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Arlington Garden in Pasadena

Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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A Bit of Wilderness in the Suburbs

Wild & natural. The former site of a huge Victorian mansion, razed in 1961.... Meandering paths... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2018
City of Angels
A Hidden Jewel

I had heard about Arlington Garden for a few years, but never visited, choosing larger venues in... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2018
Randall W
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“native plants”(8 reviews)
“quiet respite”(2 reviews)
“plant life”(2 reviews)
Arlington garden is a community supported, drought-tolerant garden that celebrates Southern California’s Mediterranean climate. Our mission is to engage, educate and demonstrate how a natural native garden can be both beautiful and easy to maintain...more
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295 Arlington Dr, Pasadena, CA 91105-3340
+1 626-578-5434
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Reviewed 15 August 2018

Wild & natural. The former site of a huge Victorian mansion, razed in 1961.... Meandering paths, California Native Plants, Hidden spots & nooks.... Best of all the signs: "This is a Garden; Not a Playground or Park" It is Free and that's a plus.

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Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

I’ve been to the Botanical gardens of Catalina Island, and I was hoping to see a similar display of native plants. It was rather rundown and unkept. My seven year old and I planned for a picnic, but the setting was rather sad and discarded-looking.

Thank Lea S
Reviewed 13 July 2018

I had heard about Arlington Garden for a few years, but never visited, choosing larger venues in the LA/Pasadena area. This visit was at the encouragement of my sister as a pleasant, uncrowded alternative. There were few people there and the garden was peaceful and...More

Thank Randall W
Reviewed 14 April 2018

This is truly an unusual space for the public without charge that combines varieties of plants and art in unusual and thought provoking ways. We will be regular visitors from now on to this gem. The entrance is not well marked, but you can identify...More

1  Thank tajikiev
Reviewed 29 March 2018

I really like this garden, is not huge but it was really nice to go for a walk and sunbathe a little bit in one of their areas with umbrellas and chairs. I was alone in the morning and it was so peaceful and public,...More

Thank Eulàlia B
Reviewed 20 February 2018

Open to the public free of charge, this is a delight to wander around the various paths with beautiful flowers and cacti

Thank 773Gareth
Reviewed 19 January 2018

Huntington is the grand dame of gardens and we loved our visit there, but we enjoyed the Arlington Gardens more. The plant combinations with an emphasis on combinign plants with contrasting leaf shapes and sizes, focal points featuring an attractive grouping of plants around artwork...More

1  Thank Jane S
Reviewed 3 December 2017

Outstanding garden. One of the best, public or private. Quite large but with enough 'garden rooms' that I never felt it was crowded. Some lovely, inspirational hardscape design elements. Only thing that could make it better would be more plant info that is printed on...More

Thank P S
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Lovely gardens ,well kept and peaceful ,unfortunately a few homeless sleeping about ,worth a visit ,but not much else apart from shops in Passadena

Thank Angela A
Reviewed 23 September 2017

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 afternoon enjoy plant life.

Thank PilotMichael
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30 July 2016|
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Response from GermaicanSpiceGirl | Reviewed this property |
I don't think it would be very easy to take someone in a wheelchair thru the garden..because the garden sits on an uphill slope and all the paths are sandy and uneven, none are paved. However, noone should be deprived, so I... More
21 May 2015|
Response from ignacioc769 |
Are there docents, or guides, available at Arlington Garden?