The miracle of Arlington Garden!!!

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6 years ago I published a post on Arlington Garden in Pasadena.  This

morning Kate Stamps of Stampsandstamps posted a picture on instagram

and I decided to repost on this amazing public garden in Pasadena!

As you may have seen, last week I posted about the Pasadena Garden tour, and while it was fabulous and I enjoyed it immensely, it came to my attention that I may have missed one of the best stops.  So, when I was in Pasadena this past week I made it a point to stop at the Arlington Gardens.  Nothing short of amazing, I was blown away at this beautiful garden where what used to be a vacant dirt lot.  Started in 2005, this 3 acre preserve is a beautiful addition to Pasadena!

As a third generation Pasadena girl, I attended high school just blocks away and can always recall this open field.  Our friends, Betty and Kicker McKenney…mentioned to me years back that she would like to turn the plot into something more.  Low and behold over the past seven years it has grown into a stunning masterpiece.  Please visit the Arlington Garden to learn more about this amazing property.  Arlington Gardens has a great website, filled with information about the property and how it came to be.

One of my favorite things I read was that girl scouts come each season to pick oranges and then they are sent to a man in Altadena where Arlington Garden has their very own brand of marmalade made! (I just bought 6 jars!! Also available through the Arlington Garden website).

I sent an email to Betty and Kicker to tell them how much I adored the garden, and this was her response:  “Thank you for your nice email about your discovery of Arlington Garden. I’m so glad you came back and checked it out for yourself. It’s a place to spend some time and relax. Come often.

Best, Betty and Kicker The Constant Gardeners”

So True!! There are seats situated all throughout the preserve, perfect for an afternoon stroll, a picnic, or even a cup of coffee and a good book.

With over 800 mediterranean and drought tolerant plants the garden is recognized as a National Wildlife Habitat where birds and small animals can find a peaceful refuge.  It is really amazing how fast this garden has come to life, it is only in its twelfth year, and looks as if it has been growing on this patch for decades.

I would compare it to a garden in the south of France or Italy, it is wonderful to see local plant and wildlife in such a setting.

Throughout the gardens are little signs where you can (once downloading the Arlington Garden iPhone app) you can read on about specific plants and other features the garden has to offer.

It always amazes me what one person is capable of, turning nothing into something, for all to enjoy.  These gardens are obviously a team effort, and a huge undertaking.  I always appreciate seeing ideas turn into reality.  It is inspiring to see a vacant lot turn into a beautiful garden.

It was such a joy to visit these gardens! I will definitely return upon my next stint in Pasadena.  Please share with me your favorite gardens! I always love exploring!

The next picture was taken by Kate Stamps and came from her

instagram (which is a delight!)  Stampsandstamps!

this is circa 2017!

9 thoughts on “The miracle of Arlington Garden!!!

  1. velvet and linen

    I can’t thank you enough for all of this garden inspiration! I love all of the wildflowers. Proof that drought tolerant can be lush and verdant!


    1. penelopebi

      I want to meet you there sometime; and take you to lunch!! You will love it beyond!

  2. Tracey Jackson

    Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing….

  3. Kris

    This is such a beautiful garden. All of the wildflowers and the serene setting makes for an inspirational place to sit and reflect.

    Thanks for sharing the garden.


  4. liz morten

    Hi Penny: I haven’t seen these gardens yet, so they will be on my list when I return for a visit. I loved my job as garden docent for the Huntington Botanical Gardens, so this is right up my alley.

  5. janice

    Hi Penny,

    What a gorgeous garden! Thank you for

    sending along such beautiful pictures.



  6. B.

    Reminds me of the wonderful feel you get from S.B. Botanic Gardens (where my sister got married twenty-seven years ago) this month, and Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens in Santa Barbara…where I got married (twenty-six years ago) this Month.

    Simple garden pleasures are the best. Great post!


  7. Shirley

    Arlington Gardens look so beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Vinny

    There’s a terriifc amount of knowledge in this article!

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