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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Gardens in Bloom in April

Sunnylands Gardens, designed by the Office of James Burnett, is in full bloom in April. Garden paths are golden from flowers of the Palo Verde trees; the mountain view is framed in yellow. Visits to S...

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Julia Goodwin and Lucas DeBard, two recent winners of Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador Awards, performed and aided Feinstein during the class.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Michael Feinstein delivers gifts of music, history at Sunnylands events

During 50th anniversary appearances, American Songbook ambassador imparts lessons to teens and adultsMichael Feinstein is known as the Ambassador of the Great American Songbook. His renditions of 20t...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sunnylands to Close for Presidential Summit

January 13, 2016--The White House has announced that President Obama will host a summit with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at Sunnylands in February.As set forth in i...

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Geoffrey Cowan, president, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

President Geoffrey Cowan to Step Down in June 2016

During his six-year tenure, the Annenberg estate became known as the ‘Camp David of the West’Wednesday, December 16, 2015 -- Geoffrey Cowan, the president of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunn...

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Anne Rowe, director of collections and exhibitions

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Archives Seeks to Collect Sunnylands Mementos

By Anne Rowe, Director of Collections and Exhibitions Walter and Leonore Annenberg were known for many things, including their world-class collections of art. The works remain at Sunnylands, except f...

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sunnylands in the Media 8/25/15

In this edition, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography gets a $5 million gift for a center on climate change after a meeting convened at Sunnylands with Scripps and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Fo...

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Summer Tours Feature "Back of House"

During May and June and early fall, Sunnylands shifts tour emphasis to the interior of the historic house. Rooms not seen during the regular season are open to ticket holders. Starting May 1, house to...

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Michael Kaiser spoke on the State of the Arts in America during the Festival of the Desert

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Festival of the Desert kick-off takes place at Sunnylands

Michael M. Kaiser, former president of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, punctuated the opening session of the Festival of the Desert with a heart-felt call for increased support for the...

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Sunnylands in the Media 3/16/2015

In the edition, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and the Asia Society publishes a new report addressing climate change in California and China. Sunnylands Center & Gardens is the venue for...

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Monday, March 2, 2015

AirTalk Live Webcast

Larry Mantle and KPCC's AirTalk are celebrating 30 years on the air with a live show at Sunnylands Center & Gardens. Discussing the future of California's Republican Party, Mantle will be joined by ...

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Ken Chavez, Deputy Director of Communications & Public Affairs


Friday, November 14, 2014

Ken Chavez Named Deputy
Director of Communications

November 7--President Geoffrey Cowan announced today the appointment of Kenneth Chavez as Sunnylands deputy director for communications and public affairs. In the position, Chavez will be the primary ...

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College of the Desert students are nurturing Sunnylands pups for replanting.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sunnylands Plants to Help Palm Springs High Conserve Water

Water conservation and sustainable living in the desert are important to the mission of The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. Prior to opening in 2012, Sunnylands implemented several programs to lower ...

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Front row, Eric Ornelas, Janice Lyle, Supervisor Benoit, Geoff Baum; back row, Supervisor Kevin Jeffries, Supervisor John F. Tavaglione, Vice-Chairman Marion Ashley


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sunnylands Hailed as “Remarkable Gift to the Nation” by Riverside County

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors honored The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands with a proclamation on August 5, calling Sunnylands a “treasure” and “remarkable gift to the nation.” Jani...

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sunnylands Summer Schedule Announced

April 2014: RANCHO MIRAGE, CA – Public tours and programs at Sunnylands Center & Gardens continue throughout May and June, 2014. Sunnylands Center & Gardens will be closed in July and August, reopen...

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Sunnylands in the Media 4/25/14

A pair of famous hummingbirds, Sunnylands Gardens as an escape from Coachella, bugs, birds and blooms in the Gardens, documents released by the Clinton Library, and the Obama administration's pivot to...

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Sunnylands in the Media 3/28/14

The efforts between the U.S. and China to lower HFC emissions, renovations inspired by Sunnylands, a new cookbook, and the ongoing soft power legacy of the 'shirtsleeves summit.'The White House Briefi...

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sunnylands Spotlight: Rodin's "Eternal Spring"

If you tour the main house at Sunnylands, you can't miss Auguste Rodin's sculpture of Eve in the center of the atrium. But even without a tour ticket, visitors can view Rodin's Eternal Spring in a s...

