Fall Color!

Stunning! Visit Thanksgiving week!

Queen Anne Cottage Holiday Tours

A rare visit inside the cottage December 13

Engelmann oaks

Visit our grove of native Southern California oaks on Tallac Knoll.

Gift Shop

Holiday shopping daily 9am-4:30pm

Arboretum History Tours

Exclusive tours Friday, Saturday & Sunday


Our famous wreath-making class is getting booked fast.

Using unusual “ornaments” from the Arboretum grounds and greens from the LA Flower Mart, you will be able to create a unique holiday wreath. Wednesday, December 9, 10am-12pm; $35 members; $45 non-members.  All wreath materials, frame and wire provided.

Early morning entry for members is now 8am.

The Arboretum is no longer open at 7:30am for members. We resumed regular hours on November 1. Early entry for members is now 8am daily.

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

The public artist 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.

Pacific Horticulture’s in-depth look at two Arboretum collections

The quarterly publication of the Pacific Horticulture Society has featured our Madagascar Spiny Forest and Engelmann oaks in two separate articles.  Both were written by James Henrich, curator of living collections at the Arboretum. You can learn all about the history and plants in these collections. The details and photos are wonderful. Both articles as […]

NEW! Weekly Queen Anne Cottage tours

Exclusive, 1.45-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 […]

Five Non-Thirsty Plants for Your Garden

Botanist Frank McDonough at the Arboretum suggests these showy, water-saving plants for your garden.

New! Chocolate Confections class Saturday, December 5

Learn to make beautiful and delicious chocolate novelties from Sonia Nance, chocolate cookbook author. Her creations will  inspire the imagination for joyful giving and indulging throughout the holidays. December 5, 10am-1pm.  Fee.

Want to know about what local gardeners are asking?

Frank McDonough’s job as Arboretum’s botanical information consultant, is to answer your questions about plants and just about everything related to them. Check out his blog for his latest Q&A.

New! Arboretum History Tours

Learn the fascinating history of the Arboretum, the legacy of Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin, and how Hollywood has used the gardens to transport viewers around the world. Tours on select days and times. Reservations required. Fee.

Thank you to the CCC for building a swale to catch rain

Members of the California Conservation Corps spent a  recent Saturday creating a rock-lined catch basin at Crescent Farm to capture rainwater and runoff water. Their other Crescent projects include lasagna mulching.

Look for the Water Farmers tending Crescent Farm

Ask them about the techniques, plants and irrigation the four used to plan, plant and care for Crescent Farm, our new experimental water conservation garden. They’re now preparing for a big fall planting.

The Drought: Time to Step Up

With the current drought emergency, the Arboretum is taking our water savings to a new level.  We’re using new high efficiency irrigation systems, further reducing turf area, and demonstrating new and old water conserving strategies.  Learn more.

NEW! Browse 65 years of Arboretum publications online!

Our new digital archive gives you access to  articles that cover the development of the gardens, botanical description of plants, background on local history, arboretum staff, exhibitions, lectures, concerts and more!

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