Enjoy our fall color Thanksgiving weekend!

The garden is simply stunning,  bathed  autumn hues. We’re  waiting on the Ginkgo for that final, glorious burst of yellow-gold. To see some of the colors, click to see photos by Frank McDonough, the Arboretum’s botanical information consultant. We’re open daily 9am-4:30pm.

Fall color update


Tupelo treeIt’s  looking about 70%-80% now, just waiting on the Ginkgo for that final, glorious burst of yellow-gold. Click here for this week’s photos.

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 previous week of  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.

NEW! Weekly Queen Anne Cottage tours

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.

Join our Saturday morning walking tour

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

Japanese anemones blooming near Meyberg Waterfall

japanes anemones2014-11-04 09.54.51The beautiful flowers are worth a walk to the waterfall.

Only a few seats left for the Fall Color Tram Tour

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.

Get your costumes ready!

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.

Family Adventures: Bird Watching, October 18

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.

Save October 18-19 for our Fall Plant Sale

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.

All About Trees workshop with Matt Ritter, Ph.D.

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.

© 2014 Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden • 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007 • Website Design by Kirk Projects.

© 2014 Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens

301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA, 91007

Site Design by Kirk Projects