All visitors who aren’t members must buy a general admission ticket.

9am-7pm daily


You can make a difference

Your generous gift, large or small, helps sustain the gardens and creates a lasting legacy for future generations. There are many ways to give including tribute benches and planned giving.

A child on a field trip sees coast live oaks for the first time and learns to love nature. A couple enjoys a peaceful morning walk in the garden and listens to the birdsong. A family spends time together at an interactive exhibit.

Your generous support makes every experience at Descanso Gardens possible. Our mission is to connect people with nature and one another — and we cannot do it without you.


Give to Descanso Gardens and help us grow and thrive

Tribute gifts

Honor a loved one with a gift in their name, or sponsor a tribute bench in one of our lovely garden locations

Planned giving

Make a lasting gift that will support the gardens for future generations

Your donation will help us:

  • Care for our American Alliance of Museums accredited plant collections and keep them pesticide-free
  • Offer hundreds of horticulture and education programs per year
  • Show the diversity, history, and wonder of California plants
  • Model sustainable use of water and other resources
  • Propagate important plants in our collection and preserve them to ensure their enjoyment for generations to come
  • Produce art exhibits at the Sturt Haaga Gallery and in the gardens
  • Share the beauty and wellness benefits of nature with Southern California and beyond
  • Provide more than 50,000 free admissions per year to EBT cardholders, students, veterans, and active duty military

Have a question about giving to Descanso?

Please contact our Development Office at 818.952.4389 or

Descanso Gardens Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, Federal Tax ID #95-2511202. Consult your tax advisor regarding tax deductibility.

“Whatever level of support you can give, you’re going to get back more than what you gave.”