April 19, 2017
The 2017 American Rose Society National Miniature Rose Show, held on the West Coast for the first time in 43 years, will be featured at the Society’s annual presentation of grandifloras, hybrid teas, floribundas, minatures and new and old varieties. This year’s theme: The 150th anniversary of “1867 – The Dawn of the Modern Rose.”
April 17, 2017
The Arboretum, with its many butterfly hubs, is now on Monarch Watch’s national list of certified Monarch Waystations. Monarch Watch is a nonprofit educational outreach program that focuses on the monarch, its habitat and fall migration. A waystation provides resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration.
April 15, 2017
The family will enjoy a day at our garden full of spring flowers. There are wildflowers to see at our Crescent Farm, fragrant flowers in the Rose Garden and a few peonies along the path in the Herb Garden. Stop by the Peacock Cafe for lunch or a snack.
April 14, 2017
At our Egg-Ceptional Celebration, children 10 and under have a fun time doing egg scrambles and egg-expeditions from 9am to 12pm. Egg scrambles will take place continuously and Easter baskets will be provided. Event reservations not required. Regular admission applies. Activities fee $3 per child non-members, $3 for members. Early members entry: 8-9am .
March 27, 2017
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.
The prestigious 2017 award recognizes the Arboretum’s “proactive” historic preservation. The L.A. Conservancy described the Arboretum’s Cultural Landscape Report as a “vital document” that “summarizes the history of the site, allowing for greater understanding of how to identify and protect these resources.” We thank the Dextra Baldwin McGonagle Foundation for its support of this project.
March 24, 2017
Peacock Day is dedicated to the bird which makes a visit to the Arboretum a special experience. Our peacocks are in their full plumage now. Join us for a day of art, science and fun: walks, discovery trail, children activities and Indian food and music in recognition of the peacock’s country of origin, India.
March 22, 2017
Members enjoy a special preview of the Spring Plant Sale on Friday, March 24. Shop early for tomato and other plants at the Gift Shop Patio 9am door buster: The first 30 shoppers will receive a free gift. Enjoy a Virgin Bloody Mary while you shop between 10am and 1pm.
February 14, 2017
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 Nature exhibition that followed the devastating 2011 windstorm, artists and artisans will receive wood and then create works to be sold at an exhibition planned for December 2017. Proceeds will go toward the planting of new trees at the Arboretum.
The history of the tree encompasses over 130 years of cultural and environmental changes. The towering specimen was located next to the historic 1885 Queen Anne Cottage, a landmark structure best known as part of the set for Fantasy Island, a hit television series of the late 1970s. Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin, the same man who built the Cottage so long ago, is also believed to have planted the tree, probably in the mid-1880s.
The tree’s demise can be traced to several factors. Recently, the drought has stressed the Arboretum’s Eucalyptus globulus trees allowing for an invasion by pests. Typically, blue gums require more moisture than they receive in Southern California. Pests such as tortoise beetles (leaf beetle family, Chrysomelidae), among others, introduced locally from Australia in the last 30 years have taken their toll. All over California, the stress of drought, beetles, termites and fungi have weakened gum trees.
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.