In the Garden

Descanso’s Popular Japanese Garden Festival

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.

Activities include:

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

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.