The Fish in Baldwin Lake

The fish you see in Baldwin Lake are predominantly the common carp, Cyprinus carpio. The carp, an exotic species from Europe and Asia, are remarkably tough fish. They thrive in low water depths, low oxygen levels, and high water temperatures.

The drought has lowered water levels in Baldwin Lake, causing some visitors to be concerned for the health and safety of the carp.  Please know:

During this record drought, within mandated water conservation restrictions, we are maintaining water levels in the Lake at a minimum of 16”, a depth recommended by University of California specialists as sufficient to sustain the health of the carp.

Carp in the shallows are feeding by rooting up crustaceans and other food. In late spring and summer, carp mating behavior also brings the fish into the shallows.  Their darting motion through the muddy water is normal, though they may appear to be struggling to swim.

Carp can survive in very low oxygen levels by gulping air above the water surface, a behavior you are likely to see during times of extreme heat.

For more information, please visit the University of California, California Fish website at

Pasadena POPS first summer concert June 18

The 2016 summer series begins Saturday, June 18 with First Ladies of Song, music from Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney & Peggy Lee.  Cady Huffman and Lynn Roberts are the features soloists.  Arboretum gates open at 5:30pm for picnic dining and the concert begins at 7:30.  Tickets are available for purchase online.

Why do peacocks rattle their feathers?

Find the answer in The New York Times. Dr. Roslyn Dakin and Dr. Suzanne Amador Kane collaborated on the study of peacocks that roam the grounds of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The goal was to develop a basic understanding of the shaking motion, which is a key part of courtship.

The Beach Boys are coming to the Arboretum!

The Beach Boys will perform at the 24th Annual Family Music Festival on Sunday, June 26 at 4:00pm.  The Oak Ridge Boys will be opening the concert. Tickets, which are $35 for the general public and $30 for Arboretum members, can be purchased online.  The festival is presented by the  Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation.

The Gold Line makes it easy to visit any day of the week!

The Gold Line now stops in our town of Arcadia,  When you hop off the train at the Arcadia station, you’ll find a shuttle that will take you to the Arboretum in about 20 minutes or so. The Arcadia shuttle is free until June 15. This is the perfect time of year to visit the garden.

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

Public artist Michael Davis 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.


Library information in Chinese now online

The Arboretum Library has posted a page in Chinese  full of helpful information about the garden books for adults and children as well as other resources.

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