The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is a lovely haven for all who call Arcadia home. This unique 127 acre botanical garden is located on the site of what was once the heart of the historic Rancho Santa Anita. The Arboretum maintains natural landscapes, wildlife, and historic buildings in order to share with visitors the plants and trees from all over the world, and to help them learn about California history as they enjoy the garden. An Arcadia home is set in beautiful surroundings, and having this amazing botanical garden in such close proximity means that residents can visit at their leisure.
There are a few necessary rules of etiquette that visitors are careful to follow. While the garden is a place of wonder for people of all ages, children under the age of 18 are required to have adult supervision at all times for their safety. The wildlife is as much a part of the garden as the rest of the landscape, so family pets are not allowed, although service animals for the disabled are always welcome. It stands to reason that chasing or harassing the wildlife is not permitted, but visitors are asked not feed them either, including the peafowl, geese, ducks and squirrels. It is also wise to keep a safe distance. Since the Arboretum is a museum of living plants, guests are asked not to remove or damage any of the natural materials, including seeds, fruits, flowers, plant labels, or feathers. The Garden and Gift Shop is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. so that each visitor can bring a piece of this unique garden back to their Arcadia home. For more information on the hours and admission, or events happening at the garden visit their website at Arboretum.org.