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January 2021 Member Appreciation Month!

January is Member Appreciation Month.  Our month-long member celebration is returning with special offers throughout the month of January!

To thank members for their tremendous year-round support, the Arboretum is offering complimentary Wellness Classes.  Below is a list of programs being offered with detailed information about each class.  Online advance reservations required.

*One wellness class per member, you must be an active member during the time of the class.  Classes limited to 15 and masks and social distancing required.  Please not classes may be canceled due to public health concerns or mandates.  For questions please call the membership office at 626.821.3233.

Tuesday Jan 19, 11am
Whole Family Yoga with Blaire

In this gentle, all-levels yoga series, we explore a nature-based theme each week with a correlating technique. Themes include Earth, Air, Mountains, and Fire. Immersed in the Arboretum’s natural tranquility, we will use our imaginations to deepen our body’s capacity to heal and strengthen itself while working on our grounding, calming, focus, and concentration.

Thursday Jan 21, 9am
Yoga with Brie

Our gentle all-levels Garden Yoga program accesses the Arboretum’s natural tranquility to deepen your body’s capacity to heal and strengthen itself. Wednesday and Friday evenings 6-7:15pm.

Friday Jan 22, 4pm
Sound Bath with Jacinto

A sound bath is a meditative experience where participants are ‘bathed’ in sound waves through the use of deeply resonant acoustic instruments like singing bowls and gongs.

During a sound bath session, participants can experience a sense of awe at the sheer physicality of the singing bowls’ acoustic resonance, leading to a gradual release of tension and a meditative state of mind. As the session ends, participants can experience a restorative reset, subtler awareness of their body in its surroundings, mental clarity, and joy.

Tuesday Jan 26, 8am
Forest Bathing with Ben

Take time Saturday morning to awaken your senses to yourself and all beings.  with a Forest Bathing walk. Inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, the walk has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world.

Thursday Jan 28, 9am
Tai Chi with Arnold

Tai Chi is a martial art based on the theory of an ancient classic called “I Ching”.  Kinetic Tai Chi is created by Master Chien based on this foundation coupling with contemporary Physics of potential & kinetic energy.  The training sessions include striking, throwing & submission techniques.

Gift Shop Member Double Discount Days
Friday and Saturday, January 8 & 9

Don’t miss this exclusive Members-only event!  Arboretum members save an additional 10% on regular price merchandise, for a total of 20% OFF!

Arboretum Benefactor members enjoy an additional 5% OFF, for a total of 25% OFF!

(Excludes non-tax/food items and previously marked down items.)

 Members Morning and Complimentary Coffee
Saturday & Sunday, January 16 & 17

Members enjoy complimentary coffee during members-only hour at the Peacock Café.

Arboretum Summer Nights are back! July 19

Our evening concerts on select Fridays in July and August begin this Friday, July 19, when Streetlight Cadence opens the series with its alternative folk pop.  Bring family and friends for picnicking and children’s crafts.  Doors open at 5, concert at 6pm. $8 general public; $4 children 5-12; Arboretum members free. Presented by MonteCedro.

After the Fire photo exhibit in the Library

After the Fires, the Forest Recovery Project is a visual documentary of the devastating Station Fire of 2009, which destroyed a quarter of the mature trees in the Angeles National Forest and homes along the lower flanks. The 10-year project by Corina Roberts records the loss and comeback of the forest.  The exhibit is on view in the Library; members free; included in admission.


Summer Nature Camp continues. Kids love it!

Children ages 5-11 will enjoy their summer exploring and learning about nature. We get children outside and away from screens to observe and explore wildlife in a natural setting. The Nature Camp runs from June 3 through August 5.  Full session, daily and extended care available.

Reading tree rings: New labs sprout to do the job.

The New York Times provides a wonderful read about tree as “giant organic recording devices. The oldest can tell ancient stories about our world — and even galactic events.” Labs around the world are involved in the data gathering. Read all about it.


Library Spotlight – Vintage Nursery Catalogs

Looking for early nursery catalogs for the region of Southern California? The Arboretum Library has catalogs going as far back as the late 1800s that are still applicable for today’s horticulturalists. During your visit to the Arboretum, members and non-members of the garden are always welcome to browse our nursery catalogs in our library’s collection!

“Germain Seed Co.” (1907)

Library Spotlight – Catalog Updates

Hello, folks!  The Arboretum Library’s catalog now has social networking features, including Facebook and Twitter, so that you may share any library material(s) you have found in the catalog, with your friends.  Also be sure to check out and “like” the Arboretum’s Facebook page.

What’s blooming? Trumpet trees

A delayed start to this year’s blooms because of the much-need, extended rains is worth the wait! The pink trumpet trees are arguably the most spectacular blooming trees in the Arboretum’s collection. They punctuate the landscape here with their solid canopies of vibrant, almost hot-pink blooms. The tree,  Tabebuia impetiginosa,  is a South American native that produces its brilliant display of color in typically from early winter through spring. Tabebuias initiate bloom soon after most or all their leaves suddenly drop. This often leaves the tree covered only in its clustered trumpet-shaped pink blooms–a sight that takes eyes not used to such a brilliant display some time to get used to. It is almost impossible not to see them as they compete with the peacocks for the eyes of the Arboretum visitors. The Arboretum helped introduce Tabebuia impetiginosa and other related species into the horticultural market during the 1970’s, including an apricot-colored hybrid between Tabebiua impetiginosa and chrome-yellow flowered Tabebuia chrysotricha.

Library Spotlight - “Açaí”

The Arboretum Library has many journals and periodicals that cover a range of horticultural topics. These journals include articles about individual types of plants, including one that's been seen around a lot more recently – the açaí.  You've probably seen this ingredient in all sorts of products at the grocery store, but I didn't know much about the plant, or even how to pronounce it (it's AH-sigh-EE, apparently). This article touches on several interesting aspects of the açaí: the history and cultural significance (including traditional uses for this type of palm), modern research into possible health benefits and the impact and future of cultivation of the açaí palm.
Stop by the library and check out this article and look over some of the many others in the periodical collection.
Engels, Gayle. “Acai: Euterpe oleracea.” Herbalgram, no. 86 (May-July 2010): 1-2. Print.

Library Spotlight - “Lessons Learned: Managing Biological Invasion on Hemlock Hill”

The Arboretum Library has many journals and periodicals that cover a range of horticultural topics. These journals include articles by members of the Arboretum staff.
The article “Lessons Learned: Managing Biological Invasion on Hemlock Hill (Massachusetts)” by Richard Schulhof (CEO of the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden) in the journal Ecological Restoration details the challenges faced by the Arnold Arboretum in Boston by an invasion of Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA). This introduced pest has been decimating hemlocks in the south and east. It was detected at the Arboretum in Boston in 1997 and they spent the next decade trying to mitigate the effects of the infestation and save their important stand of hemlock trees in an era of rapidly changing information.  This article talks about what decisions they had to make and what were their main questions and concerns.
Stop by the library and check out this article and look over some of the many others in the periodical collection.
Schulhof, Richard. “Lessons Learned: Managing Biological Invasion on Hemlock Hill (Massachusetts).” Ecological Restoration 28.2 (June 2010): 129-131. Print.

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