Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Educational Programs & Cultural Activities

Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit. –Jawaharlal Nehru

Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden hosts numerous cultural events and educational programs for its visitors throughout the year.

Over 1,700 people attended these programs in 2013, most at our cost or for a minimal donation.

  • Recycling and composting classes
  • Instrumentalists: Piano, Harp and Japanese Koto and Shakuhachi
  • Dance and theatre performances
  • Origami and ikebana demonstrations
  • Lectures and book signings
  • Presentations on the ritual and meaning of the Japanese tea ceremony

Our Focus
On Community

Our Garden is Your Garden.

We are committed to preserving the serenity and natural beauty of the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden for you, our community.

Through our many cultural and educational programs and activities we are striving to encourage more community involvement and regular enjoyment of this exquisite garden and to promote awareness of its importance as a significant historic treasure.

Become A Garden Volunteer

If you love getting your hands dirty, help Garden Manager, Jesus Rodriguez, with watering, weeding, sweeping, dead-heading, skimming and all the other things you probably already know.

While you’re at it you might get some serendipitous tips from a congenial expert–-Rodriguez has a degree in horticulture from his native Colombia and spent six years in Japan studying biotechnology and its use in agriculture.

To apply to be a volunteer, go to the Contact Page and use the form to e-mail your interest. Someone will get in touch with you.

Wellness & Enjoyment

A beautiful and charming retreat with a quiet and tranquil elegance.

Come alone or bring family and friends to the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden for Open Days, held the last Sunday of every month.

The garden can also be reserved by clubs and organizations, nonprofits and school groups, for structured activities, docent led tours or to simply relax and enjoy the beautiful grounds and serene setting.

  • Plein-air painting and photography
  • Poetry reading and writing
  • Yoga and Tai Chi
  • School field trips and family outings
  • Leisurely strolls
  • Health and wellness
  • Quiet contemplation and reflection

Pasadena’s Historic Jewel — Restored & Re-Imagined as a Place to Share

Educational Programs
Garden and landscaping clubs and organizations use the garden to provide educational lectures and tours.
Creative Inspiration
Artists and poets use the garden for quiet contemplation and as inspiration for their creative pursuits.
Cultural Activities
From piano recitals and tea ceremonies, to demonstrations of Origami and ikebana and more, the garden provides a wealth of cultural events throughout the year.
Simple Enjoyment
Monthly Open Days, docent led private tours, school group field trips and more, allow the community to enjoy the true serenity and natural beauty of this historic jewel.