The Los Angeles Arboretum is a 127 acre park located in Arcadia, just an hour and a half from Oceanside. In the late 1800s the land was owned by Lucky Baldwin, Arcadia’s founder and first mayor. In 1947, almost four decades after Lucky’s death, the land was jointly purchased by the State of California and the County of Los Angeles, with the purpose of creating an arboretum for public use. The purchase included Baldwin’s guest house (Queen Anne Cottage) and his carriage barn, both of which are listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. Queen Anne Cottage, originally a gift for his sixteen year old (fourth!) wife, was used for the opening of the television show, Fantasy Island.
There are plant species from all over the world, categorized by regions. Also, there are over two hundred peafowl roaming the park, of which we saw six. (They are so loud!) Being Super Bowl Sunday, it was a good day to explore the park. There were less people than usual for a Sunday. We had so much fun looking at all the wildlife, flowers, and plants, as well as running around on the grass. We will be back for sure, but not until fall probably. March starts to get busier as there are more flowers blooming. We love the Los Angeles Arboretum.
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One of my most absolute favorite posts – especially LOVE all the beautiful photographs!! A/1 looks absolutely adorable! Such a beautiful site – the trees, the turtles, everything!! Haven’t been to this Arboretum in years – great to see it cared-for and thriving! Thank you for sharing!! 🌳🌿🌳🌿🌳🌿🌳
Thank you! We had such a wonderful time. We can’t wait to go back.
It has been years since we’ve been to the Arboretum. Thank you for the trip down Memory Lane. We love the Lucky Baldwin history as he was BIG in Tahoe. What a legacy he left behind (disregarding his ‘thing’ for much younger women/girls). I love the photos… all of them. A1 continues to be the star. Her glee in all she does is so evident. You all look pretty happy outing and abouting in Nature. It is cool to find such a treasure so close to LA. I have to say “ditto” to everything Evelyn said. The turtles look to be greeting you. The flowers in bloom… they do know it’s early February, right? Perfect day for your little sweet family. Thanks for bringing us along.
“People from a planet without flowers would think
we must be mad with joy the whole time
to have such things about us.”
– Iris Murdoch