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Arlington Garden waterless fountain

The fountain near the entry to the Arlington Garden used to be solar powered, but because of increasing water restrictions, water no longer flows from it--but flowers do! Behind it in the Mediterranean garden section of the Arlington Garden are two rows of olive trees and a swath of lavender shrubs. 


Arlington Garden in Pasadena is a collaborative effort, primarily using private resources to transform a vacant lot into an inspiring public garden.  The idea for this water-wise garden initially came from two nearby residents who grew tired of looking at a weed-filled 3 acre lot at the corner of Pasadena Ave. and Arlington St.  So they took their idea to the City of Pasadena which leased the land from CalTrans, the property owner. 

Noted garden Designer Mayita Dinos created a plan that incorporated several gardens on the site: a Mediterranean garden, a citrus garden, a meadowlands, and oak grove and desert garden.  The Mediterranean garden is clearly the most developed -- and even includes bocce ball court. 

A few old palms, an oak and a jacaranda tree were already on the site, remnants of the garden for the Durand estate, which was located on this land.  The Durand home was demolish decades ago. 

  Artichoke in Arlington Garden Among the surprises in Arlington Garden are the artichokes which not only make a bold statement in a flower garden border, but produce an appetizing vegetable, too.

Arlington Garden terrace chairs
Adirondack chairs are scattered around the terrace which overlooks the California Orange Grove and Meadowlands areas of  Arlington Garden.  There are other seating areas in shady nooks around the garden.

Arlington Garden red poppies
Red poppies as well as brilliant orange California poppies and other native plants bloom in the Meadowlands Garden section of Arlington Garden.

Little boy at Arlington Garden
Even young visitors enjoy the flowers!

You can see the official website here.  To go to the garden go south on Orange Grove from Colorado, turn left on Arlington and go about one long block.

To see Arlington Garden in the Spring of 2010, go here.

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Take these online botanical garden preview tours, too
Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden  - Arcadia
Descanso Gardens - near Pasadena 
Arlington Garden - in Pasadena
Huntington Gardens Desert Garden  - near Pasadena
Getty Villa Gardens - Malibu
South Coast Botanic Garden - near southwest Los Angeles  
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden - Claremont, California
Balboa Park Botanical Gardens - San Diego 
Tucson Public Gardens 
Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden 
Shore Acres Gardens  - Coos Bay, Oregon
San Luis Obispo Creek Park - San Luis Obispo, California
Japanese Garden - Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California 
Tropical Garden in the Dominican Republic
Japanese Garden - Long Beach, California

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