LA Arboretum lush gardenWe landed at the LA Arboretum by mistake, and I am glad we did. I passed by this place many times on my way to hikes close by but never stopped to explore.

On this day, we were heading to Eaton Canyon for a great waterfall hike but were blocked by a roaring stream with a dangerous crossing. So, we decided to check out this botanic garden in Arcadia.

The 127-acre beautifully landscaped garden is nestled against the San Gabriel Mountains. It provides a sanctuary of nature, where flora and fauna thrive in harmony, and visitors can escape the urban chaos and immerse themselves in the beauty of the natural world.

LA Arboretum PeacockAs we entered the Arboretum, we were greeted by a lush landscape of blooming flowers, towering trees, and chirping birds. And everywhere we looked, we saw peacocks displaying their vibrant colors and calling for a mate.

The LA Arboretum has various plant collections, including South American, Mediterranean, South African, Australian, and North American plants. 

Other displays include the Aquatic Garden, Meadow Brook, Demonstration Home Gardens, Garden for All Seasons, Prehistoric and Jungle Garden, Native Oaks, Herb Garden, and the Palm and Bamboo collection. 

The gardens also serve as the home for summer concerts featuring the Pasadena POPS.

LA Arboretum Peacock and mountainsIt also offers various historical features, including the Santa Anita Train Depot, the Queen Anne Cottage, and the Baldwin Mansion with Baldwin Lake nearby.

Baldwin Lake is home to various fish, including bass, catfish, and bluegill. It is also a nesting ground for many birds, including pelicans, herons, and egrets. 

Various trees and plants surround the lake, including oaks, pines, and willows.

The LA Arboretum is a great place to learn about Southern California's natural and cultural heritage. It is also a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

The Peacock Café is a great place to enjoy lunch or a snack while admiring the lush landscape. While we had lunch, several peacocks strutted around the tables. 

Other places we enjoyed at the Arboretum are:

The Rose Garden: Where you can find a selection of roses nestled under Mexican fan palms.

Perennials Garden: The garden offers design ideas and outstanding plants for Southern California Gardens.

Aquatic Garden: A serene landscape of gentle pools, water lilies, and shaded benches, with the Meyberg Waterfall below.

Baldwin Lake: A serene lake next to an enchanted forest with fish, waterfowl, and turtles. Benches offer a place to relax and enjoy the views.