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Jan
4
Sat
Little Explorers @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 4 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Explore Descanso Gardens from the ground up with your children ages 2 to 5. On the first Saturday of the month, Little Explorers will encourage kids to use their senses to discover the natural world through hands-on activities.

Free with admission. No registration required.

Jan
11
Sat
Cool Camellia Celebration @ Descanso Gardens
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate our iconic camellia collection during peak blooming season on Saturday and Sunday, January 11 and 12. Enjoy crafting, walks and more among these blooming winter beauties. Included in the price of regular Descanso Gardens admission, no reservations required.

Camellia Crafting
10am – 2pm
Make your own camellia-inspired craft to take home.

Camellia Demonstrations
1pm
Steve Medford demonstrates pruning camellia plants on Saturday, and George Harrison will lead a floral arranging demonstration on Sunday.

Camellia Walks
2pm
Join camellia experts from the Southern California Camellia Society for a tour of Descanso’s collection at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Dr. Bradford King will lead the walk on Saturday, and James Fitzpatrick will lead the walk on Sunday.

Jan
12
Sun
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 11 and 12. Enjoy crafting, walks and more among these blooming winter beauties. Included in the price of regular Descanso Gardens admission, no reservations required.

Camellia Crafting
10am – 2pm
Make your own camellia-inspired craft to take home.

Camellia Demonstrations
1pm
Steve Medford demonstrates pruning camellia plants on Saturday, and George Harrison will lead a floral arranging demonstration on Sunday.

Camellia Walks
2pm
Join camellia experts from the Southern California Camellia Society for a tour of Descanso’s collection at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Dr. Bradford King will lead the walk on Saturday, and James Fitzpatrick will lead the walk on Sunday.

Feb
1
Sat
Little Explorers @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Explore Descanso Gardens from the ground up with your children ages 2 to 5. On the first Saturday of the month, Little Explorers will encourage kids to use their senses to discover the natural world through hands-on activities.

Free with admission. No registration required.

Cultivate: Stories in the Stars @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Feed your curiosity about science, nature and plants during our new Cultivate series. On Saturday, February 1, bring your flashlight and bundle up after dark for Cultivate: Stories in the Stars. See a performance by Leslie K. Gray featuring her enchanting shadow puppetry. Learn about the stars and constellations and enjoy music, food, crafts, and discovery in the garden after the sun has set.

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$5 members, $15 non-members. Advance tickets required. Get your tickets here.

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SCHEDULE

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Rose Garden

  • Star Talks
    • 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30 & 8pm
  • Star Gazing
    • 5:30–8pm
  • Concession Stand
    • 5:30–8pm
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Promenade

  • Live Music with Hana Hibiki Duo (Koto & Shakuhachi)
    •  5:45–6:45pm & 7:15–8:15pm
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Van de Kamp Hall

  • Shadow Puppet Shows with Leslie K. Gray
    • 6–6:15pm, 6:45–7pm, 7:30–7:45pm
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Magnolia Lawn

  • Star Crafting
    • 5:30–8pm

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Feb
7
Fri
{FULL} Garden Sprouts @ Descanso Gardens
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am

Please note that Garden Sprouts is full.

Meets on four Fridays from February 7–28.

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. Advanced registration required. Please note that this program is non-refundable.

Toddler Treks

Mar
7
Sat
Little Explorers @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 7 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Explore Descanso Gardens from the ground up with your children ages 2 to 5. On the first Saturday of the month, Little Explorers will encourage kids to use their senses to discover the natural world through hands-on activities.

Free with admission. No registration required.

{CANCELED} Shakespeare in the Garden @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 7 @ 2:00 pm

Please note that Shakespeare in the Garden is canceled until March 31. 

Ensemble Shakespeare Theater returns with performances amongst Descanso’s spring blooms every Saturday and Sunday in March and April. This fun, funny, moving production will travel to peak bloom spots as the season changes, showcasing a blooming botanical backdrop for your favorite Shakespeare scenes. Meets at Center Circle.

No registration required. Included in the price of regular admission. Free to Descanso Gardens members. Please note that this program does not meet on Sunday, April 12.

 

 

Cultivate: Nature Sounds & Wildlife @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 7 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Bask in the early tulip blooms and cherry blossoms at Cultivate: Nature Sounds & Wildlife on March 7. Learn about the wildlife that surrounds us with nature talks, displays, and a special performance of “BEE SONG” during a night of discovery.

$5 members, $15 non-members. Advance registration required. Register online here.

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SCHEDULE

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Main Lawn
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  • “BEE SONG” | 5:45, 6:30 & 7:15pm
    The world-renowned Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir from California State University, Long Beach performs a special arrangement of “BEE SONG” by composer Robert Hoehn. Written for the Resonant Nest, part of the exhibition in the Sturt Haaga Gallery, this 15-minute score was inspired by the daily activity of a bumblebee colony.
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  • Native Plant Display | 5:30–8pm
    Learn all about bee-friendly plants and chat with experts about our local native bees.
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  • Pollinator Craft | 5:30–8pm
    Enjoy a hands-on activity inspired by the plants and insects around us.
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  • The Kitchen at Descanso Food and Drink | 5:30–8pm
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Hilltop Gardens
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  • Nature Talks by Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy  | 6, 6:30 & 7pm
    Learn all about the urban wildlife in our city, hear from experts about motion-sensor camera trapping and more.
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  • Sturt Haaga Gallery, fruiting bodies exhibition open | 5:30-8:15pm
    The Gallery stays open late for you to explore.
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  • PLAY evolution | 6–6:20, 6:40–7, 7:20–7:40 & 8–8:20pm
    Embark on an adventure with PLAY and tap into your most child-like self. Each participant will be given a set of silent dj headphones, and will be guided to explore, move and make noise.
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  • The Kitchen at Descanso Food and Drink | 5:30–8pm
Mar
13
Fri
{CANCELED} Spring Bloom Walks @ Descanso Gardens
Mar 13 @ 1:00 pm

Please note that the Spring Bloom Walks are canceled through May 9.

Stroll through the gardens and learn about cherry blossoms, flowering trees, and other seasonal favorites on these guided walks. Meets on Fridays and Saturdays, March 6–May 9. Friday walks meet at 1pm, Saturday walks meet at 11am and 1pm.

Please note that the Spring Bloom Walks are subject to availability and may be canceled due to weather.