Jan 16, 2020
Confront your fear of bumblebees: Nose into human-size nests at Descanso Gardens

Mar 2020 Fruiting Bodies editorial feature by Liz Goldner 


Fruiting Bodies

November 18, 2019  – March 17, 2020
Sturt Haaga Gallery | Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Programming for Fruiting Bodies

October –  April
elkology sign projects
Street artist ELKPEN and Rath create temporary artworks with area college students about Descanso’s incredible biodiversity. Look for these intimate signs throughout the gardens.

Sunday, January 26   1:00 – 3:00 pm
Artist walkthrough
Rath and composer Robert Hoehn lead a garden walkthrough of solitary bee hotels and outdoor works along with a gallery tour.

Saturday, February 29          12:00 and 2:00 pm
Sunday, March 1                   10:00 am
Fruiting Bodies Forages with nance klehm
5thgeneration horticulturalist and ecological systems engineer nance klehm leads specially designed plant forages throughout Descanso.

Saturday, March 7                5:45, 6:30 and 7:15 pm
Bee Song Master Chorale Performances
World renowned CSU-Long Beach Chamber Choir will perform a special arrangement of BEE SONG by composer Robert Hoehn. Written for the Resonant Nest, this 15-minute score was inspired by the daily activity of a bumblebee colony.

Sunday, March 15                12:00 – 3:00 pm
Radical Botany Screening and Discussion
Early 20thcentury botanical film screening followed by a talk with Jessica Rath and Professors Natania Meeker and Antónia Szabari, co-authors of Radical Botany(Fordham, 2019).

selected press and publications

rootsimple podcast on Farm Unfixed
Artillery on The Ocelots of Foothill Blvd.
KCRW ‘All Things Considered‘ on a better nectar
Smithsonian article on Ripe
Radical Botany  by Antonia Szabari and Natania Meeker, Fordham University Press
X-TRA review by Ellen Birrell (Summer 2013)
v.e.n.u.e. interview
Artforum review
Art in America review



a better nectar exhibition catalogue
96 pp. features a 33 1/3 rpm vinyl flexi of Resonant Nest’s six-part score.
Published by University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach