Behind the Pink Wall: Now’s the Time to Get Outdoors in the Desert

Below is a message from the Sunnylands mailing list, which you might find of interest.

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Now’s the Time to Get Outdoors in the Desert

As fall weather arrives, we’re taking it outside — our tours, our events, and even our café.

Yes, unfortunately the Coachella Valley is once again under orders to close interior spaces to help bring the coronavirus under control. But temperatures are cooling down considerably in the desert, making it the perfect time to enjoy activities outside.

We’re kicking it off October 28 with five days of Coachella Valley Days of Los Muertos, our annual observation of Día de Los Muertos, featuring ofrendas, or altars, that community groups have erected in our gardens. This year, local artists are adding their talents to the mix, decorating colorful nichos (shadow boxes) that will be placed amid the cactus, agaves, and aloes.

We’re expanding our operating hours on October 28, too, giving the public free access to the gardens from 8:30 am to 4 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. A week later, starting November 4, we’ll open our café to outdoor seating.

For now, all tours of the estate will be conducted outside. Three types of tours begin November 11 — an Historic Walk that focuses on the exterior of the Annenbergs’ iconic house and landscape, a birdwatching tour, and a shuttle tour of the grounds that you can reserve solely for your family and friends.

We look forward to seeing you outside soon,

Janice Lyle, Ph.D.
Director, Sunnylands Center & Gardens