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Programs, Reservations & Fund Raising

Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden hosts numerous cultural events, educational programs and Open Days throughout the year. Please check back regularly for program updates and newly scheduled events

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The Garden is open to the public 10am to 4pm the last Sunday of each month
The Garden is Closed Holidays

  • Reservations can be made for $7.50 (Children 12 and under are free)
  • You may choose to pay $10.00 admission upon arrival
  • Garden Members Receive Complimentary Open Day Admission
  • Reservations Close the Day Before at 5pm
  • The Garden is Wheelchair Accessible
  • Sorry, No Pets Allowed
  • Free Docent Tours Offered at 11am
  • Open Rain or Shine & We Aren't Able to Issue Refunds

Mitchell Long Brazilian Trio

World Music Series Presents
Mitchell Long Brazilian Jazz Trio

Open Day Last Sunday October 29 at 2pm

Join us to kick off our new World Music Series when the Mitchell Long Brazilian Jazz Trio brings their vast repertoire of songs from many periods of Brazilian music.

Mitchell Long Guitar and VocalsAaron Serfaty Drums John Leftwich Bass

Mitchell, an acoustic and electric guitarist, singer, band-leader and world traveler, has 35+ years experience in performing, recording, composing and arranging in Jazz, Blues, Pop, improvisation and World Music. The jazz background of this all-star trio enables plenty of interplay and improvisation. They will also feature some of Mitchell’s own compositions as well as songs from Africa. The performance begins at 2pm.

The World Music Series is curated by Los Angeles jazz musician and composer, David Arnay, who first brought us the popular Second Sunday Jazz Series. Watch the website for World Music performances throughout the year on Open Day Last Sunday.

Reservations recommended as we do sell out. Performance FREE with admission.


October 29 Open Day Last Sunday
Online Reservations Are Closed
Event is SOLD OUT
October 29 Open Day Last Sunday
Online Reservations Are Closed

Open Day Last Sunday
October 29 10am to 4pm
Open Sunday Admission $7.50 October 29
The Power and Beauty of the Japanese Sword

A Special Evening with Collectors

Friday, October 27 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

The Japanese sword is one of the most highly revered objects in Japanese traditional culture. Said to embody the spirit of the samurai warrior, the sword – especially the curved katana blade – is also one of the most exquisitely crafted art forms created in Japan. For centuries, swordsmiths have been highly respected for their ability to forge blades that are not only sharp and powerful but also serenely beautiful, often patterned with an ethereal hamon that evokes a misty mountain range, crashing waves or drifting clouds. Not surprisingly, these blades have been passed on through generations as family treasures and are now passionately collected around the world.

Please join us at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden for a unique evening with Japanese sword collectors Yurie Halchek and Richard Suran, who will not only share with us their knowledge about the history and production of these precious weapons but also show us several swords from their collection, some of which date back 1,000 years. They will also bring with them several sword fittings, such as tsuba and menuki, which are remarkable works of artistry in their own right.

Tickets for this special event are $20.00 per person, (discounts apply for garden members) and will include a reception in the garden with wine and appetizers before the talk. Space is limited so reservations are required.

October 27 The Power and Beauty of the Japanese Sword
Online Reservations Are Closed

The Power and Beauty of the Japanese Sword
Friday, October 27 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
October 27 The Power and Beauty of the Japanese Sword Admission $20

The Garden is open to the public 10am to 4pm every Thursday
The Garden is Closed Holidays

  • Reservations can be made below for $7.50 (Children 12 and under are free)
  • You may choose to pay $10.00 admission upon arrival
  • Garden Members Receive Complimentary Open Day Admission For Two
  • Reservations Close the Day Before at 5pm
  • The Garden is Wheelchair Accessible
  • Sorry, No Pets Allowed
  • Free Docent Tours Offered at 11am and 2pm
  • Open Rain or Shine & We Aren't Able to Issue Refunds

Aug 3 Open Thursday
Online Reservations Are Closed
Please Pay Admission at the Gate

Open Thursday
from 10am to 4pm
Open Thursday Admission $7.50
Sunday Just for Members

In Appreciation of Our Generous Supporters

Sunday, November 12 from 10am to 4pm

We have a great day planned with fun and interesting activities for members to enjoy without a crowd. It's one way we can show our appreciation to our generous supporters during the month of Thanksgiving.

