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Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation 2021 E-Annual Meeting Notice and Election Information
Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation 2021 E-Annual Meeting Notice and Election Information

Greetings Arboretum Members,

I’m delighted to see you in the gardens on these early summer days. Perhaps like me, you’re looking for a cool shady place? Check out the Forest Path. In the woods west of Bauer Lawn, you’ll find rich botanical collections, Hollywood history, and lovely views of Baldwin Lake.

Forest Path, like so much at the Arboretum, is a story of community support. Thanks to proceeds from the Moonlight Forest Lantern Festival, our previous holiday event, this popular area now offers a fully accessible path winding through cycads, ferns, and towering trees. We also added interpretive panels that share fun facts about plants as well as history. Best of all, on a hot summer day, the path offers views of Baldwin Lake in the shade of Montezuma cypress.

I hope you enjoy the Forest Path, see you at the Arboretum!

Richard Schulhof, CEO

Photo by Marlyn Woo and Joanne Wilborn

Hibiscus at the Arboretum - The Arboretum

Ornamental hibiscus (H. rosa-sinensis) have a complex genetic composition through the efforts of many people around the world. With nearly 20,000 cultivars, the diversity of flower color, patterns and shapes is breathtaking. The Arboretum has a long history with this beautiful plant and introduced three cultivars to the horticultural industry. Several dozen hibiscus were planted in May 2020 with flowers ranging from single color to multi-color, changing color from day-to-day, small to huge, ruffled petal edges, overlapping petals or not, and flat or reflexed petals. These plants serve to enhance the existing beauty from plumeria, coral trees, silk floss trees and trumpet trees found on Tallac Knoll.

Photo by Frank McDonough

How Crescent Came to Bee - The Arboretum

Many have heard the story. It’s the beginning of the saga of native bees in the Crescent. Our love affair with them. They were the male long-horned bees all tightly lined up on the dry florets of the blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracilis). They were there overnight, huddling together for warmth, and by late morning, they would be battling each other for territory. Fighting over native sunflowers. Since then, the list of photographed native bees, on the Crescent, approaches over three dozen species. Our fascination led to research. This has taught us about their habitat needs. 

Krystle Hickman on Native Bees and the Crescent - The Arboretum

My name is Krystle Hickman. I’m a photographer with a special interest in native bees. Honeybees were originally my focus. I assumed, like many people, that save the bees meant save the honeybees. Online campaigns and, of course, word of mouth said this many times. However, in late 2018 I took a photo of something that I knew was a bee, but wasn’t a honeybee. The photo sparked my interest in native bees.

Photo by Krystle Hickman

Rare Book Restoration Project - The Arboretum

All objects naturally break down over time, and library books are no exception to this rule. Thanks to the support of the Good Family Foundation, the Arboretum Library has been in the midst of implementing measures to preserve and care for its oldest and most vulnerable books. Doing this significantly extends the books’ ability to be handled, exhibited, and read safely.

Art in the Garden:
Nature of Sculpture II until September 21
Experience art in a botanical environment this summer as 65 artists explore the theme of The Arboretum Takes Flight with sculptures that highlight the interaction between art and nature. “The exhibit allows us to step beyond ourselves into the diverse beauty of the various landscapes where both the gardens and the art will resonate in harmony,” said curator Patricia Ferber.

Plumeria Day!
Saturday, July 17; 9am-2pm
Members free; Regular admission for non-members
Advance online ticket purchase required. Limited tickets available.
We celebrate our plumeria grove of more than 100 plants located on Tallac Knoll with tours and a sale featuring plumeria plants.

Pasadena POPS: Road to Motown
Saturday, July 10; 7:30pm
The fabulous lineup for the 2021 summer series includes five concerts featuring top talent, including Michael Feinstein. For more information and to purchase, visit Pasadena POPS. Arboretum members save 10% off regular ticket prices.

Members Picnic Night
Friday, July 16; 5-8pm
Take a stroll in the garden while enjoying DJ music. Bring your own picnic or pre-order picnic dinner boxes from the Peacock Café where you’ll also find other food and beverages. Enjoy a drink at the Peacock Bar. For members only; free.

Inter-City Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale
August 6-8; 11am-5pm
Members free; Regular admission for non-members
Advance online ticket purchase required. Limited tickets available.

Enjoy the exhibit of exotic cacti and succulents typically found in deserts, jungles, and mountain highlands.

Hot food is back at the Peacock Café!
Tuesday-Friday; 9am-4pm
Saturday & Sunday, 9am-7pm
Closed Mondays
The café is firing up its grill to serve a limited menu of favorite breakfast and lunch items. The food is as good as ever. Enjoy!

Healing Trees: A Forest Bathing Journey

Saturday, July 24; 10am-12pm
$15 members; $20 non-members
Join Ben Page, Forest Bathing guide and the author of Healing Trees, as he discusses the wellness concept of Forest Bathing.

Handcrafting: Kombucha & Natural Sodas

Saturday, July 17; 12-1:30pm
$20 members; $25 non-members
Kom and make a bucha tasty drinks! Learn the basics on how to make kombucha, shrubs, ginger ale, and rootbeer.

Nature Mandalas, At Home Nature Adventures

Anytime, online; free
In Sanskrit, the word “mandala” means circle. A circular design symbolizes the interconnectedness of all things. What patterns do you see in nature? Create a beautiful nature mandala.

Kids and Family

Onsite School Year Camp: This enrichment program is designed to provide children with joyful experiences in nature, exciting hands-on activities, and meaningful peer interactions.

Family Night Hikes: Our programs begin with a storytelling session, followed by a hike through the gardens with interactive botanical explorations along the route.

Kids Corner: Children learn about nature by engaging in hands-on workshops.


Oil Painting

Botanical Art & Illustration

Sound Bath

Forest Bathing

Yoga in the Garden

For all monthly programs and classes for July, August, and September, click here.

Would you like to double your impact for the Arboretum? Many employers match donations dollar-for-dollar. Please ask your company’s human resources office for a matching gift form and submit it to initiate the match. For information, contact Your support is so appreciated! | Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

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