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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)
  • 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

Josinaldo Costa

Guitar Performance of Toru Takemitsu’s Work
by Josinaldo Costa

Open Day Last Sunday May 28 Performance at 2pm

Join us for a mellow, multi-cultural afternoon in the Garden as Brazilian classical guitarist Josinaldo Costa performs guitar compositions by modern Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. Costa will give an introduction to the composer and his contribution to modern music and will also perform more traditional classical guitar pieces.

Costa holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music, a Bachelor’s degree from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil) and a Master’s degree from the University of Akron, where he studied with Mauro Maibrada and Stephen Aron. He has performed classical and baroque guitar internationally for over a decade. Currently based in Los Angeles, Costa is a Contributing Editor for the Guitar Foundation of America Soundboard magazine and serves as the Director of Guitar at Servite High School, one of the few full-time high school classical guitar curricula in the United States. He is also a member of the new music group Ensemble Ritsos and maintains a permanent collaboration with Armin Abdihodzic in the Duo Alisio.


May 28 Open Day Last Sunday
Online Reservations Are Closed

Morning Arrival: Open Day Last Sunday
May 28 arriving anytime between 10am & 12pm
May 28 10am to 12pm Admission
Afternoon Arrival: Open Day Last Sunday
May 28 arriving anytime between 12:30pm & 3:30pm
May 28 12:30pm to 3:30pm Admission
Second Sunday Jazz

June Concert Features
John Proulx

These Sunday afternoons are getting rave reviews from everyone who comes. The series curator, jazz artist, David Arnay, lines up the very best talent on the Los Angeles jazz scene. This month, it's John Proulx, jazz pianist, vocalist and award-winning composer.

John’s relaxed vocal quality and swinging piano playing shines through on songs made popular by Chet Baker and Nat King Cole. With top LA musicians, bassist, Alex Frank, and drummer, Dean Koba, they come to the garden with a mix of familiar jazz classics and original compositions taken from John’s three albums. Additionally, they will feature new songs on his latest CD, Songcatcher, due out in September on the ArtistShare crowd-funding label. It’s sure to be a concert not to be missed.

  • Concert Begins at 2pm (Gates Open at 1:30pm)
  • Reservations can be made for $17.50
  • You may choose to pay $20.00 admission upon arrival
  • Discounted Admission for Members at the Friend Level and Higher
  • Reservations Close the Day Before at Midnight
  • Open Day admission coupons do not apply for the Second Sunday Jazz Concerts
  • The Garden is Wheelchair Accessible
  • Sorry, No Pets Allowed
  • Open Rain or Shine

June 11 Second Sunday Jazz Series
Online Reservations Are Closed

Second Sunday Jazz Series
June 11 at 2pm
June 11 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 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

May 25 Open Thursday
Online Reservations Are Closed
Please Pay Admission at the Gate

Open Thursday
May 25 from 10am to 4pm
May 25 Open Thursday
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

May 4 & 18 Tea & Talk
SOLD OUT!

June 1 Tea & Talk
SOLD OUT!

Tea & Talk
Thursday, June 1
Members June 1 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
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

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.

Weekly Classes in the Niko-an Teahouse
Fridays from 8:30am to 9:30am
Members Individual Mindfulness Meditation Classes $5 each


Non-Member Individual Mindfulness Meditation Classes $10 each


Lisa See

A Very Special Book Event at the Garden

Friday June 30 from 5pm to 7:30pm

We are delighted to be hosting a very special book event at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden. Author Lisa See will join us for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a special presentation of her new novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.

The book, which was just released in March, tells the tale of a Chinese family whose life in a remote village revolves around the farming of tea. When one of the girls has a baby out of wedlock and puts her up for adoption, it sets in motion a story that explores culture, tradition, and the bonds between mothers and daughters. Such themes are familiar to readers of Lee‘s earlier best-selling books, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, Peony in Love, and Dreams of Joy. Tea Girl debuted at No. 6 on the New York Times best-sellers list, and Kirkus Reviews praised it as “a riveting exercise in fictional anthropology.”

  • Tickets to the event will be $50 each
  • Includes a copy of the book, which the author will sign at the program
  • Space for this event is limited so please make sure to reserve as soon as possible
  • Complimentary valet parking will be provided

An Evening with Lisa See
Friday June 30 from 5pm to 7:30pm
Make a Reservation for An Evening with Lisa See



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