• Descanso Gardens
  • 1418 Descanso Drive
  • La Canada Flintridge, California 91011
  • United States
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017 - October 15, 2017
  • 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Art & Culture

    The Japanese Garden Festival will be held at the beautiful Descanso Gardens.  This family-friendly festival celebrates Japanese art and culture including a tour of the Japanese Garden, taiko drum performances and much more. Activities are free with admission unless noted.


    Ikebana Display

    View examples of 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.
    Both days; 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Japanese Garden Talk and Tour

    Saturday at 10:00 AM

    Dr. Kendall Brown, professor of Asian art history and author of “Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America, “will present a talk about Japanese-style gardens, followed by a walk through of Descanso’s Japanese Garden and a book-signing of his newest book Visionary Landscapes.

    Sunday at 10:00 AM

    Naomi Hirahara, author, curator and local historian, will present a talk that examines the history of Descanso’s Japanese Garden followed by a walk through the garden.

    Patina Fare

    Patina chefs will have Japanese-inspired fare and barbecue selections available for purchase.                       Both days; 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

    Taiko Drummer Performance

    The Kishin Daiko drummers is always a crowd pleaser who will be performing their feats of percussive magic.
    Both Days; 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM


    Create your own work of art inspired by the Japanese Garden.                                                                             Both Days; 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM

    About Descanso Gardens

    Descanso Gardens is a unique Southern California landscape distinguished by its specialized botanic collections, historical significance, and rare natural beauty.  Their mission is to practice exemplary stewardship of Descanso’s distinctive character and assets; offer people an experience close to nature; and cultivate understanding of the natural world and people’s place in it through inspiration, education and example.”

    Admission: General $9. Seniors 65 and over/Students $6. Children (5 to 12 years) $4. Descanso members and children under 5 free.

    Ticketing information available at descansogardens.org/tickets

  • Cost: Activities free with admission
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