Descanso Gardens

Nancy Foster

Descanso gardens is a 150-acre botanical garden located in La Canada Flintridge. With almost 1 million visitors per year and a mission to connect people with nature and one another, Descanso Gardens offers people an experience close to nature and cultivates understanding of the natural world and people’s place in it through inspiration, education, and example.

This grant will help fund HWAJODO: Birds and Flowers, a Korean art exhibition curated by Meher McArthur and scheduled for June 29 – September 29, 2024, in the Sturt Haaga Gallery. The exhibition will introduce Descanso Gardens visitors to the tradition of hwajodo, a Korean folk-art genre, in which birds, flowers, and other plants serve as symbols of good fortune, virtues, and spiritual values. The exhibition will present traditional examples of Korean art, as well as works by four local contemporary Korean American artists who explore similar natural themes. It will run June 29-September 29, 2024.