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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

Pasadena Origami Festival

Open Day Last Sunday September 24

Pasadena Origami Festival with Joel Stern and the West Coast Origami Group. The Origami Festival is free with Open Day admission.

September 24 Open Day Last Sunday
Online Reservations Are Closed

Open Day Last Sunday
September 24 10am to 4pm
Open Sunday Admission $7.50 September 24

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 $30.00 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 $30

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
Plein Air Watercolor

Plein Air Watercolor Classes

Weekly Classes Start Friday, September 8

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 September 8 from 9:30am to Noon
10-Week Plein Air Watercolor Package $175 Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation

Series of Five Classes

Instructor Debra Dysart leads 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 Shambhala Los Angeles where she has been a practitioner for 20 years.

  • Classes will be Held in the Beautiful Niko-An Teahouse 8:30 to 9:30am every Friday
  • Classes are Sold in a Series of Five for $50.00 per person
  • Discounts Apply for Members at the Sustaining Level and Above
  • The Garden is Wheelchair Accessible
  • Sorry, No Pets Allowed
  • Open Rain or Shine

Series of Five Weekly Classes in the Niko-an Teahouse
Fridays from 8:30am to 9:30am
5-Week Mindfulness Meditation Package $50
Peace Crane Project

Opening Reception of Floralia

Friday September 8 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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.

  • This event is FREE
  • Reservations are required
  • Exhibition runs through December 7
  • It may be viewed during the garden’s open hours or by appointment
  • 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

Member’s Opening Reception for Floralia
Friday September 8 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Complimentary admission with reservation
Make a Reservation for the Floralia Reception

International Day of Peace

United Nations International Day of Peace

Open Thursday September 21 10am to 4pm

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. –United Nations

To mark this important day at the Garden, we will participate in the Peace Crane Project during Open Thursday on September 21. Volunteers will help you learn to fold origami cranes as a prayer for peace around the world. The cranes will be collected and sent to places in the world that can benefit from your prayers. We hope you will join us. Paper and instructions provided. The International Day of Peace is free with Open Thursday admission.

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

United Nations International Day of Peace
Open Thursday September 21 10am to 4pm
Open Thursday Admission $7.50



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