May 26, 2017
Spend a day of your first long summer weekend at the Arboretum. You’ll enjoy nature amid historic trees, gardens and plants from all over the world. Open daily 9am to 5pm. Last entry at 4:30pm. Admission $9-4; members free.
May 12, 2017
The Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation is proud to host the Lucky Baldwin Poker Tournament. Set under the starry night sky on the lawn of the Queen Anne Cottage, the festivities include cocktails, dinner, games, auction, entertainment and poker tournament. The fun filled evening will raise funds for the restoration and preservation of the Arboretum’s historic structure’s (Queen Anne Cottage, Coach Barn, Reid-Baldwin Adobe and Santa Anita Depot) dating from 1840-1890. Mario Lopez, from EXTRA TV, will be our host for the evening. There will be Tiffany & Co. gift bags for guests. The tournament’s success relies on the generous support of patrons, preservationists, and civic activists in our community. Join us in supporting the Los Angeles Arboretum’s landmark treasures. Tickets are on sale now!
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.
March 27, 2017
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.
February 6, 2017
The joys of thumbing through seed catalogs are nicely captured by Willy Blackmore in his “Letter of Recommendation: Seed Catalogs” in The New York Times. Have a read, it’ll bring a smile whether you’re a gardener or not.
January 30, 2017
Kinetic Tai Chi, created by Master Arnold Chien, is version of the martial art based on the theory of an ancient classic called I Ching coupled with contemporary physics of potential and kinetic energy. Join us Thursday, February 2, 9-10:30am. $35 members; $45 nonmembers.