LA County Arboretum

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About LA County Arboretum

Nestled on 127 acres in the city of Arcadia stands a one-of-a-kind botanical garden and historical landmark. 

Originally part of the historic Rancho Santa Anita estate, this vibrant green space has been transformed into an oasis for learning and inspiration. Visitors can stroll along winding pathways surrounded by diverse botanical collections from around the world. Historic ranch structures are scattered throughout the grounds and provide a glimpse into the site’s storied past. 

With a commitment to preserving natural and horticultural treasures, this peaceful refuge educates and delights all who enter its gates. Its living landscapes and rich history make it a true gem in the region.

LA County Arboretum Highlights

The Arboretum Provides:

Botanical Gardens:  Visitors can explore themed gardens, including a tropical rainforest, desert garden, and more.

Guided Tours: Guided tours are available for those who wish to explore the Arboretum with an expert guide. These tours often provide insights into the history, ecology, and significance of the plant collections.

Nature Trails: The Arboretum features walking trails that allow visitors to explore the beautiful landscapes and natural surroundings. These trails may lead to specific garden areas or scenic spots within the property.

Educational Programs: The Arboretum offers educational programs, art, health and wellness,  workshops, and classes on topics such as horticulture, gardening, and environmental conservation.

Events and Exhibits: Throughout the year, the Arboretum hosts events, exhibitions, and plant sales. These may include seasonal festivals, garden tours, and special exhibits highlighting specific plant collections.

Weddings and Venue Rentals: The Arboretum provides a picturesque setting for weddings and other events. Visitors can rent various venues within the gardens for private functions.

The Peacock Cafe: The Cafe is open seven days a week where guests can enjoy breakfast and lunch items as well as freshly made sandwiches, salads, and a variety of snacks and beverages. The café is nestled in the garden with a beautiful view of the Arboretum and features outdoor seating.

Children’s Programs: There are programs and activities designed specifically for children, including nature camps and educational workshops.

Membership: The Arboretum offers membership programs, allowing individuals and families to enjoy benefits such as free admission, discounts on events, and exclusive access to certain areas.

Their vibe is wonderful!

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LA County Arboretum In the Press

‘Lightscape’ lights up the after-dark vibe at the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Embarking on our initial stroll through “Lightscape” at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden during the cautious days of COVID offered a welcomed escape from the pandemic’s challenges. The allure of a safe winter wonderland adorned with enchanting lights provided solace amid masks and sanitizers. Returning for a second visit brought renewed excitement and a competitive spirit to explore other light displays across town. Now, for the third iteration coinciding with the arboretum’s 75th anniversary, the light show emanates a cozy and comforting ambiance. While first-timers are sure to be captivated by the Winter Cathedral’s arch and the suspended beaded curtains of the Feast of Light, the experience has evolved into a more relaxed and easygoing affair. Read more here: https://www.sgvtribune.com/2023/11/24/lightscape-light-up-the-after-dark-vibe-at-the-la-county-arboretum-and-botanic-garden/

 

A new CEO is in at LA County Arboretum in Arcadia

On Tuesday, May 23, it was revealed that Michael Desplaines will assume the position of Chief Executive Officer at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Boasting over twenty years of expertise in historic property development and restoration, public garden management, environmental education, and fundraising, Desplaines is set to commence his new role in July. The 127-acre Arcadia arboretum and botanical garden, integral to the County of L.A.’s Department of Parks & Recreation, will benefit from Desplaines’ leadership and extensive experience in these domains. Read more here: https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2023/05/23/a-new-ceo-is-in-at-la-county-arboretum-in-arcadia/