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Digital Nature, our art show, is in the news!

“The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia will become a cutting-edge art gallery when it presents Digital Nature” Friday and Saturday evening, writes Michelle Mills in a detailed article for the Southern California News Group. Exhibit curator Shirley Alexandra Watts explained, “I’ve always been interested in the intersection between technology and the natural world, like we come here to look at nature and yet we don’t let go of our cellphones. I thought what would be really fun would be to use video art in the garden.” Read more.


Don’t miss our Fall Plant Sale October 21 & 22

Join us Friday and Saturday, October 21 & 22 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.

Why care about California’s urban forests? Because…

“It’s become more and more clear that life without trees is a lower quality of life,” tree guru Matt Ritter said in a talk to Arboretum members on Saturday. The professor of biology at Cal State San Luis Obispo explained trees buffer us from climate change, promote wildlife, create safer cities and promote happiness. Details.

Greenhouse gases could extend California’s drought for centuries

Clues from prehistoric droughts and arid periods in California show that today’s increasing greenhouse gas levels could lock the state into drought for centuries, according to a study led by UCLA professor Glen MacDonald.

The Queen Anne Cottage: Planning its Future

A recent comprehensive assessment of the landmark 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 and developed a plan to care for the Cottage. We thank the Dextra Baldwin McGonagle Foundation for its generous support of this study. Dextra Baldwin McGonagle (1901-1967) was the daughter of Anita M. Baldwin and the granddaughter of Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin. Click here to download the report.


Nearly 2,000 new books added to our Library

The Arboretum Library has been busy in the last year acquiring 1,802 books of which  536 were e-books.  Arboretum members can check the books out and have access to the e-books from any computer, smart phone or tablet.  The books range from scholarly to popular about plants, wild or under cultivation, crafts and stories too.

Drought Irrigation: A how-to guide to watering

The guide outlines proper water techniques based on your irrigation system.  Any homeowner will find it useful to keep landscapes green and growing. The City of Arcadia produced the guide in cooperation with the Arboretum.

Leigh Adams to receive Global Citizen Award

Leigh Adams, an active leader in the urban sustainable agriculture movement and an interpretive horticulturist at the Arboretum’s Crescent Farm, will be recognized for her contributions to effect positive social change September 28 at the 9th Annual West Coast Global Forum hosted by the United Nations Association of the United States of America, Southern California Division.

“The Arboretum Waits for You” is our theme song!

Dan Foliart, the President of the Arboretum Foundation, first visited the garden in the early 1980s and has been returning ever since with wife and two children.  He was inspired to compose a  song, “The Arboretum Waits for You.” Enjoy our special song and his President’s message.

Pokémon Go brings game players to the Arboretum

The Los Angeles Arboretum is on the digital map of Pokémon Go, the hot new smartphone game that uses Augmented Reality.  Game players have been following the map to designated sites, so-called “gyms” and “Poké Stops.” within the Arboretum where they can earn points.  The Serpent Trail and the Rose Garden, for example, are designated “gyms.”

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