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Botanic Bling

Botanic Bling
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We don’t have the details on which vendors will be on hand, but the event name is enough to garner our interest. Descanso Gardens hosts a 2-day holiday gift event: Botanic Bling.   Botanic Bling, Descanso’s trunk show of nature-themed jewelry and accessories, returns just in time for holiday shopping. The event will feature unique […]

Make Your Own Bitters

Make Your Own Bitters

Woodsy and spicy or anise-scented? Angostura or Peychaud’s? Along with orange, Thomas Parsons calls this “the holy trinity” of bitters.¹ Many people know bitters as a classic ingredient for cocktails. We did not know that originally bitters were medicinal tonics. Supposedly in 1838, Antoine Amedie Peychaud, a pharmacist and Creole immigrant from Haiti, “began dispensing […]

Kikezuri: Japanese Woodcarving Class

Kikezuri: Japanese Woodcarving Class

It’s described as “part sculpture class, part active meditation.” How would that work exactly? Come immerse and relax in the practice of kikezuri, the art of Japanese woodcarving. This hands-on class is led by master woodcarver Yo Takimoto. Open to all ages and skill levels.   Kikezuri: Japanese Woodcarving Saturday, Oct. 24, 1-4 p.m. Descanso […]

Center Circle

Center Circle

In this moment, drought-tolerant and water-wise gardens and lawns are the new normal. Is creating one yourself a temptation about which you’re eager and excited or does the idea lead to head shaking and slumped shoulders—where to begin? Descanso Gardens’ Center Circle is located just inside the garden gate and has been created to illustrate […]

Movers & Shakers à la Don Draper

Movers & Shakers à la Don Draper

Imagine the hands of time are moving towards 8 p.m. and the sun is setting behind you, giving the San Gabriel Mountains across the valley a lavender pink glow. The evening temperature is mild, the warmth from the day mixing with the cool entrance of night, and you breath deeply, feel your shoulders relax, and […]

A Human Vase & Flower Crowns

A Human Vase & Flower Crowns

Floral artist Alison Franchi of La Petite Gardinia and make-up effects artist Jennifer Aspinall use layers of body paint, jewels, and “perfectly manipulated flowers” to create a human vase at this weekend’s Rose Festival at Descanso Gardens. A live model will be the object in creating the Rose Queen, her body the canvas for this […]

Cherry Blossom Walk, Talk, Buy

Cherry Blossom Walk, Talk, Buy

Despite temperatures in the high 80s and even low 90s, we know it’s officially spring because it’s time for the Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens. Walks, talks, music, origami, food, and the sale of cherry trees will take place all weekend, March 21st-22nd. 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday-Sunday, March 21st-22nd Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso […]

Camellia & Tea Festival

Camellia & Tea Festival

Enjoying the blooming of tens of thousands camellias every year at Descanso Gardens is thanks to a man who was born in a log cabin in Washington state, was gassed during World War I in the Argonne, and spent time working as a “door-to-door flatiron salesman, ditch digger, janitor and miner.” This man? Elias Manchester […]

Organic Gardening & a Passion for Camellias

Organic Gardening & a Passion for Camellias

We have a dear friend who’s always thrilled as a puppy when she’s getting around to prepping her garden boxes, and also while planting her tomatoes, lettuces, and peppers. From that point on, though, the fun, glee, and results go downhill. Want to “get the best results from your home garden the natural way”? Horticulturist […]

Elemental: Light

Elemental: Light

The funny thing about light is that you can’t really see it. You can see the things that make light, like the sun, the light bulb overhead, or the fire in the fireplace. You can see other things like leaves, rocks, rooms, cars, and buildings because of the light that bounces off their surfaces into […]

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