Arlington Garden in Pasadena, Pasadena

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The Arlington Garden is a 3-acre botanical garden, located in Pasadena, California. It is Pasadena's only dedicated free public garden. The garden was designed by Mayita Dinos, it was started to built in 2005.HistoryIn 1902, the businessman John Durand purchased the site. From then to 1964, the property was home to the renowned Durand Mansion. The mansion was purchased and demolished by Caltrans in 1964. Caltrans used the lot to store heavy equipment during construction of the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) expansion. The three-acre lot remained vacant since 1967. In 2003, Caltrans leased the lot to the City of Pasadena for city purposes.The garden is now maintained and supported by the nonprofit group Arlington Garden with help from local residents and volunteers, the Pasadena Beautiful Foundation, the Pasadena Public Works Department and Pasadena Water and Power.Points of interestThe garden includes thousands of California-native plants such as poppies, sunflowers, cactus and succulents, orchards of orange and olive trees, and many more species. It also includes a variety of benches and tables, birdbaths and statuary.On November 15, 2008, Yoko Ono's art installation Wish Tree for Pasadena were donated to Arlington Garden and permanently installed there.
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  • Lovely gardens ,well kept and peaceful ,unfortunately a few homeless sleeping about ,worth a visit ,but not much else apart from shops in Passadena  more »
  • This is an unexpected find, Beautiful Gardens in the middle of the Pasadena neighborhood. It's like the neighbors garden, and the neighbors keep up the garden. Definitely, a place to relax for the aft...  more »
  • Nicely designed garden with interesting variety, and perfectly suited for a leisurely stroll: a labyrinth is inside, good markers in the garden, nice balance of sunny and shady spots, lovingly tended ...  more »
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  • Love this place. Just wish visitors would be more respectful of personal space and pick up after themselves. And no incense burning! It's bad for bees!
  • Beautiful public garden - enjoy the birds, relax, read a book or just take a stroll. Best to get there early - avoid the heat in summer. Note- they do rent space for weddings so you may not have access to all areas.
  • This is a lovely three acre garden in the middle of Pasadena. It has a lot of low water plants and butterflies and birds. Nice shady spots for a picnic or reading a book.
  • Nice place to relax and hang out. Sometimes a bit busy with people taking photos of special occasions. Interesting and changing nature throughout the year though.
  • This place has easy access, it is possible to park along the street in front of the garden. Inside you will find well designed paths, furniture arranged close to the bushes and fountains where the visitors can sit and relax watching the birds and butterflies. There is a sign with the name of the plants and trees which helps to recognize the variety of species. The garden is quiet and allows to take beautiful pictures. There are plenty of visible signs encouraging visitors to not to feed wildlife and pick up their own garbage.

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