From STAFF REPORTS
Published: Friday, November 1, 2013 | 9:45 AM
Descanso Gardens celebrates the art and culture of Japan at its annual Japanese Garden Festival, Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10. The weekend includes fashion shows of kimonos, taiko drum performances, interactive origami, garden tours and more. Festival activities are free with admission to the Gardens.
Ikebana display is at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for both days: Ikebana, the art of flower arranging, is one of the most actively practiced of Japan’s traditional arts. The Sogetsu School of Ikebana promotes a contemporary and international understanding of this art form, and meditations on plant life are reflected in these arrangements on display for your inspiration.
Walking tours of the Gardens, 11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. for both days. Learn more about the Descanso plant collections and enjoy the autumn color on these guided walks led by the experts.
Camellia Lounge, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for both days. Patina will sell distinctive Japanese cuisine, sake and beverages.
Los Angeles Kimono Club Fashion Show, 11:30 am & 1:30 p.m. Saturday only. Members of the Los Angeles Kimono Club will give an educational presentation about these beautiful traditional garments, followed by a fashion show of kimonos in the Under the Oaks Theater.
Taiko Drummers, 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Sunday only. Always a crowd-pleaser, the Taiko Drummers perform feats of percussive magic in the Under the Oaks Theater.
Admission to Descanso Gardens is $9 general, $6 seniors/students with I.D., $4 children 5 to 12; children 4 and younger free. For more information, call (818) 949-4200 or www.descansogardens.org.
About Descanso Gardens:
Established as a public garden in 1953, Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. The Gardens is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily except Christmas Day. Descanso Gardens is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.