Storrier Stearns Japanese Gardens Opens with Heightened Safety Regulations

Published on Jan 20, 2021

Need some time away from everything to just enjoy a peaceful garden environment? 

Pasadena’s Storrier Stearns Japanese Gardens understands this feeling and is open on Saturday and Sunday for two different events.

Saturdays in the Garden feature a twilight-to-dark session from 3 to 6:30 p.m. At this time of day, the light is ethereal as twilight dissolves into nighttime and the garden lights begin to add to the beauty. Finding peace can be especially difficult these days, but the Storrier Stearns garden is an oasis that offers the serenity that has characterized Japanese gardens for centuries. 

For Saturdays in the Garden, visitors can register up to four people who live in the same household, including children. Fees are $12 each, and kids 12 and under get in for free. 

Members of the Garden and donors of $50 or more can simply log into the registration page and receive free admission for two. Registration is required and closes at 9 a.m. Saturday. No walk-ins will be allowed. 

For  Open Sundays, the garden is open for three two-hour sessions. Choose from 10 a.m. to noon, noon to 2 p.m., and 2 to 4 p.m. The garden becomes a peaceful retreat on Sunday, when there are no events planned. It’s the perfect time for quiet contemplation and introspection, which Japanese gardens are primarily designed for. 

Again, register up to four people who live in the same household. Registration for Open Sunday is $7.50 per person, and kids 12 and under are admitted for free. 

Members and donors of $50 or more have free admission, but registration is required. Registration for Open Sunday is open up to 9 a.m. Sunday. 

Attendance is limited to facilitate safe physical distancing, and masks must be worn at all times. Be sure to read additional guidelines on the Garden website.

Garden paths are all one-way, and no passing or backtracking is permitted. The terrace, house, and gift shop are off-limits. The teahouse will be open to view from outside, but not to enter. 

Garden staff members recommend bringing water and hand sanitizer. Sanitizer will be available, but carrying your own is advised. 

To register, visit

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