First Pasadena Festival of Tea
Open Day Last Sunday
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Photo by Patti Harrison
Join us as we launch the first ever Pasadena Festival of Tea--an event that will delight tea lovers and garden lovers alike. It will provide a unique opportunity for the garden's visitors to learn from experts about different types of tea, both caffeinated and herbal blends, from Asia and beyond.
Six major local tea vendors will be present to share their knowledge of tea: TeaMaster of Little Tokyo; Chado Tea Room; Hankook Tea; JT & Tea; TeaFul; and People's Potions (a medicinal, immunity-boosting tea).
Each will offer a Tea Sampling, and small tea tasting cups will be available for purchase at the event (the cups can also be reserved beforehand on the garden's website.
Visitors will be able to participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, held at 12pm and again at 2pm with Mikko Nakatomi in the Niko-an teahouse (reservations are required and can be made on the
Programs and Reservations
page of garden's website).
During the afternoon, three presentations will be given in the living room of the main house:
12:15 p.m. Japanese Green Tea 101 by Tiffany Williams and Patti Harrison
1:00 p.m. Cupping Taiwan Oolongs with Thomas Shu
1:30 p.m. What You Need to Know about Pu'er Tea by Linda Louie of Bana Tea Company
The festival is part of the garden's regular Open Day Last Sunday and the garden will be open from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are $10 at the gate and $7.50 reserved online in advance. There are additional charges to participate in a tea ceremony and to purchase the Tea Sampling cups.
We are grateful to our wonderful volunteers, Patti Harrison, Darlene Kelly and Mikko Nakatomi, for curating and organizing the
Pasadena Festival of Tea
. For more information and reservations, please visit the
Programs and Reservations
page of the website. (
Members receive complimentary admission.
Children 12 and under are free.The garden is wheelchair accessible. Sorry, no pets allowed.)
Remember: The City of Pasadena prohibits our visitors from parking on the surrounding residential streets. Please follow the signs to park on-site. On Open Day Last Sunday, parking is also available in the lot we share with the Westridge School on Madeline Drive. It is accessible from Pasadena Avenue.
Second Sunday Jazz Series
April 9th at 2:00 p.m.
Gates open at 1:30 p.m.
$17.50 online / $20 at the gate
Continuing our dynamic Second Sunday Jazz Series, Lolly Allen, a Los Angeles-based new generation vibraphonist, will perform with her trio.
"When Lolly Allen plays the vibraphone, she exudes joy. It is a pleasure to watch as much as it is to hear. She bounces up and down, her arms roll in graceful waves as her mallets strike the vibes, and then comes a broad smile as she finishes a musical phrase... getting familiar with Lolly Allen's music will bring you joy. There's no doubt about that!"
--Helen Borgers -
KJAZZ Arts & Music Blog
Originally from Westport, a small town in upstate New York, Allen
received a scholarship to study jazz vibraphone at the Boston Conservatory. She now performs nationally and at popular jazz venues around L.A. such as The Knitting Factory and Vibrato Grill Jazz. She is currently in production on her second album which will be with the Lolly Allen Quintet
Reserve your place in advance on the Programs and Reservations page of the website.
Friday Morning Classes
New Series of Painting Classes Starts March 24
Meditation Classes Accepting New Members
A Day of Relaxation
The Storrier Stearns garden, a tranquil Japanese stroll garden, is an exquisite oasis in a bustling world. Our Open Day on the last Sunday of April is designed to be a day when you may simply relax and be restored.
To further that aim, on Sunday afternoon, April 30, visitors will be treated to the soothing music of the harp by award-winning master harpist Carolyn Sykes.
There will also be an exhibition of watercolor paintings by local artist, Pete Morris, and the students of the plein air painting class he holds in the garden every Friday morning.
For those who enjoy relaxation through retail therapy, Tai-Ling Wong will be with us all day selling beautiful Asian-inspired clothing from Citron, and many other treasures.
The garden is especially beautiful this time of year. Bring a book or a friend you want to catch up with and experience the peace that has been the hallmark of Japanese gardens for centuries.
Reservations available on the website March 29th.
Take a docent tour
--free with admission at 2:00 p.m. on Open Thursday and 11:00 a.m. on Open Day Last Sunday. Reservations for the tours are not necessary but if there are more than six
people in your group, please
the garden to let us know.
Volunteer in the garden--it's a beautiful place to work. If you enjoy our programs, you can assist with events and attend for free. If you simply like spending time in the garden, you can help with our Open Days. To apply, email your interest to:
and someone will be in touch with you.
Experience the peace of the garden on Open Thursday and on the last Sunday of every month. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may make a
for admission on our website for $7.50 or pay $10 upon arrival (children 12 and under are free.) The garden is wheelchair accessible. Sorry, no pets allowed.
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