Monday, October 31, 2011

Descanso Gardens offers November education and fun

Enjoy the garden inside and out this November, when Descanso Gardens presents four programs sure to increase enjoyment of plants. Enjoy guided walks in the Gardens, learn new moves with your pruners and visit a local floral landmark.

Flower Mart Tour, Saturday, Nov. 12, 7 a.m.: Take a morning jaunt to the L.A. Flower Mart with floral designer Ray Tucker. Learn the ins and outs of shopping this local landmark and get tips for decorating for the holidays. $25 nonmembers, $15 members. Advance registration required by Nov. 10. Meet at the L.A. Flower Mart.

Fruit Tree Pruning, Saturday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m.: Rachel Young, native plant horticulturist, demonstrates techniques to prune fruit trees for beauty and maximum bounty. $10 nonmembers, members free. Class fee includes admission to the Gardens. Space is limited; advance registration advised. In the Harvest Garden.

Fall Color Walk, Saturday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m.: Enjoy the beauty of autumn at Descanso. Horticulturist Wayne Walker leads this walk-and-talk that showcases the best locations to view fall color. Free with Gardens admission. At the Center Circle.

Heritage Oak Walk: Saturday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m.: Experience the giants in the Descanso landscape, the Coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia). These trees, some centuries old, are the remainder of a forest that once blanketed the region. Descanso Curator Wen Wang leads this informative walk. Free with Gardens admission. At the Center Circle.

Register for classes at the Visitor Center or by phoning (818) 949-7980. Admission to Descanso Gardens is $8 general, $6 seniors/students with I.D., $3 children 5 to 12; children 4 and younger free. Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. Information: (818) 949-4200.

About Descanso Gardens: Established as a public garden in 1953, Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, near the interchange of the 2 and 210 freeways. The Gardens are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas Day. Parking is free. Admission fees are $8 for adults; $6 for seniors and students; $3 for children 5 to 12, and free for members and children 4 and younger. Fees for classes and programs include Gardens admission. For information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit Descanso Gardens is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

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