Thursday, January 17, 2013

Earth Day at Descanso Gardens April 20

Earth Day, Saturday, April 20
  • Family activities, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Birds of a feather care for the Earth together! Learn more about our precious planet Earth and the vital role of our beautiful birds at Descanso's annual Earth Day celebration. Children can explore nature through hands-on activities. Discover the tastiness of locally grown, organic foods at Patina's eco-friendly farm stand where mouth-watering selections will be sold. Activities free with admission.
  • Debra Prinzing presents "Slow Flowers," workshop 10:30 a.m.: Join the celebrated author of "The 50 Mile Bouquet" for a hands-on floral design workshop using locally sourced ingredients and a wide array of eco-couture techniques. This "make it and take it" design workshop will introduce the basics of floral design with room to express personal style. Learn the best ways to harvest, process and prolong the vase life of flora, including flowers, branches, grasses, and even edibles. Workshop is $75 which includes supplies, lunch and a signed copy of Prinzing's book "Slow Flowers." Tickets on sale starting March 1 at
  • Mobile Homeboys in Concert, noon to 2 p.m.: This rocking ensemble is a Descanso favorite. Sit back in the Under the Oaks Theater and enjoy an afternoon of hard charging country-flavored rock and roll.
  • "Slow Flowers" lecture, 1:30 p.m.: First there was slow food.Now there are slow flowers, local and fresh: no chemical-laden blooms flown in from afar. In her book "Slow Flowers," garden writer Debra Prinzing takes us through the seasons to create 52 vibrant bouquets using only locally-sourced materials. She celebrates each season's unique character with fresh blossoms, ornamental twigs, foliage, dried pods, and more. Learn expert tips and bouquet "recipes" for beautifying your world in an Earth-friendly manner. Free with admission. In Van de Kamp Hall.
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 91011. The Gardens are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas Day. Descanso Gardens is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

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