Catch the rain

Crescent Farm uses swales and other techniques to capture rainwater.

Peacock Day!

Saturday, March 25

What’s blooming?

Aloes! Bright, beautiful, exotic

Baldwin Lake

Restoring a magnificent gem

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News

Lucky Baldwin Poker Tournament & Dinner coming June 10. Join us!

Save the date for a night to remember! We’ll revel across the expansive lawns of the Queen Anne Cottage, engage in clever conversations over dinner, and play daring games of chance, like in the heady 1890s when Baldwin Ranch was a must stop for the rich and famous. The fundraiser is for our historic structures.

Rain is coming! Catch it for your garden with water harvesting.

With another storm or two approaching this weekend, you’ll likely be taking cover inside. Why not learn about harvesting rain water for your garden?  Crescent Farm uses a variety of water harvesting techniques for its sustainable gardens.  A quick primer about the techniques used at Crescent Farm is a click away.

Celebrating an iconic tree: Art to be created from Baldwin eucalyptus

  A stately Tasmanian blue gum, planted some time in the late 19th century, is among the most magnificent trees at the Arboretum. Sadly, the tree must is being removed this month due to age and disease. To celebrate its long life, art will be created from the historic tree. Reprising the Arboretum’s Forces of […]

Seed catalogs so dear to our gardening hearts

The joys of thumbing through seed catalogs are nicely captured by Willy Blackmore in his “Letter of Recommendation: Seed Catalogs” in The New York Times.  Have a read, it’ll bring a smile whether you’re a gardener or not.

What is Kinetic Tai Chi? Check it out Thursday.

Kinetic Tai Chi, created by Master Arnold Chien, is version of the martial art based on the theory of an ancient classic called I Ching coupled with contemporary physics of potential and kinetic energy. Join us Thursday, February 2, 9-10:30am. $35 members; $45 nonmembers.

The drought is not over for Southern California.

The U.S. Drought Monitor is reporting that more than 40% of California is out of the drought in the northern part of the state. It’s a different story for Southern California. USA Today reports the area that stretches from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara continues in “exceptional” drought because reservoirs and underground water supplies remain below normal, […]

The Biodiversity Heritage Library welcomes the Arboretum Library

The Biodiversity Heritage Library welcomes The Arboretum Library at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden as its newest Affiliate. The BHL consortium, which has grown substantially over the past year, now consists of 17 Members and 16 Affiliates. The Arboretum Library holds an extensive collection of books, magazines, government documents, pamphlets, and audio-visual […]

Attention Artists!

The Arboretum Library is holding an open call to artists who may be interested in exhibiting their work in our new art space. Learn about two art shows planned for 2017 from Librarian Susan Eubank at the open calls on Saturday, January 14 or January 28 from 1 to 4pm.

Five years ago Dec. 1…

On December 1, 2011 we awoke to massive destruction from the worst windstorm in recent history to strike the San Gabriel Valley.  We lost 235 trees and more than 700 required corrective pruning.  The Arboretum was closed from December 1 through Christmas day.  This three-week period saw intense cleanup involving as many as 16 public […]

Ongoing preservation of the Queen Anne Cottage

A recent comprehensive assessment of the Queen Anne 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 to provide the Arboretum with a planning tool to guide preservation management and ongoing care.  Click to read the […]

Crescent Workshop: Swales Saturday, February 18

Swales in the yard provide beauty, topography and water-harvesting opportunities. Learn how to design, build and maintain swales to use less water and grow healthy plants. 10am; free with regular admission members free.

What’s happening in gardening? Find out this week.

Get your garden ready with Brandon Walker who will give an Irrigation Overview Thursday, February 16, 9:30am.  Harold Koopowitz will present Understanding the Color of Flowers Sunday, February 19, 1pm. Check out each class for details and fees.

Creating and tending a native plant garden Sunday, Feb. 19

Barbara Eisenstein, author of Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants, will discuss transforming a traditional, high-water-use yard into a habitat garden abounding with biodiversity, 3-5pm; $8 members; $10 non-members.

 

Plant question? Ask our Expert at the Arboretum

We have the knowledge and experience to help you raise healthy plants. Frank McDonough, the Arboretum’s Botanical Information Consultant, answers questions from the public.

Remembering Joan DeFato, Our Librarian 1973-2004

Joan DeFato, who had great impact on the Arboretum community and the world at large during her 31 years as our Plant Science Librarian, was the quintessential reference librarian, working questions like a detective on a case.  We remember and pay tribute to Joan who died January 20.

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.

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