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The Arboretum closes today, Dec. 15, at 3:30 pm.

The Arboretum is closing early Saturday, December 15, at 3:30pm to prepare for Moonlight Forest. The grounds and parking lots will be cleared by 4pm. Thank you.

Moonlight Forest tickets make great gifts!

Making your holiday gift list or looking for an unusual birthday present? Tickets to Moonlight Forest make wonderful gifts. Your friends and family will enjoy a walk through a fantasy of over 60 spectacular lantern displays. They will enjoy live performances and our food court. Give a magical experience. Act now! Tickets are going fast.

Arboretum members get 15% off Moonlight tickets

Your family and friends will enjoy our lantern art festival especially during the Thanksgiving week.  It’s a truly magical experience. Moonlight Forest tickets also make wonderful holiday gifts.  Arboretum members receive a 15% discount on tickets. Not a member? Click for information about joining us an Arboretum member.

We received a grant from California Humanities!

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. Please join us in the Library on Tuesday, November 20, 7-9pm for a screening and panel discussion of Tending The Wild. Please register, limited space.

 

 

 

 

Curious about our Forest Bathing program?

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…”

 

The NEA awards a grant to the Arboretum

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.

A record 435,000 visitors at the garden in 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 sylvia.rosenberger@arboretum.org.

Our plumeria grove is just gorgeous, a must see!

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.

Celebrating an iconic tree: Art to be created from Baldwin eucalyptus

 

EucalypusTree Photo croppedA 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.

 

Rain is coming! Catch it for your garden with water harvesting.

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.

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© 2015 Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens

Phone: 626.821.3222

301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA, 91007

Site Design by Kirk Projects