Plumeria Day!

Join us July 16 for tours. a plant sale and more to showcase our wonderful collection

Summer Nature Camp

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Music of Billy Joel

Michael Cavanaugh, soloist, July 9

The Gold Line

A convenient way to visit the garden

We have a theme song!

Garden Bliss

Yoga is one of the many classes we offer.


We close at 11:30am on Sunday, June 26.

The Arboretum is closing early to prepare for the Family Music Festival featuring The Beach Boys and special guests The Oak Ridge Boys. Gates for the ticketed event open at 2pm. The concert begins at 4pm.  The festival is sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Tickets available at or 626.793.7172.

Pasadena POPS first summer concert June 18

The 2016 summer series begins Saturday, June 18 with First Ladies of Song, music from Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney & Peggy Lee.  Cady Huffman and Lynn Roberts are the features soloists.  Arboretum gates open at 5:30pm for picnic dining and the concert begins at 7:30.  Tickets are available for purchase online.

The Fish in Baldwin Lake

The fish you see in Baldwin Lake are predominantly the common carp, Cyprinus carpio. The carp, an exotic species from Europe and Asia, are remarkably tough fish. They thrive in low water depths, low oxygen levels, and high water temperatures. The drought has lowered water levels in Baldwin Lake, causing some visitors to be concerned […]

Why do peacocks rattle their feathers?

Find the answer in The New York Times. Dr. Roslyn Dakin and Dr. Suzanne Amador Kane collaborated on the study of peacocks that roam the grounds of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The goal was to develop a basic understanding of the shaking motion, which is a key part of courtship.

The Beach Boys are coming to the Arboretum!

The Beach Boys and special guests The Oak Ridge Boys will perform at the 24th Annual Family Music Festival on Sunday, June 26 at 4:00pm. Tickets, which are $35 for the general public and $30 for Arboretum members, can be purchased online.  The festival is presented by the  Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, the […]

The Gold Line makes it easy to visit any day of the week!

The Gold Line now stops in our town of Arcadia,  When you hop off the train at the Arcadia station, you’ll find a shuttle that will take you to the Arboretum in about 20 minutes or so. The Arcadia shuttle is free until June 15. This is the perfect time of year to visit the […]

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

Public artist Michael Davis 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.  

Crescent Farm Plant Tour, Saturday, June 25

Learn about the amazing drought-tolerant  plant palette put together by the Crescent Farm horticultural team. See our arid climate orchard and California native-based landscapes of meadow and low water lawn alternatives. Saturday, June 25, 10am; free with admission; members free.

The Oak Ridge Boys, special guests of Beach Boys, June 26

The Oak Ridge Boys, whose hits include the country-pop chart topper Elvira, will perform prior to the Beach Boys at the 24th Family Music Festival, Sunday, June 26. Gates open at 2pm; the concert is at 4pm. Tickets available at Gift Shop and online, $35 for the general public; $30 for Arboretum members.

Crescent Farm: See what all the buzzing is about

Our new Crescent Farm showcases modern and ancient water conservation practices and is buzzing with visitors of both the human and insect variety. This gallery of photographs provides a vivid introduction to the colorful and bountiful landscape.

Progress toward restoring our precious Baldwin Lake

Cloistered within the Arboretum, Baldwin Lake has managed to survive the rapid development of the San Gabriel Valley. Still, accumulated sediments and collapsing shorelines have dramatically reduced water depth, severely affecting the aquatic ecosystem and species diversity.

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.

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