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Arlington Garden in Pasadena

Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Beautiful and interesting

First of all, it is free. Secondly, it has several sections, so you keep finding new things to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Canoga Park CA
A gem of a garden

I live about a 3 min. drive from the garden. I LOVE IT! It goes to show what vision, good design... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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
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Reviewed 4 days ago

First of all, it is free. Secondly, it has several sections, so you keep finding new things to see, including some unusual plants, a labyrinth, a semicircle of stone benches, wishing trees, etc. If you are in downtown Pasadena and don't feel like driving, you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live about a 3 min. drive from the garden. I LOVE IT! It goes to show what vision, good design, and dedicated volunteers can create out of nothing. It's lost it's 2 founders, and is now being managed differently. I miss not going to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank hbelleCalifornia
Reviewed 16 December 2018

The Arlington Garden is a real hidden 100 karat diamond on the de facto 210 Freeway connector to the 110 Arroyo Parkway. It is located on 3 acres of land owned by Caltrans bought for the now defunct 710 Freeway. Leased by the City of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank geotech522
Reviewed 23 October 2018

This is our favorite South Pasadena gardens. It is free so we just go there usually for a picnic or just a stroll. Great native gardens, great seating area to catch up with friends or a place to drink coffee and rest up. Many notable...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ken F
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

A hidden spot in the city to have a quiet moment. There are meandering paths with native California wild plants. Tables with umbrellas and wooden chairs and we even found a kids size table with a toy tea set.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

A perfect spot to chill in the open airand sip a cup of coffee away from noise. It is indeed a hidden gem that was stumbled on by taking a wrong turn and spotting the Arlington Garden.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank LitaH30
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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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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.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank redcelticqueen
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: April 2018
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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?