author, Emily Han.

Wildflower Seed Search | 10am–1pm
Fall is the best time to plant California wildflower seeds. Pick up a wildflower map at the Information Station that will guide you Seed Stations in the garden. Visit the Seed Stations and make your own wildflower seed packet to take home.

Foothill Municipal Water District Information Table | 10am–1pm
Learn about water-wise practices, local rebates for your home and more.

Oak Woodland Highlight Tour | 1pm
Take a guided walk of the Oak Woodland to learn about the different plants and animals that thrive here.

Sep
17
Tue
Free Tuesday {Tickets Required} @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

To join us on Free Tuesday, you will need advance tickets.


Descanso Gardens opens its gates for free the third Tuesday of every month, and the response has been great. So great, that in order to ensure a great experience for visitors, advance tickets are now required for all non–members on Free Tuesday.

Tickets for Free Tuesday on September 17 will be available at Tuesday, August 27 at 10am.


Please note:

  • Tickets are free and must be reserved online in advance, by phone at (818) 949-4200 or in person. No tickets will be available on-site at the Gardens on Free Tuesday.
  • Tickets are available three weeks before the date of Free Tuesday. There are two times available to enter: 9am and 1pm. Once you are in the Gardens, you man stay until Descanso Gardens closes at 5pm.
  • All visitors – including infants – need a ticket.
  • Descanso Gardens members do not need a ticket.
  • Members of other gardens that participate in the Reciprocal Admissions Program must reserve a free non-member ticket.
  • Tickets will be scanned for entry and can only be used for the date and time printed on them.
  • Tickets are limited to 6 per household; those reserving more than 6 tickets will have all additional tickets invalidated. Ticket purchaser must be present with entire party in order to enter the Garden. Descanso Gardens staff may request identification from the ticket purchaser.
  • Please read our garden etiquette guidelines to better understand the expectations of behavior when visiting Descanso.
  • Food and picnicking are not permitted in the Gardens; however, you are welcome to use the picnic area adjacent to the parking lot. 
  • We cannot accommodate tour groups/buses on Free Tuesday. For group availability, contact grouptours@descansogardens.org or (818) 949-4202.
“Shine a Light” Artist Talk @ Descanso Gardens
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join artist-in-residence Carole Kim in the Sturt Haaga Gallery as she discusses the method, inspiration and background behind the Shine a Light exhibition featuring her work.

Oct
4
Fri
wanderPLAY @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Come connect with nature as you wander through the Rose Garden to breathtaking views at sunset. Musicians will be improvising mystical tones a long with other hidden interactive surprises. This is an opportunity for grown-ups to tap into their creative and playful side.
wanderPLAY explores human connection through meditation, dance, and movement. The only goal is to get lost — lost in time, in the moment, in your right brain and in your inner-child.
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Tickets are $20 for members, $30 for non-members. Advance registration required. Register online here, in person at the Descanso Gardens Visitor Center or by phone at (818) 949-7980. Please note that this program is non-refundable.
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Oct
6
Sun
Urban Forager Book Signing @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 6 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Join Urban Forager author Elisa Callow from 2:30–3:30pm on October 6 and November 3 in Van de Kamp Hall for a tasting and book signing. Books will be available for purchase.

 

Oct
12
Sat
Japanese Garden Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate Japanese art and culture at this annual celebration set in our Japanese Garden. Activities included in the price of regular admission.

Ikebana Display | 9am – 5pm
View examples of ikebana, the art of flower arranging, from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.

Taiko Drummers | 11:30am & 1:30pm
Kishin Daiko drummers perform heart-pounding feats of percussion.

Crafting | 10am – 1pm
Create your own work of art inspired by the Japanese Garden.

Photo © Martha Benedict

Oct
13
Sun
Japanese Garden Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate Japanese art and culture at this annual celebration set in our Japanese Garden. Activities included in the price of regular admission.

Ikebana Display | 9am – 5pm
View examples of ikebana, the art of flower arranging, from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.

Taiko Drummers | 11:30am & 1:30pm
Kishin Daiko drummers perform heart-pounding feats of percussion.

Crafting | 10am – 1pm
Create your own work of art inspired by the Japanese Garden.

Photo © Martha Benedict

Oct
15
Tue
Free Tuesday {Tickets Required} @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

To join us on Free Tuesday, you will need advance tickets.


Descanso Gardens opens its gates for free the third Tuesday of every month, and the response has been great. So great, that in order to ensure a great experience for visitors, advance tickets are now required for all non–members on Free Tuesday.

Tickets for Free Tuesday on October 15 will be available on Tuesday, September 24 at 10am.


Please note:

  • Tickets are free and must be reserved online in advance, by phone at (818) 949-4200 or in person. No tickets will be available on-site at the Gardens on Free Tuesday.
  • Tickets are available three weeks before the date of Free Tuesday. There are two times available to enter: 9am and 1pm. Once you are in the Gardens, you man stay until Descanso Gardens closes at 5pm.
  • All visitors – including infants – need a ticket.
  • Descanso Gardens members do not need a ticket.
  • Members of other gardens that participate in the Reciprocal Admissions Program must reserve a free non-member ticket.
  • Tickets will be scanned for entry and can only be used for the date and time printed on them.
  • Tickets are limited to 6 per household; those reserving more than 6 tickets will have all additional tickets invalidated. Ticket purchaser must be present with entire party in order to enter the Garden. Descanso Gardens staff may request identification from the ticket purchaser.
  • Please read our garden etiquette guidelines to better understand the expectations of behavior when visiting Descanso.
  • Food and picnicking are not permitted in the Gardens; however, you are welcome to use the picnic area adjacent to the parking lot. 
  • We cannot accommodate tour groups/buses on Free Tuesday. For group availability, contact grouptours@descansogardens.org or (818) 949-4202.
Oct
19
Sat
“Shine a Light” Closing Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Celebrate the final week of Shine a Light featuring Descanso’s first artist-in-residence, Carole Kim. The closing celebration will include projections on the Oak Forest canopy and performance in the installation. Five artists will also perform and create “Humanity Carpet Mandala” using white powder stencils in front of the Gallery.

This is an outdoor, nighttime event. There will be a shuttle available, or bring a flashlight for your trip to the Boddy House. Tickets are free for Descanso Gardens members and $5 each for non-members. Reserve your tickets here.

Oct
23
Wed
Carved @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
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TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT

There are no more tickets available
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For five evenings only, 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 100 pounds—will line a path through the Camellia Forest. The one-mile walk features expertly carved real pumpkins and live carving demonstrations. Carved runs from October 23–27, 6:30–10:30pm.

Tickets are $25 each for Descanso Gardens members and $30 each for non-members. Sell out is likely.