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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Red poppies as well as brilliant orange
California poppies and other native plants
bloom in the Meadowlands Garden section of
Even young visitors enjoy
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
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botanical garden tours in the West.
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