Spooky Creatures in the Garden

Saturday, October 29, 9am-12pm   Early member entry 8-9am

What’s Blooming?

Beautiful floss silk trees

Gift Shop Holiday Open House

Nov. 10 & 11; 9am-4:30pm

Baldwin Lake

Restoring a magnificent gem

Crescent Farm

Where we demonstrate water conservation!


Digital Nature, our art show, is in the news!

“The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia will become a cutting-edge art gallery when it presents Digital Nature” Friday and Saturday evening, writes Michelle Mills in a detailed article for the Southern California News Group. Exhibit curator Shirley Alexandra Watts explained, “I’ve always been interested in the intersection between technology and the […]

Don’t miss our Fall Plant Sale October 21 & 22

Join us Friday and Saturday, October 21 & 22 for our Fall Plant Sale. Discover a lovely selection of beautiful plants to add color and variety to your own garden. If you’re an armchair gardener, be sure to stop by the Arboretum Library’s used book sale.

Why care about California’s urban forests? Because…

“It’s become more and more clear that life without trees is a lower quality of life,” tree guru Matt Ritter said in a talk to Arboretum members on Saturday. The professor of biology at Cal State San Luis Obispo explained trees buffer us from climate change, promote wildlife, create safer cities and promote happiness. Details.

Greenhouse gases could extend California’s drought for centuries

Clues from prehistoric droughts and arid periods in California show that today’s increasing greenhouse gas levels could lock the state into drought for centuries, according to a study led by UCLA professor Glen MacDonald.

The Queen Anne Cottage: Planning its Future

A recent comprehensive assessment of the landmark Cottage was completed by Peyton Hall and his team at Historic Resources Group in Pasadena. Formally known as a Historic Structure Report, the assessment followed national preservation guidelines and developed a plan to care for the Cottage. We thank the Dextra Baldwin McGonagle Foundation for its generous support […]

Nearly 2,000 new books added to our Library

The Arboretum Library has been busy in the last year acquiring 1,802 books of which  536 were e-books.  Arboretum members can check the books out and have access to the e-books from any computer, smart phone or tablet.  The books range from scholarly to popular about plants, wild or under cultivation, crafts and stories too.

Drought Irrigation: A how-to guide to watering

The guide outlines proper water techniques based on your irrigation system.  Any homeowner will find it useful to keep landscapes green and growing. The City of Arcadia produced the guide in cooperation with the Arboretum.

Leigh Adams to receive Global Citizen Award

Leigh Adams, an active leader in the urban sustainable agriculture movement and an interpretive horticulturist at the Arboretum’s Crescent Farm, will be recognized for her contributions to effect positive social change September 28 at the 9th Annual West Coast Global Forum hosted by the United Nations Association of the United States of America, Southern California […]

“The Arboretum Waits for You” is our theme song!

Dan Foliart, the President of the Arboretum Foundation, first visited the garden in the early 1980s and has been returning ever since with wife and two children.  He was inspired to compose a  song, “The Arboretum Waits for You.” Enjoy our special song and his President’s message.

Pokémon Go brings game players to the Arboretum

The Los Angeles Arboretum is on the digital map of Pokémon Go, the hot new smartphone game that uses Augmented Reality.  Game players have been following the map to designated sites, so-called “gyms” and “Poké Stops.” within the Arboretum where they can earn points.  The Serpent Trail and the Rose Garden, for example, are designated “gyms.”

Digital Nature, awesome art at night! Join us October 22

Digital Nature: An evening of techno-botanical art continues Saturday with its splendid installations of video and digital art by a group of acclaimed contemporary artists.  Have a look at photos from Friday night by Ritual Photowork. Then come see for yourself. 6-9pm. $16 general public; $10 members

Nicholas Staddon: the New American Garden, October 27

Nicholas Staddon travels the United States and around the world in search of new trends and great plants for American gardens. Get a first-hand look at some of the issues facing American gardeners today and learn about some of the best plant suggestions for our region. Thursday, October 27, 9:30am-12pm; regular admission applies; members free

John Rabe of Off-Ramp reports about Baldwin Lake

Margaux Viera, a great, great, great granddaughter of E.J. “Lucky” Baldwin, takes the host of KPCC’s Off-Ramp into Baldwin Lake to show him the need for restoring the Lake. Learn about the challenges and solutions to saving the Lake.

Santa Anita Depot Tours

Tour the inside of this historical treasure with a knowledgeable docent and learn about what the depot was like when it was operational. Guided tours offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday, 1-4pm; free with regular admission; members free.

Crescent Farm: See what all the buzzing is about

Our new Crescent Farm showcases modern and ancient water conservation practices and is buzzing with visitors of both the human and insect variety. Stop by and see our drought tolerant lawn alternatives, an arid climate orchard, and more.

The Drought: Time to Step Up

With the current drought emergency, the Arboretum is taking our water savings to a new level.  We’re using new high efficiency irrigation systems, further reducing turf area, and demonstrating new and old water conserving strategies.  Learn more.

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