Descanso Gardens Partners with Jones Coffee Roasters, Also Plans New Grab-and-Go Culinary Market

Published on Aug 27, 2023

Descanso Gardens, a botanical garden in La Cañada Flintridge known for its natural beauty and tranquility, will launch two new ventures next month that aim to enhance the culinary experience for visitors.

The garden will debut a partnership with Jones Coffee Roasters, a Pasadena-based company that grows, roasts and sells high-quality coffee beans from its family farm in Guatemala.

Starting Sept. 1, Jones Coffee Roasters will station a trailer near the garden’s entrance, offering coffee blends, pastries and breakfast items daily from 7:30 a.m. to closing. The first day of operation will feature free drip coffee for customers while supplies last.

A Descanso Gardens statement said Jones Coffee Roasters Co-Founder Chuck Jones will be on hand opening day to welcome guests to the new location.

The garden will also open The Market, a grab-and-go culinary market in the former Café space. The Market will feature fresh salads, sandwiches, snacks and beverages for visitors to enjoy in the garden or to take home.

Juliann Rooke, Descanso Gardens CEO, said she was excited about the collaboration with Jones Coffee Roasters, which shares the garden’s passion for community and sustainability.

“I have, for years, wanted Jones Coffee to be our partner and I finally got my wish,” Rooke said. “I know our visitors will love strolling in the garden, coffee in hand.”

The Market will also offer soft-serve ice cream, perfect for satisfying cravings on warm, sunny days.

The new dining and drinking options are made possible through a new partnership between Descanso Gardens and Sodexo Live!, the statement said. The partnership also includes Flora Events, the exclusive caterer for the Gardens, and a new restaurant opening in 2024.

Descanso Gardens is a 150-acre oasis that features seasonal horticultural displays, native plant collections, historical landmarks and educational programs. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free admission for members and children under 5.

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