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Apr
14
Fri
Cultivate: Explore SHIKI @ Descanso Gardens
Apr 14 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Come see what happens in the garden during extended hours. Take a tour, dance to music amongst the flowers, learn about nature, enjoy food and drink. Grab some friends and enjoy the gardens in a new way.

Included in the price of admission or Descanso Gardens membership, no reservations required.


Cultivate: Explore SHIKI
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SHIKI exhibit tours with curator Meher McArthur
– Lecture/tour of Sturt Haaga Gallery
– Times: 5–5:45pm | 6–6:45pm

Haiku and tanka poetry reading and performance by Debbie Kolodji and Mariko Kitakubo
– Poetry readings of Kolodji and Kitakubo’s book
– Times: 5–5:30pm | 6–6:30pm

Flashdance DJs
– Times: 4:30–7pm

Activity: Make-your-own haiku poem or woodblock print
– Time: 4:30–7pm


Biographies
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Meher McArthur
Meher McArthur is an Asian art historian specializing in Japanese art. She worked as Curator of East Asian Art at Pacific Asia Museum and Creative Director for the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, both in Pasadena and was Academic Curator for Scripps College in Claremont and Art and Cultural Director for JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles.

Deborah P Kolodji Bio
Deborah P Kolodji is the Moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group, the California Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America, and a member of the board of directors for Haiku North America. She has given hundreds of haiku workshops over the past 15 years.

Mariko Kitakubo
Mariko Kitakubo is a tanka poet/tanka reading performer born in Tokyo (4, Oct. 1959) and living in Mitaka-city, Tokyo. Mariko has published six books of tanka including three bilingual ones,
“On This Same Star” , “Cicada Forest”and “INDIGO”. She hopes to encourage more poetry lovers worldwide to appreciate and practice tanka. URL: www.en.kitakubo.com

 

 

 

Apr
17
Mon
Earth Day Display @ Descanso Gardens
Apr 17 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Join our week-long celebration of Earth Day and our majestic oaks. View displays created by Descanso horticulture staff at the lake, Bird Observation Station, and California Garden that celebrate the importance of our oaks and the habitat they create. Attend tours everyday at 11am and don’t miss the plant giveaway Saturday morning (while supplies last).

Included in the price of admission or Descanso Gardens membership, no reservations required.

 

Apr
18
Tue
Earth Day Display @ Descanso Gardens
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Join our week-long celebration of Earth Day and our majestic oaks. View displays created by Descanso horticulture staff at the lake, Bird Observation Station, and California Garden that celebrate the importance of our oaks and the habitat they create. Attend tours everyday at 11am and don’t miss the plant giveaway Saturday morning (while supplies last).

Included in the price of admission or Descanso Gardens membership, no reservations required.

 

Apr
19
Wed
Earth Day Display @ Descanso Gardens
Apr 19 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Join our week-long celebration of Earth Day and our majestic oaks. View displays created by Descanso horticulture staff at the lake, Bird Observation Station, and California Garden that celebrate the importance of our oaks and the habitat they create. Attend tours everyday at 11am and don’t miss the plant giveaway Saturday morning (while supplies last).

Included in the price of admission or Descanso Gardens membership, no reservations required.

 

Apr
20
Thu
Earth Day Display @ Descanso Gardens
Apr 20 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Join our week-long celebration of Earth Day and our majestic oaks. View displays created by Descanso horticulture staff at the lake, Bird Observation Station, and California Garden that celebrate the importance of our oaks and the habitat they create. Attend tours everyday at 11am and don’t miss the plant giveaway Saturday morning (while supplies last).

Included in the price of admission or Descanso Gardens membership, no reservations required.

 

Apr
21
Fri
Earth Day Display @ Descanso Gardens
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Join our week-long celebration of Earth Day and our majestic oaks. View displays created by Descanso horticulture staff at the lake, Bird Observation Station, and California Garden that celebrate the importance of our oaks and the habitat they create. Attend tours everyday at 11am and don’t miss the plant giveaway Saturday morning (while supplies last).

Included in the price of admission or Descanso Gardens membership, no reservations required.

