During the Garden Writers Association Symposium in September, bus loads of eager gardenerds stepped off to visit Arlington Gardens, an historic site in Pasadena, CA. It is “Pasadena’s only designated public garden designed to demonstrate sustainable water-wise gardening in a Mediterranean climate.” Boy, did it live up to that claim. In the middle of our drought, this garden was lush and thriving. Enjoy these photos, and then plan your visit.
Walking around to the different “rooms” in the garden, we came upon several trees with notes hanging from the branches.
The keyhole garden grabbed our attention mainly because of the centerpiece sculpture using water wands. We could have stayed here all day smelling leaves of all the beautiful sages planted in the garden.
When we first arrived, the host volunteers had plated up some marmalade for us to sample; a keen trick to ensure a customer at the end. Yours truly left with a jar in hand. I don’t even like marmalade, and I enjoyed this stuff! The marmalade is one of the main ways the Garden raises funds to keep going. So if you visit, please pick up a jar.