Descanso Gardens Abloom With Camellias & Plans for Spring

Published on Jan 19, 2022
While spring is still a couple of months away, Descanso Gardens has all kinds of wonderful bloom-related activities planned for the next few months that are guaranteed to delight, educate and inspire. Following are some of the special events leading up to and welcoming spring in late March.


What Blossoms: A Poetic Celebration of Camellias
Celebrate camellias and poetry throughout the month of February at Descanso Gardens.


Camellias can bloom in our coldest and darkest winter season. These brilliant flowers, native to Asia, contain stories of resilience, hope, loss and ingenuity. Descanso supports one of the largest collections of camellias in North America, with more than 3,500 known and recorded plants, representing over 600 varieties.


In collaboration with accomplished poets Amy Uyematsu and Peter Levitt, Descanso is pleased to offer a series of programs that invite exploration, reflection, and participation. All programs take place at the Amphitheater next to the Main Lawn.


Poetry Reading. Saturday, February 5, 2022, 2–3:30pm
Poets from around the Los Angeles area come together to share poems about nature. Moderated by author and historian Naomi Hirahara, and featuring poets Traci Kato-Kiriyama, Kenji Liu, Phoebe MacAdams, Mariano Zaro and Gloria Alvarez, the reading will conclude with an invitation for program attendees to join a mini-workshop on writing haiku. Free with admission. No advance registration required.


Haiku Walk & Workshop. Saturday, February 12, 2022, 10:30am–noon
Led by haiku poet Debbie Kolodji, this workshop will include time to walk in the garden and be inspired by the camellias and instruction on writing the traditional Japanese three-line poem. Free with admission. No advance registration required.


Haiku Installation. Saturday, February 5, 2022–Sunday, February 27, 2022, 10am–4pm daily
Garden visitors are invited to add their own poems to a community created haiku installation. Free with admission. No advance registration required.


Every year, chapters of the American Camellia Society host a series of events designed to foster appreciation for and knowledge of the beloved Camellia plant. Queen of the winter flowers, camellias love the Southern California climate and bloom in a rainbow of colors for months. Upcoming events celebrating the beautiful evergreen include the following (free with admission, 9am-5pm):


  • Pacific Camelia Society, February 19-20, 2022
  • Southern California Camelia Council, February 26-27
Beginning March 21, Descanso will stay open until 7pm weekday nights until September 2. Other activities include:


Spring Bloom Tours
March 12, April 9 and May 14, 11am & 1pm
How does Descanso get cherry trees to bloom in SoCal? How does the crew plant 40,000 tulip bulbs? Stroll through the Gardens and learn about cherry blossoms, flowering trees and other seasonal spring favorites on these guided walks.


Pollinator Seek and Find
March – June, at the Harvest Garden during normal operating hours
Kids of all ages can learn about how important pollinators are in the garden and participate in special activities to find Descanso’s resident pollinators.


Spring Celebration
Saturday, March 26, 10am-4pm
Celebrate spring and nature at the Gardens. Local community partners including the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Latino Outdoors, Arroyos and Foothill Conservancy, California Native Plant Society, Theodore Payne Foundation, and Kidspace Children’s Museum will be on hand to talk about everything from local wildlife to planting your own California native garden.


Your (Un)natural Garden
April 16, 2022–Jan. 8, 2023
Yes, please touch the art! Experience art in the garden like you’ve never seen or felt before. Work by artist Adam Schwerner in the Sturt Haaga Gallery, Boddy House, and throughout the landscape will intrigue your senses and demand your participation.


About Descanso Gardens 
Founded as a public garden in 1953, Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. Descanso Gardens is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends during the summer. Admission is $15 for adults; $11 for seniors and students with a school I.D.; $5 for children 5 to 12, and free for children under 5.


Descanso Gardens is a member-supported garden accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and the National Register of Historic Places. Join Descanso Gardens and enjoy free admission and early entry year-round. Information: (818) 949-4200 or

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