October 2, 2018
California Humanities has funded a series of programs related to the our Library’s new exhibit: The Sweet Breathing of Plants, Indigenous Works of Neshkinukat Artists. Join fellow language and plant lovers on October 23, 7-9pm to discuss and read passages from the Sweet Breathing of Plants. Free & Open to the Public. Please register, limited space.
September 29, 2018
Sara Cagle, a reporter with The Los Angeles Times, captures the experience of Forest Bathing. She writes of entering “the prehistoric forest: a shaded environment of towering redwoods and palm trees, bright orange birds of paradise and very curious ducks. One person noticed the chirping of songbirds…One woman said she became so relaxed, she…”
June 25, 2018
The National Endowment for the Arts award to the Arboretum enable us to continue our groundbreaking 2016 exhibit of techno-botanical art in the garden. The newly-funded art exhibit, developed by curator Shirley Watts, will feature video and interactive digital installations within the Arboretum’s diverse botanical landscape. The aim is to move art out of a traditional museum setting and utilize technology to explore humankind’s changing relationship with nature, as well as our collective and individual response to the seismic environmental shifts that are remaking our world. The exhibit is scheduled for Spring 2019.
December 18, 2017
Our deep appreciation to all our members, supporters and volunteers for making 2017 another record year. Thanks to you, our youth programs served 16,000 +students, construction on the new Children’s Learning Patio will begin soon and the Forces of Nature II art show was a very successful fundraiser. Year-end contributions are gratefully accepted and can be made online by clicking here.
Giving Tip for Donors over Age 70 1/2: For older IRA owners facing their annual required minimum distribution (RMD) obligations, did you know you can transfer up to $100,000 annually, tax-free directly from your IRA to a charity such as the nonprofit Arboretum Foundation. For more information about this program, legacy gift opportunities for the Arboretum’s future, or inquiries about becoming a Benefactor, please contact Chief Development Officer Sylvia Rosenberger at 626.821.3232 or email@example.com.
August 8, 2017
Take a stroll up to Tallac Knoll and wander among our plumeria plants as they near full bloom. The flowers are beautiful and their scents intoxicating. You’ll love the tropical setting, which was the scene for a recent KTLA report about our Plumeria Day.
February 14, 2017
A stately Tasmanian blue gum, planted some time in the late 19th century, is among the most magnificent trees at the Arboretum. Sadly, the tree must is being removed this month due to age and disease.
To celebrate its long life, art will be created from the historic tree. Reprising the Arboretum’s Forces of Nature exhibition that followed the devastating 2011 windstorm, artists and artisans will receive wood and then create works to be sold at an exhibition planned for December 2017. Proceeds will go toward the planting of new trees at the Arboretum.
The history of the tree encompasses over 130 years of cultural and environmental changes. The towering specimen was located next to the historic 1885 Queen Anne Cottage, a landmark structure best known as part of the set for Fantasy Island, a hit television series of the late 1970s. Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin, the same man who built the Cottage so long ago, is also believed to have planted the tree, probably in the mid-1880s.
The tree’s demise can be traced to several factors. Recently, the drought has stressed the Arboretum’s Eucalyptus globulus trees allowing for an invasion by pests. Typically, blue gums require more moisture than they receive in Southern California. Pests such as tortoise beetles (leaf beetle family, Chrysomelidae), among others, introduced locally from Australia in the last 30 years have taken their toll. All over California, the stress of drought, beetles, termites and fungi have weakened gum trees.
With another storm or two approaching this weekend, you’ll likely be taking cover inside. Why not learn about harvesting rain water for your garden? Crescent Farm uses a variety of water harvesting techniques for its sustainable gardens. A quick primer about the techniques used at Crescent Farm is a click away.
February 6, 2017
The joys of thumbing through seed catalogs are nicely captured by Willy Blackmore in his “Letter of Recommendation: Seed Catalogs” in The New York Times. Have a read, it’ll bring a smile whether you’re a gardener or not.
January 30, 2017
Kinetic Tai Chi, created by Master Arnold Chien, is version of the martial art based on the theory of an ancient classic called I Ching coupled with contemporary physics of potential and kinetic energy. Join us Thursday, February 2, 9-10:30am. $35 members; $45 nonmembers.
January 13, 2017
The U.S. Drought Monitor is reporting that more than 40% of California is out of the drought in the northern part of the state. It’s a different story for Southern California. USA Today reports the area that stretches from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara continues in “exceptional” drought because reservoirs and underground water supplies remain below normal, the newspaper reported.