Calendar

Aug
26
Sat
{SOLD OUT} Sketching with Color @ Descanso Gardens
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please note: Sketching with Color is SOLD OUT.

4 Saturdays starting on August 26. Meets in Minka in the Japanese Garden.

Join artist Virginia Hein for a four week series that focuses on exploring color to sketch the summer landscapes of Descanso. Bring a spirit of play and experimentation while learning to work confidently with color. $90 members, $120 nonmembers. Register by Monday, August 21.

Register in person at the Descanso Gardens Visitor Center or by phone at (818) 949-7980.

Image: © Virginia Hein

Oct
8
Sun
Tea Ceremony @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 8 @ 11:00 am

Witness a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and enjoy a sample of matcha green tea served with sweets. Meets in Minka in the Japanese Garden at 11am and 2pm on October 8.

$40 for members, $50 for nonmembers. Advance tickets required. Register online here, in person at the Visitor Center, or by phone at (818) 949-7980.

Tea Ceremony @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 8 @ 2:00 pm

Witness a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and enjoy a sample of matcha green tea served with sweets. Meets in Minka in the Japanese Garden at 11am and 2pm on October 8.

$40 for members, $50 for nonmembers. Advance tickets required. Register online here, in person at the Visitor Center, or by phone at (818) 949-7980.

Oct
14
Sat
Japanese Garden Festival @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate Japanese art and culture at this annual festival set in our Japanese Garden. Enjoy family-friendly events including a tour of the the garden, taiko drum performances and crafting. Activities free to members except where noted. Click here to see Sunday’s schedule.

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

Japanese Garden Talk and Tour | 10am
Dr. Kendall Brown, leading Japanese Garden expert and professor of Asian art history, will present a talk about Japanese-style gardens, followed by a walk through Descanso’s Japanese Garden and book-signing of his newest book Visionary Landscapes.

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

Crafting | 10am–2pm
Create your own work of art inspired by the Japanese Garden.

Patina Fare | 10am–4pm
Patina chefs will have Japanese-inspired fare and barbecue selections available for purchase.

Taiko drummers

Image information: © Martha Benedict

Painting Nature @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Class meets for 6 Saturdays from October 14 – November 18. Join artist R. Jay Ewing for a watercolor class for beginning and intermediate students.

$90 members, $120 nonmembers. Students will be emailed a materials list after registration. Advance registration required. Register for this series online here, in person at the Descanso Gardens Visitor Center, or by phone at (818) 949-7980.

Descanso Tea House

Image information: © R. Jay Ewing

Oct
15
Sun
Japanese Garden Festival @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrate Japanese art and culture at this annual festival set in our Japanese Garden. Enjoy family-friendly events including a tour of the the garden, taiko drum performances and crafting. Activities free to members except where noted.

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

Japanese Garden Talk and Tour | 10am
Naomi Hirahara, author, curator and local historian, will present a talk that examines the history of Descanso’s Japanese Garden followed by a walk through the garden.

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

Crafting | 10am–2pm
Create your own work of art inspired by the Japanese Garden.

Patina Fare | 10am–4pm
Patina chefs will have Japanese-inspired fare and barbecue selections available for purchase.

Taiko drummers

Image information: © Martha Benedict

Oct
21
Sat
Monster Tour @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 21 @ 11:00 am

Ensemble Shakespeare Theatre returns to Descanso with a fun monster-filled production for the whole family to enjoy. Kids (and grown-ups) are encouraged to come in costume!

Monster Tour starts at 11am on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22 and 28 & 29.

Oct
22
Sun
Monster Tour @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am

Ensemble Shakespeare Theatre returns to Descanso with a fun monster-filled production for the whole family to enjoy. Kids (and grown-ups) are encouraged to come in costume!

Monster Tour starts at 11am on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22 and 28 & 29.

Oct
28
Sat
Monster Tour @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am

Ensemble Shakespeare Theatre returns to Descanso with a fun monster-filled production for the whole family to enjoy. Kids (and grown-ups) are encouraged to come in costume!

Monster Tour starts at 11am on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22 and 28 & 29.

Oct
29
Sun
Monster Tour @ Descanso Gardens
Oct 29 @ 11:00 am

Ensemble Shakespeare Theatre returns to Descanso with a fun monster-filled production for the whole family to enjoy. Kids (and grown-ups) are encouraged to come in costume!

Monster Tour starts at 11am on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 & 22 and 28 & 29.