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Desert water symposium begins at Sunnylands

Reporters, policy makers, and residents from across the Coachella Valley gathered at Sunnylands on Wednesday, March 19, for a symposium on the state of the valley’s water supply. The gathering, Runn...

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Sunnylands in the Media 3/17/14

Sunnylands as "Camp David of the West," fashion designers take inspiration from Sunnylands, student data privacy, and internet governance in this edition of Sunnylands in the Media.The Washington Post...

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Sunnylands in the Media 3/3/14

Sunnylands's Modernist heritage, retreats on Homeland Security oversight, education technology, and President Obama's meetings with President Xi of China and King Abdullah II of Jordan are all in the ...

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Annenbergs, Sunnylands Honored

Sunnylands' leadership and service to the community was recognized at the annual Rammy Awards & Distinguished Citizens Dinner presented by the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce. More than 200 governme...

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Sunnylands in the Media 2/10/2014

The upcoming meeting between President Obama and King Abdullah II, California's worsening drought, a new US ambassador to China, Palm Springs Modernism Week, and Sunnylands as an inspiration for coutu...

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Statement on California Water Emergency

Statement on California Water Emergency by Geoffrey Cowan, president, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands February 1, 2014 The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands has taken significant measures t...

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Sunnylands in the Media January 17, 2014

The U.S.-China relationship, the growing Chinese film industry, internet piracy, and the artistic inspiration behind Sunnylands' arid landscape gardens can all be found in this edition of Sunnylands i...

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Sunnylands in the Media January 6, 2014

Sunnylands as a think-tank for directors, a look at the history of gracious entertaining at the estate, and the continuing impact of the 'Sunnylands summit' on U.S.-China relations. Variety Palm Sprin...

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Sunnylands in the Media December 20, 2013

Sacred Hopi and Apache artifacts, a rehash of the 'Sunnylands summit' by scholars and journalists, the future of internet governance, and the 'Best of the Valley' are all featured in this week's round...

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Guided Landscape Tours Added to Schedule

On Saturdays from November 2013 through April 2014, Sunnylands will offer a new guided tour of the historic grounds. The 90-minuted guided tour, which does not include access to the historic house, wi...

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sunnylands Fall Tour Schedule

Sunnylands tours during the warm weather shift their emphasis to the interior of the house by introducing rooms not seen during the regular season. From September 5 through October, tours will include...

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Sunnylands Spotlight: Rodin's Eve

Watch: Conservation work on Rodin's Eve in the summer of 2013 The Annenbergs were known for their love of art.  Much of their collection - including works by French Impressionist painters such as Mon...

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sunnylands to Close During Visit of President

The White House recently announced that President Barack Obama will meet on June 7 and 8 at Sunnylands with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China. The primary mission of The Annenbe...

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bugs in the Gardens

A thematic family day that is part of Sunnylands Third Sundays program. After a successful program in 2012, we will again have a lady bug release in the Gardens. New in 2013 will be butterfly tagging,...

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Garden Walks and Birding Opportunities Available

Sunnylands Center & Gardens Offers a Variety of Garden and Birding OpportunitiesThe nine-acres of gardens at Sunnylands include more than 50,000 individual plants that are home to a wide variety of bi...

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Sunnylands Lecture Series

In 2013, Sunnylands is presenting a number of lectures on various topics that mesh with the organization's mission and programs. These free events, which require no reservation, take place at the City...

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Nightlife: A Series for Young Professionals

Nightlife--on the second Wednesday evening of every month--begins February 13 and combines learning opportunities with networking and a tasting. Discussions ranging from art to business will be follow...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Desert Arc Enjoys Golf at Sunnylands

There were lots of high-fives when Nic Fanocvic of Desert Arc chipped his ball up onto the green of the third hole of the historic Sunnylands golf course. Teammate Damion Hayes got some useful tips on...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sunnylands Institutes Green Vision Program

The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands is committed to environmental sensitivity. The new Sunnylands Center, designed by Frederick Fisher & Partners, architects, received a LEED Gold rating. Sunnylands C...

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sunnylands Opens March 1, 2012

Public tours of the new Sunnylands Center & Gardens and the Sunnylands historic estate and residence will begin on March 1, 2012. The public opening follows a private dedication on February 12 and a p...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands to Open

The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, which incorporates the historic Annenberg estate and the new Sunnylands Center & Gardens, will open to the public in conjunction with Palm Springs Modernism Week, ...

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