Southern California is a place of reinvention. At the Arboretum, we have been reinventing the landscape since the 1950s by introducing many of the plants and garden techniques that have shaped the region.
In the second decade of the 21st Century, the Arboretum is joining all of greater Los Angeles in reimagining the landscape. The 20th Century landscape was about homemaking and beautification. Today, we are enriching that history by not only maintaining beautiful lush gardens, but also creating an ecology that nurtures water and wildlife. Water is the greatest gift of life, and we want our gardens to honor and celebrate water every day.
We removed nearly an acre of lawn to focus on new and ancient water conservation practices that are especially well-suited to your home garden. We invite you to take part in reimagining the Southern California landscape, growing lush and bountiful gardens without wasting water. Make it yours, share it with the community, and help ensure a brighter environmental future for all. You’ll discover:
Interpretive horticulturalist John Latsko is the steward of what you see in Crescent Farm. He can answer your irrigation and plant questions so that you can create a beautiful garden, grow food and build habitat while conserving our most precious resource. Our goal is to share techniques and practices to save water and grow sustainably in your home and community landscapes.
John’s love of California native and food plants originally brought him to Crescent Farm. He especially enjoys working with young people and sharing information about Crescent Farm. His background is in education, primarily teaching English and arts to elementary through adult students.
John Latsko’s love of California native and food plants originally brought him to Crescent Farm. He especially enjoys working with young people and sharing information about Crescent Farm. His background is in education, primarily teaching English and arts to elementary through adult students.
Leigh Adams has guided installations at the Arboretum, Rancho Santa Botanical Garden, L.A. County Natural History Museum and Pasadena Public Schools. An active leader in the urban sustainable agriculture movement, Adams coordinates community participation in Crescent Farm.