Wandering further in to the backyard, mannequins wreathed in bright garlands were positioned among ferns and around a small reflecting pond. Ceramic bowls containing even more joints rested on tables next to lit candles, and communal tables draped in pink were set for dinner. A stark-faced mime in a rose-colored robe (played by Nicky Rowlands of Giraffe Studios LA) performed next to the pond while guests took their seats. Most were garbed in floral prints and pastels, though some had more elaborate costumes plucked right from the eccentric Bosch paintings. Others looked like characters from woodland fairy tales.

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Each place setting held a hemp napkin, Boxed Water, and a kaleidoscope glass from FutureEyes. There were also 8mg THC lollipops from Nice Canna Company, flavored with rose and Manuka honey.

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Dinner came via Chef Nico Ava. It consisted of three courses—another triptych—starting with a chamomile scallop milk broth with snow fungus, a type of mushroom frequently used in Chinese medicine for skincare and health. The dish was paired with a sativa-dominant organic San Francisco Valley OG joint, wrapped in pink paper, along with a mildly spicy cocktail made with shishito-infused vodka, dry vermouth, and olive juice. Arriving next was a large, pan-fried dumpling, each one pleasantly plump and topped with gold foil and caviar—a nod to DDC’s usual excess. The final course was a very simple potato soup with herbs, paired with an indica-dominant organic Strawberry Banana joint wrapped in rose petals, and a rum-based cocktail with grapefruit syrup.

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Most of the dishes were warm and comforting, but not heavy. They were followed by a choice of desserts from Chef Gabriel Cappelli, and chow mein was available for those who still felt peckish after all that cannabis. When the delicious spread was consumed, guests were free to laze about in hammocks or explore the secluded treehouse in the backyard. Musical performances by Costa Rican singer/songwriter MishCatt, Los Angeles rock band Vista Kicks, and modular synth act Artifact were held inside the house.

In such a serene and lush environment, it felt as natural to pass the bowl as it might have the wine.

At one point, performance artist Joss Kelvin emerged in a romper and something akin to a fuzzy mascot head, writhing to the music. A neon sign reading “consume” loomed over the guests.

Compared to previous DDC events, the cannabis-over-alcohol emphasis resulted in a gentler atmosphere, but no less friendly. Guests freely mingled, sharing pillows and pot, and probably had an easier time remembering their new friends in the morning than they might have with an open bar. In such a serene and lush environment, it felt as natural to pass the bowl as it might have the wine.

(Courtesy of Lynora Valdez/@1930photo)

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What new gardens they’ll explore is unclear, though there certainly are many gardens where I’d gladly get high, including the The Secret Garden and The Garden of Living Flowers à la Alice in Wonderland. I also wouldn’t mind the southern charm of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. While the next theme hasn’t been revealed, another event is slated for mid-summer.

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