Get out your camera gear because this will be a perfect opportunity to photograph the garden, take a selfie with your true love or shoot that family portrait you've been meaning to get in a beautiful environment – think holiday cards. Members may bring tripods (usually prohibited), selfie paraphernalia, and whatever else you need for those perfect shots. (Amateur photographers only, please.)

You can also sample Japanese teas in the Niko-an teahouse. At 1pm learn about the fascinating history of tea and its importance to the Japanese culture from the garden's Creative Director, Meher McArthur.

Go on a scavenger hunt throughout the garden, feed the koi, then have a picnic while you're at it. You can bring your own or we will order a bento box for you from the Delicatessen by Osawa, recently opened by Pasadena's favorite Japanese restaurant. The menu and order form will be available November 1st. For dessert, have a MOCHI on us! We will have a variety of flavors for each member of your party to choose from.

There will be a docent tour as usual at 11am and later in the day, you can join Connie and Jim Haddad to hear some little known history of the garden – what they refer to as "the history behind the history." Hear what it was like when they were newlyweds living in the teahouse without heat or running water, and how, over the years, this little piece of land became like a treasured family heirloom, one that needs to be shared. Why else would they have gone to so much trouble to create the non-profit we have today so this hidden jewel might be available to us and to future generations?

  • Garden Members Receive Complimentary Admission for Two
  • Children 12 and under are also free
  • On this day family members may also come with you
  • Reservations are Required
  • Docent Tour at 11am
A Sunday Just For Members
Sunday, November 12 from 10am to 4pm
Nov 12 Sunday for Members Admission
Plein Air Watercolor

Plein Air Watercolor Classes

Weekly Classes Start Friday, November 17

Learn plein air watercolor painting from Pete Morris, a local artist who is widely known in the area for his landscape paintings. An experienced teacher, Pete will guide students on their artistic exploration of this unique Japanese garden. Students can join the class after the start of the session by contacting info@japanesegardenpasadena.com.

Ten Weekly Classes in the Garden
Fridays Beginning November 17 from 9:30am to Noon
10-Week Plein Air Watercolor Package $175
Peace Crane Project

See the Current Exhibition "Floralia"

Open for viewing during the garden's open hours or by appointment

Named for the ancient Roman festival held in honor of Flora, the Goddess of Flowers, the exhibition Floralia features modern Western paintings of flowers, including still life works by Marcel Dyf and Jacques Danglas, and several antique Audubon prints. Also featured will be a selection of small but stunning antique Chinese watercolor paintings.

About the Garden’s En Gallery

In Japanese, the word en written with one character 園 can mean garden. Written with a different character 縁, en can signify the special, and often mysterious, bond that connects people. It also refers to the veranda — a space that exists between inside and outside. Located in the Meeting Room of the house looking out on the garden, the gallery will feature exhibitions of art relating to nature, spirituality, wellness and relationships. The exhibitions will spotlight work by artists from all around the world and in a range of diverse styles and will be curated by Meher McArthur, an Asian art historian and Creative Director of the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden.

  • Exhibition runs through December 7
  • When garden is closed, you may make an appointment to view this exhibition with the curator, Meher McArthur
  • The works will be for sale and part of the proceeds will benefit the garden’s educational and cultural programming
  • Please park on-site via one of our two driveways

Make an Appointment

Come enjoy a glass of wine and practice your Japanese at Pasadena's "hidden jewel", the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden. All levels of expertise and native speakers welcome. This stroll garden features a koi pond and a formal teahouse on approximately two acres.

An Evening to Practice Speaking Japanese
November 3 from 6pm to 8pm
Admission $7.50



Questions? Please contact us via e-mail: info@japanesegardenpasadena.com
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