 

Apr
22
Sat
Earth Day Display @ Descanso Gardens
Apr 22 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Join our week-long celebration of Earth Day and our majestic oaks. View displays created by Descanso horticulture staff at the lake, Bird Observation Station, and California Garden that celebrate the importance of our oaks and the habitat they create. Attend tours everyday at 11am and don’t miss the plant giveaway Saturday morning (while supplies last).

Included in the price of admission or Descanso Gardens membership, no reservations required.

Earth Day Bird Count and Plant Giveaway | Saturday, April 22 | 10am–noon | Lakeside Lookout

  • Native Plant and Seed Giveaway (while supplies last)

  • Latino Outdoors bird walk & count (Spanish)

  • Katy Mann and Hill Penfold bird walk & count (English)

 

May
12
Fri
Cultivate: Native Plant Stories @ Descanso Gardens
May 12 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Come see what happens in the garden during extended hours. Take a tour, dance to music amongst the flowers, learn about nature, enjoy food and drink. Grab some friends and enjoy the gardens in a new way.

Included in the price of admission or Descanso Gardens membership, no reservations required.


Cultivate: Native Plant Stories

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Storytelling workshop with Tina Orduno Calderon
Tina will share stories and songs with guests as well as speak about the revival of the Tongva language and the fluidity of culture which is integrally connected to language and place
– Times: 4:30–4:50pm and 5–5:20pm
– Location: Amphitheater

Lessons from wildlife with Horticulturist Diana Nightingale
Times: 5–5:45pm and 6–6:45pm
– Location: Meets at Center Circle

Theodore Payne Nursery Table
– Learn about fire prevention and native plants with Theodore Payne Nursery
Time: 4:30–7pm
– Location: El Portal

Flashdance DJs
Have a drink in the Rose Garden bar and enjoy a mix of classic and contemporary songs by our popular guest DJs
– Time: 4:30–7pm
– Location: Rose Garden

Craft activity: Native seed packet
– Time: 4:30–7pm
– Location: Main Lawn


Biographies
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Tina Orduno Calderon
Tina is a Culture Bearer, traditional singer and dancer, storyteller and poet who strives to honor her ancestors and inspire others to respect the lands, water, sacred elements and environment.

 

 

 

 

Jun
9
Fri
Cultivate: The Five Senses @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 9 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Come see what happens in the garden during extended hours. Take a tour, dance to music amongst the flowers, learn about nature, enjoy food and drink. Grab some friends and enjoy the gardens in a new way.

Included in the price of admission or Descanso Gardens membership, no reservations required.


Cultivate: The Five Senses

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Flower installation by florist Whit Hazen

  • Watch before your eyes as a flower installation is built throughout the evening, using fragrant plants and flowers gathered from the garden to create a full sensory experience
  • Time: 4:30–7pm
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Soundbaths by Marna Currie 

  • Enjoy sound baths under the oaks on the Main Lawn
  • Times: 5–5:30pm and 6–6:30pm
  • Location: Main Lawn
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Flashdance DJ

  • Have a drink in the Rose Garden bar and enjoy a mix of classic and contemporary songs by our popular guest DJs
  • Time: 4:30–7pm
  • Location: Rose Garden
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Activity: Make your own herbal tea bag to take home

  • Time: 4:30–7pm

 

 

 

 

Jun
15
Thu
Makers’ Night at The Store @ Descanso Gardens
Jun 15 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us on June 15 from 4–7pm to meet local artisans whose products are sold at The Store. Learn more about their creations and the processes that go into them while enjoying samples from Duba Tea and and Verdugo Coffee Roasters.

Free with admission, no reservations required.
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Meet the artisans
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ML Handmade Soaps: Handmade soaps and balms
Verdugo Coffee Roasters: Descanso Private Label Blend
Duba Tea: Descanso Private Label Blend
Misty Jane: Handmade jewelry
Botanical Beauty: Handmade scarves/shawls created with botanicals
Luz De La Luna by Jose Lemus: Entomology Capsule Bejeweled Collection for Descanso Gardens