Benefactor Events

The Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation invites you to become an Arboretum Benefactor and join a membership society that offers special benefits and demonstrates the highest level of commitment in sustaining the Arboretum as an important community resource. All Benefactors are invited to a series of hosted events, lectures and programs annually. To join or upgrade your membership, please contact Brittany Fabeck at (626) 821-3237 or

Upcoming Events

Laurence Juber to perform May 21, 2017

laurence-juber-photo-by-michael-lamont-sm3m0019The Grammy award-winning guitarist will present a special concert for Arboretum Benefactors Sunday, May 21, 4-6pm in the Coach Barn. fusing folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, Laurence Juber is world-renowned for his multi-faceted performances using only one-acoustic guitar. He became internationally known as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney’s Wings with whom he won his first Grammy. His solo arrangement of “The Pink Panter Theme” earned him a second Grammy. Photo by Michael Lamont

Past Events

Proud as a Peacock talk by Roslyn Dakin, PhD  March 25, 2017 3pm

The Arboretum peacocks have long fascinated visitors with their unique calls and beautiful displays.  Roslyn Dakin PhD will share how her own interest in these magnificent birds led her from Charles Darwin to Patrick Swayze. In her three years researching peacocks at the Arboretum, she can tell you what all the feather shaking and rattling are about.  See her videos used in a New York Times science report.



Rose Garden Brunch & Tour, May 21, 2016

Jill MorganelliJill Morganelli, the Arboretum’s Horticultural Supervisor, will lead a tour of out beautiful collection of roses, which she oversees.  She will share the garden’s history, care and new plantings. It is a place of community where Arboretum volunteers play a vital role in the care and continued vitality of the Rose Garden, which dates back to the 1960s and is a very popular wedding site.


Scott E. Haselton: Succulents, Cacti and the Abbey Garden Press, February 13

jholada portraitScott E. Haselton was enchanted by the desert and its flora.  In 1929, he founded the Cactus and Succulent Society of America and its long-running journal, which he edited for more than 35 years. He created an imprint called the Abbey Garden Press. In her talk, Jessica Holada, Director of Special Collections and Archives at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, will trace the history of the Garden Abbey Press and its relationship with the Abbey San Encino and the early print culture of the Arroyo Seco.


Darwin, Botanical Gardens, and the Case for Evolution, November 1

Ned Friedman, the new director of Arnold Arboretum. Friedman is Professor in Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, at the University of Colorado presently. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff PhotographerMany of the plants we grow in our gardens are premier examples of the ongoing process of evolution: random mutations that lead, on the rarest of occasions, to novel and desirable biological characteristics.  In his talk, Professor William (Ned) Friedman, the eighth director of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.He will discuss how horticulture played a central role in laying the foundation for discovering evidence of evolution itself, as well as understanding ow evolution works. $10 for general public; $8 for Arboretum  members. Photo by Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer

A Passion for Plumeria Tour, August 29

Plumeria Jim IMG_5824James E. Henrich, curator of living collections, will take Arboretum Benefactors on a walking tour through the plumeria collection on Tallac Knoll.  He will explain the rich history behind our collection and the lively culture associated with these fragrant flowers.  He will share the techniques and methods the Arboretum uses to tend these popular Central American plants.  Arboretum Benefactors please RSVP to Brittany Fabeck by August 25 at or 626.821.3237.  If you would like information about becoming an Arboretum Benefactor, please contact Brittany.

The Ginkgo in All Its Magnificence, March 8

Peter Del Tredici photoAt this event for Arboretum Benefactors, Peter Del Tredici, associate professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, will present an in-depth look at one of the most ancient and fascinating trees on the planet. He has been studying the species for the last 25 years and recently traveled to remote areas of China in search of wild ginkgos.  Arboretum Benefactors represent our highest level of supporters.  To become an Arboretum Benefactor, contact Brittany Fabeck at 626.821.3237 or

Shakespeare’s Gardens and Green Worlds, November 9

Pomona Faculty-Campaign Martha Andresen 2014 1 Join Martha Andresen, Professor of English, Emerita Pomona College, in an exploration of Shakespeare’s love of nature. From his observations of the minute details of every flower and herb, to his gorgeous lyrics of seasonal flowering, Shakespeare uses gardens and “green worlds” as locales for human enrichment and enlightenment. What enhanced pleasures inspired by Shakespeare’s artistry can we find in our own gardens?

Arboretum Benefactors represent our highest level of supporters. To become an Arboretum Benefactor, contact Brittany Fabeck at 626.821.3237.
(Benefactor Photo Credit: Carrie Rosema)

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