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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

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)
  • 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
  • You May Choose to Pay Admission Upon Arrival

March Open Day Last Sunday
Online Reservations Are Closed
Please Pay Admission at the Gate

Open Day Last Sunday
March 26 10am to 4pm
Pasadena Festival of Tea

Pasadena Festival of Tea

Open Day Last Sunday March 26 beginning at 12pm

Join us at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden as we launch the first ever Pasadena Festival of Tea—an event that will delight tea lovers and garden lovers alike.

Take a walk in the garden and enjoy the camellia and various fragrant and sometimes drinkable plants, as spring works its magic on our beautiful hill-and-pond stroll garden. Take part in tea sampling with six major local tea vendors and attend informative talks by experts about different types of tea, caffeinated and herbal blends from Asia and beyond. A limited number of visitors will be able to enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at 12pm and 2pm with Mikko Nakatomi in the Niko-an teahouse.

Second Sunday Jazz

March Concert Features Peter Smith

Our March 12 Second Sunday Jazz Series will feature Peter Smith, an accomplished pianist, singer, arranger, and songwriter whose career has flourished on both coasts. Originally a New Yorker, Peter has lived in Los Angeles since 2005 and has been working steadily in television and film, his compositions appearing on numerous TV shows as well as in the films Hotel Noir, Myth of Fingerprints, and Bleached. Peter released his debut jazz album Here it Comes in 2009, featuring a mix of original material and standard repertoire. The musicians on the album are Allen Mezquida, Charles Owens, Trevor Ware, Clayton Cameron, and both Patrice Quinn and Molly Ringwald are featured vocalists.

  • Concert Begins at 2pm (Gates Open at 1:30pm)
  • Reservations can be made for $20.00
  • Garden Members Receive Reduced Admission Based on Membership Level
  • Reservations Are Required & Close the Day Before at 5pm
  • The Garden is Wheelchair Accessible
  • Sorry, No Pets Allowed
  • Open Rain or Shine & We Aren't Able to Issue Refunds

March 12 Second Sunday Jazz Series
Online Reservations Are Closed

Second Sunday Jazz Series
March 12 at 2pm
Members March 12 Second Sunday Jazz Series

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

  • Reservations can be made for $7.50 (Children 12 and under are free)
  • 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 2pm
  • Open Rain or Shine & We Aren't Able to Issue Refunds
  • You May Choose to Pay Admission Upon Arrival

March 2 Open Thursday
Online Reservations Are Closed
Please Pay Admission at the Gate

Open Thursday
March 2 from 10am to 4pm
Tea & Talks

On the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, Yurie Halchak will serve tea and Japanese sweets, and give a talk in the teahouse about the history and customs surrounding tea in Japanese culture

  • Reservations for Non-Members are $12.50 which includes $7.50 for Open Day Admission plus $5.00 for Tea & Talk
  • Garden Members Receive Complimentary Open Day Admission and Pay Just $5.00 for Tea & Talk
  • Space is Limited & Reservations are Required
  • Reservations Close the Day Before at 5pm
  • Tea & Talk Begin at 1pm

March 2 Tea & Talk
Reservations Are Closed

Tea & Talk
Thursday, March 2
Members March 2 Tea & Talk $5.00

Plein Air Watercolor Classes – Series 2

Fridays in the Garden

Learn from Pete Morris, a local artist who has become widely known in the area, not only for his landscape paintings but his ability to capture life as it happens. An experienced teacher, Pete will guide students on their artistic exploration of this unique Japanese garden.

Ten Weekly Classes in The Garden
Starting March 24
Fridays from 10am to Noon
Members 10-Week Plein Air Watercolor Package Non-Member 10-Week Plein Air Watercolor Package $175.00


Mindfulness Meditation Classes – Series 2

Fridays in the Garden

Instructor Debra Dysart will lead classes in the tranquil and healing environment of the garden. Debra is a teacher at the Shambhala Meditation Centers of Los Angeles. She also teaches Shambhala Art and is a former Director of the Shambhala Los Angeles where she has been a practitioner for 20 years.

Five Weekly Classes in the Niko-an Teahouse
Starting February 24
Fridays from 8:30am to 9:30am
Members 5-Week Mindfulness Meditation Package $25 Non-Member 5-Week Mindfulness Meditation Package $50


Ikebana Classes

Fridays in the Garden

Learn the traditional art of Japanese flower arrangement. Classes will be led by Bokuho (Saeko) Kujiraoka, director of the Los Angeles branch of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Ms. Kujiraoka is a member of the Ikebana Teachers Association of Southern California. She has been teaching and creating ikebana since 1987.

Six Weekly Classes in the Niko-an Teahouse
Starting January 20
Fridays from 10am to Noon
Members 6-Week Ikebana Package
Non-Member 6-Week Ikebana Package $210



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