Monday, April 26, 2010

Descanso Gardens to offer guided walks in May

Enjoy the bounty of spring this May when you take one of these upcoming guided walks at Descanso Gardens.

First up, Descanso’s curator Wen Wang gives a tour of Descanso’s “Spectacular Flowering Trees of Spring” on Saturday May 1 at 11 a.m. Learn about the flowering crabapple, cherry and plum trees that grace the Gardens. This is a free walk and participants are asked to meet at the Center Circle a few minutes prior to the walk start time.

On Mother's Day, May 9 at 1 p.m., Descanso’s Rosarium Horticulturist Justin Huff leads an easy and informative stroll through “The Early Blooms in the Rose Garden” which is home to 3,000 different rose varieties, including all All-American Rose Selections (AARS) since 1940. Again, this is a free walk and walkers are to meet at the Center Circle prior to walk time.

Finally, on Friday, May 14 at 7:15 p.m. find out what goes on at Descanso after dark when docents Jim and Joanne Jackson lead an enchanted “Night Walk” that covers botanical and historical highlights along with flora and fauna. You never know what you’ll discover! Participants must be at least 12 years old. Wear sensible shoes and bring a jacket and flashlight. Space is limited so early registration is recommended. This walk is $15 for the public and only $10 for Descanso members. Call (818) 949-7080 to register and for more information.

Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive in La Canada. For general information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit

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