Los Angeles 411: The Arboretum, Arcadia
An oasis in an urban county, The Arboretum is place teeming with plant and wildlife as well as historic treasures. It is a place of escape where people of all ages can simply enjoy, relax and learn about nature. Meandering around the grounds you may be surprised to see peafowl and other migratory birds, as well as water creatures and other small animals. Situated in the middle of the historic Rancho Santa Anita, The Arboretum' provides 127 acres of plant collections from all over the world including rate and endangered species. The Arboretum's intrigue also includes its rich Native American, Rancho Style, and late 19th century historical and architectural heritage.
The more popular sights at The Arboretum include:
Grace Kallam Perennial Garden
Lose yourself in the Grace Kallan Perennial Garden as you stroll along foliage-lined paths adorned with a beds of flowers arranged by color.
Queen Anne Cottage
Gaze upon a Victorian beauty set in a lakeside backdrop and towering Eucalyptus trees. The Queen Anne Cottage, constructed in 1885, is a stunning example of opulence inside and out.
Garden for All Seasons
An outdoor classroom, the Garden for All Seasons, is a place where students of all ages can interact with the display and participate in demonstrations.
The sound of rushing water is soothing to the soul; relax by the Meyberg Waterfall and take in the variety of tropical and temperate foliage as well as flowering plants—a photographer's delight.
The Arboretum also hosts many special events year-round; in fact, looking at the calendar, you will find a variety of classes and events hosted practically every day of the week. From storytelling programs to yoga to gardening to art, there is something for everyone's taste. With Halloween right around the corner, The Arboretum is hosting “Spyders in the Garden” on October 6th; yes, that's right “spyder” with a “y”, but why? Well, its an event that appeals to both car enthusiasts and children alike. This event will feature a collection of thirty pre-1970 classic and replica Spyders displayed throughout the garden including those with makes from Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Ferrari and Porche.
Meanwhile, the children will be learning about eight legged Spiders at Andre Campbell's World Famous Spider show. Kids may also participate in a car-themed scavenger hunt and pose for pictures in a scaled-down car just their size. This event will drive into the evening as the Peacock Cafe hosts a special evening reception. For more information on attending this event, call (626) 821-3237.
The Arboretum is open daily Admission to The Arboretum is $9 for adults, $6 for students and seniors and $4 for children 5-12, which is located 301 N. Baldwin Avenue Arcadia, CA 91007. For more information, please call (626) 821-3222.