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Crescent Farm

Learn about our new landscape dedicated to water conservation.

Engelmann oaks

Visit our grove of native Southern California oaks on Tallac Knoll.

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Exclusive tours Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Valentine’s Day Love Potions from the Garden

Our beautiful garden is the perfect place to enjoy the day! Learn about love potions from the garden during a Valentine’s Day Tram Tour Sunday, February 14, at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. with botanical information consultant Frank McDonough. Known for its usefulness in flavoring Italian cookies and sausage, anise seed was also used by the […]

Curious about our new Crescent Farm?

You’ve probably seen our new landscape, nearly an acre in the heart of the Arboretum devoted to water conservation techniques you can do in your own garden. Crescent Farm was newly planted this fall with different kinds of alternative grasses and California native plants. Visit our arid orchard and see water catching swales.

NEW! Exclusive Arboretum History Tours

This exclusive tour explores the fascinating history of the Arboretum, the legacy of Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin, and how Hollywood has used the gardens to transport viewers around the world. Tours run Friday & Saturday at 10am & 1pm; Sunday at 1pm. Reservations required.  or call 855.781.7750.

The holiday week is a wonderful time to visit!

Your family and friends will enjoy spending time wandering through the 127-acres of the Arboretum. We have tours of the grounds and the Santa Anita Depot at different times.  Don’t forget to stop at the Gift Shop. We will be open New Year’s Day, 9am-4:30pm!

Holiday Special: Buy 3 gift memberships and get one free Family Membership.

We’ve just made the holiday shopping really easy. A garden membership is a great gift for families, friends and colleagues. It is a year-long gift that provide free admission, plus much more. For more information or to purchase gift memberships, please call the membership office at 626.821.3233.

Early morning entry for members is now 8am.

The Arboretum is no longer open at 7:30am for members. We resumed regular hours on November 1. Early entry for members is now 8am daily.

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

The public artist 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.  

Drought resilient gardening Thursday, February 11

Interested in a more ecological approach to your garden during California’s historic drought? Learn to restore wildlife habitat and grow food while helping to regenerate our community water resources. Instructor: Rishi Kumar, Thursday, Feb. 11, 9:30am-noon; $20

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.

Thank you to the CCC for building a swale to catch rain

Members of the California Conservation Corps spent a  recent Saturday creating a rock-lined catch basin at Crescent Farm to capture rainwater and runoff water. Their other Crescent projects include lasagna mulching.

Want to know what local gardeners are asking?

Frank McDonough’s job as Arboretum’s botanical information consultant, is to answer your questions about plants and just about everything related to them. Check out his blog for his latest Q&A.

Baldwin Lake in Drought

The current drought in Southern California is among the most severe we have seen. Declining rainfall has significantly affected Baldwin Lake.  We are taking steps to address drought impacts and longer term preservation issues. More information

 

Look for the Water Farmers tending Crescent Farm

Ask them about the techniques, plants and irrigation the four used to plan, plant and care for Crescent Farm, our new experimental water conservation garden. They’re now preparing for a big fall planting.

NEW! Browse 65 years of Arboretum publications online!

Our new digital archive gives you access to  articles that cover the development of the gardens, botanical description of plants, background on local history, arboretum staff, exhibitions, lectures, concerts and more!

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