Why do peacock 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.

Don’t miss our first ARTboretum Show & Sale!

Nature’s infinite beauty is portrayed in exquisite detail in original work by our own Botanical Art and Illustration students, instructed by botanical artist Cristina Baltayian. Their air is on display April 29-May 1.  Originals, prints, and cards featuring their art will be for sale to the public. Regular admission applies.
Meet the artists! Enjoy wine and cheese with the artists at a reception in the Oak Room at 1 pm, Saturday April 30.

The Beach Boys are coming to the Arboretum!

The Beach Boys will perform at the 24th Annual Family Music Festival on Sunday, June 26 at 4:00pm.  The Oak Ridge Boys will be opening the concert. Tickets, which are $35 for the general public and $30 for Arboretum members, can be purchased online.  The festival is presented by the  Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation.

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.

 

Library information in Chinese now online

The Arboretum Library has posted a page in Chinese  full of helpful information about the garden books for adults and children as well as other resources.

Pacific Horticulture’s in-depth look at two Arboretum collections

The quarterly publication of the Pacific Horticulture Society has featured our Madagascar Spiny Forest and Engelmann oaks in two separate articles.  Both were written by James Henrich, curator of living collections at the Arboretum. You can learn all about the history and plants in these collections. The details and photos are wonderful. Both articles as well as entire issues of the magazines are available online.  Enjoy!

 

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