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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Descanso Rose Festival May 16 & 17

Descanso Gardens celebrates America's favorite flower with the Rose Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 16th and 17th. Enjoy family fun, a lecture on roses, and guided tours of the Descanso rose garden. Ensemble Shakespeare Theater (formerly California Shakespeare Ensemble) will present a spirited tale of the Big Bad Wolf both days. And once again, floral designer Alison Franchi and makeup artist Jennifer Aspinall will turn a model into a "human vase" with makeup and flowers. 

Activities are free with Descanso admission except where noted.

Here is the event schedule:
  • Family Activity, both days, 10am - 1pm: Capture the sweet scent of roses by making potpourri sachets in this hands-on activity for all ages.
  • Let's Talk Roses, Saturday, 10:30 a.m.: Rachel Young, director of horticulture and garden operations, discusses sustainable roses for California gardens.
  • "Human Vase" Living Art, both days, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Using a model's body as a canvas adorned with roses, body paint, jewels, and a beautiful gown, floral artist Alison Franchi of La Petite Gardenia and make-up artist Jennifer Aspinall will create the Rose Queen, a "human vase."
  • Patina on the Promenade, both days, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Patina will sell specialty cocktails, wine, beer and nonalcoholic beverages, as well as snacks.
  • Flower Crown Workshop, Saturday, noon - 1:30 p.m.: Create a flower crown to show off at the Rose Festival! Taught by sculptor-turned-florist Felixa Funes, this workshop is open to all ages and skill levels. Co-produced with People's Pop-Up. $35 includes materials. Register at
  • Fairy Tales in the Garden, both days, 1 p.m.: Ensemble Shakespeare Theater performs the spirited and humorous tale of "The Autobiography of Big Bad Wolf" in a family-friendly production on the Main Lawn and the Under the Oaks Theater.
  • Rose Garden Walk, both days, 1:30 p.m.: Join this guided walk and learn what's new in the International Rosarium.

Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. Admission is $9 for adults; $6 for seniors and students with a school I.D.; $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit

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