During the month of October, Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge will hold “Halloween at Descanso,” a daylight pumpkin festival where displays at the 150-acre property will include a house made of pumpkins, a pumpkin arch, and a pumpkin mandala.
Visitors can also see sasanqua camellias, roses, and fall foliage in October. Tickets to “Halloween at Descanso” must be purchased in advance.
Between Oct. 1 and Oct. 25, “Halloween at Descanso” is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Oct. 26 to 31, the festival is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to a Descanso Gardens announcement, although Oct. 31 is open for Family Plus members only from 5 to 8 p.m.
Tickets are $4 to $15 each. To buy tickets, go to www.descansogardens.org/programs-events/halloween.
Descanso Gardens, located at 1418 Descanso Drive in La Cañada Flintridge, reopened in May after two months of closure due to COVID-19. The garden is open until 7 p.m. daily, except on such special occasions such as “Halloween at Descanso.”
The Garden features nine botanical collections, a miniature railroad, a house museum, a modern art gallery, a cafe and a gift shop. The urban retreat also boasts a redwood forest, streams, a lake, a bird sanctuary, and the largest camellia garden in the United States.
Programmed events include morning yoga, weekend walks, storytime for kids, gardening tutorials, and annual festivals.
When visiting, be sure to observe proper health guidance: maintain social distance of six feet or more with staff and other visitors, wear a face covering, bring water as all drinking fountains are closed, and get a ticket in advance if you are not a member.