issue : 042004

Similar to other large public gardens in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden was formed by a millionaire and the first Mayor of Arcadia, Elias Jackson "Lucky" Baldwin (who owned much of San Gabriel Valley in late 1800's) at the turn of the century. It's easy to miss this quiet garden from its loud and perhaps more active neighbor, Santa Anita Race Track, which is just across the street from 210 FWY Baldwin exit.

Baldwin left 127 acres of space devoted to plants from all continents (except the Antarctica) which is an interesting, tight grouping of plants from the Australian at the north of the garden and the tropical South American at the south of the garden. Watch out for many of its colorful residents as well (Indian peacocks); they are everywhere! You'd be surprised to see how familiar this garden is since many of its parts were shown on hundreds of television shows and films (since 1930's) such as the original "Tarzan" and more recently in "Meet the Parents".

The garden offers many year around events such as horticultural classes and outdoor concerts in summer time. It's a great place to stroll, just follow the gray concrete road... *(amazing natural textures hidden inside)

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The Arboretum of Los Angeles County
Department of Parks and Recreation
The Mediterranean Garden Society
Garden Web
Five Star Reviews Magazine
Things to do in Los Angeles

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