The tram operates Saturday and Sunday at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the admissions desk. Tours, which last about 30 minutes, may be cancelled because of weather or other factors. Please call on the day of your visit to check the schedule (626) 821-3222.
The tram offers you a front row seat to the Arboretum’s botanical collections of plants and trees from all over the world. The tram travels from the Madagascar Spiny Forest, a collection of succulents with twisted trunks punctuated with needles, to the soaring vista on Tallac Knoll, surrounding you with the beauty and wonder of the Arboretum’s collection of over 18,000 plants.
In spring, the South American Tabebuia trees provide a canopy of pink blossoms to shade visitors from the gently warming sun. Then starting in June, the daylily (Hemerocallis) garden displays a spectrum of colors while basking under the scorching, blue summer skies. In the fall, sleepy deciduous trees sprinkle colorful leaves. During the middle of winter, the almost fluorescent aloe blooms along the Aloe Trail present shocking, almost day-glow red and bright yellow as the Hong Kong orchids bestow royal purple petals to winter visitors.
You’ll learn about Hugo Reid, a Scottish expatriate who settled here in the early 1800’s and later became an advocate for native Americans. And you’ll raise an eyebrow or two when you hear the story of maverick millionaire Elias “Lucky” Baldwin. The Tongva kiys, the Hugo Reid adobe, the Queen Anne cottage, the Santa Anita depot, and the coach barn are structures that serve as settings for these stories.
The tram also travels between the Arboretum’s two sag ponds. Migrating Wood ducks, Canada Geese, Mallards, herons, egrets, and coots can often be seen taking rest-stop here. And of course there’s the ubiquitous peafowl, a legacy of “Lucky” Baldwin that will delight you with their vibrant plumage.