May 23, 2012
Treasures of the Rare Book Collection – Plants of Mediterranean Climate Areas
The Arboretum Library houses a Rare Book collection featuring unique plant and historical materials going back to the 1500's. This exhibition highlights plant images from those books and connects them to actual species currently available for viewing at the Arboretum. If you have a smartphone, you can take this tour in real time. The Rare Book Room is not open to the public, so here is an excellent opportunity to see some beautiful botanical illustrations from days past. You can view the exhibit here.
Early Fruit & Vegetable Seed Catalogs of Southern California: 1888 – 1945
The Arboretum Library has a large collection of southern California seed catalogs from the early 20th century, so we created an online exhibit to show you a sampling of what kinds of fruits and vegetables were being offered at the time. The exhibit features selected pages from over twenty nurseries in the southern California area displaying a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Highlights from the exhibit include pages from catalogs dating back to 1888 as well as examples of what to grow in your Victory Garden to help support the war. You can view the exhibit here: Early Fruit & Vegetable Seed Catalogs of Southern California.
May 3, 2012
The Arboretum unveils the newly-designed “Garden For All Seasons,” a food garden demonstrating best practices in water and soil management, integrated pest management, and the latest approaches to growing great fruits and vegetables for Southern California.
Designed in collaboration with Pasadena landscape architects Amy Korn and Matt Randolph, the garden includes a small orchard and vegetable garden with emphasis on outstanding plant choices for Los Angeles area gardens. A garden of solutions, it includes water harvesting and storage, as well as approaches to maximizing space efficiency and production in small spaces. With Phase 1 completed this spring, we look forward to Phase 2 next year that will bring additional plantings, including a beautiful new arbor marking the garden entrance.
Known for combining ecology, art and social sensibility, Matt, a landscape architect, and Amy, principal designer, have a garden design portfolio that includes the Getty Villa in Malibu, The Huntington Library’s Desert Garden master plan in San Marino, the Rancho Los Alamitos restoration in Long Beach, and Caltech’s Linde+Robinson Laboratory for Global EnvironmentalScience.
Our special thanks to the following for their generous donations of plants, materials and time:
Eagle Rock Backyard Farms, Michael ScottExquisite Ponds & GardensGanahl LumberChester KanoJose Luis LaraLA County Parks & Recreation Crafts divisionPaul Martin Monrovia GrowersPapaya Tree Nursery, Peter SilberGuillermo NajarRainbow Heights Nursery, Patrice Dreckmann Sierra Madre Garden ClubThompson Building MaterialsArboretum staff