We close at 3:30pm this Saturday, July 30.

The Arboretum will be closing at 3:30pm and the grounds will be cleared by 4pm on Saturday in order to prepare for the evening Pasadena POPS concert. It’s an evening devoted to The Sinatra Project, Volume 2, with Michael Feinstein. Gates will at 5:30pm for picnicking. Tickets are available at the Pasadena POPS.

“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.”

The Fish in Baldwin Lake

The fish you see in Baldwin Lake are predominantly the common carp, Cyprinus carpio. The carp, an exotic species from Europe and Asia, are remarkably tough fish. They thrive in low water depths, low oxygen levels, and high water temperatures.

The drought has lowered water levels in Baldwin Lake, causing some visitors to be concerned for the health and safety of the carp.  Please know:

During this record drought, within mandated water conservation restrictions, we are maintaining water levels in the Lake at a minimum of 16”, a depth recommended by University of California specialists as sufficient to sustain the health of the carp.

Carp in the shallows are feeding by rooting up crustaceans and other food. In late spring and summer, carp mating behavior also brings the fish into the shallows.  Their darting motion through the muddy water is normal, though they may appear to be struggling to swim.

Carp can survive in very low oxygen levels by gulping air above the water surface, a behavior you are likely to see during times of extreme heat.

For more information, please visit the University of California, California Fish website at http://calfish.ucdavis.edu/

Why do peacocks rattle their feathers?

Find the answer in The New York Times. Dr. Roslyn Dakin and Dr. Suzanne Amador Kane collaborated on the study of peacocks that roam the grounds of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The goal was to develop a basic understanding of the shaking motion, which is a key part of courtship.

The Gold Line makes it easy to visit any day of the week!

The Gold Line now stops in our town of Arcadia,  When you hop off the train at the Arcadia station, you’ll find a shuttle that will take you to the Arboretum in about 20 minutes or so. The Arcadia shuttle is free until June 15. This is the perfect time of year to visit the garden.

Artist Michael Davis uses Arboretum motifs in Arcadia Gold Line Station art installation.

Public artist Michael Davis has created a series of pieces that reflect Arcadia, its history and community.  The centerpiece is a free standing sculpture called Arcadian Zephyr featuring 16 movable weather vanes with birds, fauna and other elements inspired by the Arboretum. Horses depict the city’s racing legacy. Click to watch a video.

Drilling for sediment samples to help restore Baldwin Lake

Scott Hettrick of Arcadia’s Best was at Baldwin Lake for the recent gathering of sediment samples, the first step towards potentially restoring Baldwin Lake to its one-time ecological and visual beauty and health. Drilling occurred in deepest parts of the popular Los Angeles County Arboretum attraction.

Crescent Farm: Digging into the Arboretum Way of Getting Through Dry Times

Larry Wilson, columnist for the Pasadena Star News. writes about how Crescent Farm water farmers are creating a new landscape in a Mediterranean way that works with both native (and other water-sipping) plants and innovative new conservation methods.

Sunset Magazine names the L.A. Arboretum one of the best botanical gardens in the West!

In selecting the top 15 “extraordinary botanical gardens” in the West, Sunset noted they are more than just pretty flowers. “They are also engaged in important work, showcasing and propagating endangered species and teaching visitors how to create striking home gardens using very little water,” Sunset said online.

 

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