All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Seating reservations are required. For reservations and information, please call (310) 440-7300 or see information on planning a visit.

Panel Discussion

Cultivating Inspiration: Gardens in a Museum Setting

The J. Paul Getty Museum, the Huntington Library, and the Cloisters house gardens that contribute to their respective renown. In this panel, Michael Dehart (Getty), James Folsom (Huntington), and Deirdre Larkin (Cloisters) discuss the role that their respective institutions' art collections play in conceiving and caring for the gardens, as well as how historical landscape design influenced the creation and development of these spaces.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Gallery Course

The Enduring Garden: Cultivating the Past

Journey through gardens—as they were represented in art from the Renaissance to the present—with Bryan Keene, assistant curator of Manuscripts, and educator Lilit Sadoyan. Learn how idyllic green spaces were illustrated in works from the Museum's collection, from the literary Garden of Love and the biblical Garden of Eden to courtly gardens of the nobility.
Course fee $35 (includes parking).

Saturday, July 27, 2013, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Research Institute Lecture Hall

Studio Course

Drawn to Flowers

Explore techniques of botanical illustration with artists Tania Marien and Deborah Shaw in this daylong drawing workshop. Learn how paintings and drawings of plants and gardens during the Renaissance contributed to scientific understanding and captured the beauty, luxury, and status of flowers.
Course fee $125 (includes lunch, materials, and parking).

Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 10:30–5:00 p.m.
Museum Studios and Museum galleries


Artist-at-Work: Botanical Drawing

In the Renaissance, botanical artists captured the beauty of gardens, recorded newly discovered plants, and enhanced understanding of medicinal herbs. Join members of the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California in the Central Garden as they demonstrate the materials and techniques used to render plants and flowers. Learn about the botany of fruits, vegetables, and spices, and how explorations in the New World changed dinner tables around Europe.

Sunday, July 7 and 21, August 4 and 11, 2013, 12:30–2:30 p.m.
Central Garden


Curator's Gallery Talks

Bryan Keene, assistant curator of manuscripts, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 2:30 p.m.

Family Activity

Family Festival

Celebrate the gardens of the Renaissance in this free daylong family festival. Create a garden of your very own or fashion a floral wreath at one of the interactive workshops. Delight in the sounds of madrigals from the 15th and 16th centuries or listen to tales of distant kingdoms with renowned storytellers.

Saturday, June 8, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Museum Courtyard

Free GettyGuide® Multimedia Player

Hear a curator and a horticulturist discuss the rich stories and symbolism found in images of gardens.
Pick up a multimedia player free of charge in the Museum Entrance Hall.