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Peacocks, waterfalls, bamboo trees ... where am I?

  • Mar 2, 2009
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Since moving to Los Angeles from New York in 2004, I have become obsessed with outdoor activities and museums/landmarks. Ronald Regan Museum, Nixon Museum, California Heritage Museum, Descanso Gardens ... I thought I had finally done it all, until I stumbled upon the LA Arboretum online and HAD to visit it this past weekend.

First of all, let me explain one thing ... An arboretum is a place where an extensive variety of woody plants are cultivated for scientific, educational, and ornamental purposes. (Credit: Thefreedictionary.com)

Located in Arcadia, California, (a little past Downtown Los Angeles and near Glendale/Pasadena) the LA Arboretum only costs $5 if you are student. Once you have entered the grounds, you are greeted by giant peacocks. No, they are not in cages, they are in front of your feet, walking around, as if they own the place. They were beautiful to look at and didn't run away at any point.

Step a couple of inches further into the arboretum and you are surrounded by beautiful trees , grass, fountains and flowers. In no way whatsoever do you feel like you are in LA, or even California for that matter. On the trail we took, we stumbled upon a hut made of wool, a giant waterfall, beautiful little ducks in a pond, more peacocks, a tropical rainforest, bamboo trees, fish, more peacocks, fountains and a neverending supply of beautiful trees and flowers. All this for only $5.

We spent about an hour at the arboretum, but it definately wasn't enough. You could spend hours there and still run out of time before seeing everything the place has to offer. If you live in SoCal or plan to visit, I would highly recommend you check out this place. And if I haven't sold you yet ... Destiny's Child filmed the 'Survivor' video there. I bet I've convinced you now!

DJ Rossstar

LA Arboretum

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March 02, 2009
Since I live in Arcadia, I frequently visited the Arboretum as well the Huntington Library (We bought yearly pass last year), My son loved to play near the pond with the ducks. Huntington Library is also very good, but the entry is much more expensive, but I think there are more variety as well (desert garden, Japanese garden, the new Chinese garden, and many more).
March 02, 2009
Thanks for sharing! I am always looking for great new "outdoor" places to take my girls. This isn;t too far of a drive and sounds well worth it.
March 02, 2009
I've read so much about the LA Arboretum but have never visited. Nearby is, however, the Huntington Library and Gardens, which are apparently on the top "must see" lists for Southern California. Have you ever been? If so, how do you think their gardens compare with the LA Arboretum? And the $5 student entry fee sounds fabulous, considering I still keep my student ID in my wallet even though I graduated almost 2 years ago!
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