November 26, 2014
Autumn hues are all around as you walk through our lovely garden before or after you dive into that turkey dinner. We will be operating our normal hours, 9am-4:30pm. The Gift Shop will open too, but the Membership Office will be closed for the day.
November 21, 2014
Color is still coming along nicely; our red maples just exploded and the Liquidambars are on track to look pretty good. If we don’t get a driving, leaf stripping rain between now and Thanksgiving it looks this week may be one of our best this year. Click for Frank McDonough’s latest fall color photos.
Last week: All around the Arboretum fall color is starting to subtlety appear. The first yellowing signs of color are showing up on California grapes, Crepe myrtles and many others. Some trees, like Nyssa (the Tupelo) and certain maples are at their peak while most like Ginkgo biloba and the Pin oak are about halfway to brilliance. Will this year be a ‘great one’? Hard to tell. Some conditions like low nighttime temperatures and high daytime temperatures have been present but others, especially moisture, have not. Click here to see the photos Frank McDonough, Arboretum botanical information consultant, took this week.
Exclusive, 1.75-hour, guided tours inside the historic cottage will begin Friday, December 5, at 10am. The tour is offered twice a day on Friday and Saturday, and at 1pm on Sunday. Reservations required. Learn about the fascinating legacy of Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin, who won and lost fortunes creating 19th century resort destinations in both Northern and Southern California.
November 20, 2014
The docent-led walking tour at 10:30am docent-led provides an excellent introduction to and update about the Arboretum. Wear your walking shoes. Free with admission; members free
November 11, 2014
Hurry and sign up for the November 22 fall color tram tour with expert staff guide, Jill Morganelli. Enjoy the splendor of fall foliage. The tram is almost sold out so please reserve a seat by calling 626.821.4623.
October 21, 2014
We celebrate Halloween in the garden! Children ages 10 and under will discover what scary things hang out in the plants and trees. There will Halloween crafts and other activites. Saturday, October 25; 10am-2pm.
October 14, 2014
Children of all ages will enjoy a Saturday morning looking up in the sky! What bird is that? The entire family can learn about the basics of birding. Pre-registration required.
October 11, 2014
Join us Saturday and Sunday, October 18 & 19 for our Fall Plant Sale. Discover a lovely selection of beautiful plants to add color and variety to your own garden. If you’re an armchair gardener, be sure to stop by the Arboretum Library’s used book sale.
October 7, 2014
The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo professor and director of the plant conservancy there will discuss the most appropriate trees for both small yards and for Southern California’s climate. This fee workshop on Saturday, October 11, is designed for homeowners, landscape professionals and plant lovers.