This past weekend, I had to go buy a new tennis racquet for Sunday. We packed the family in the car and headed over to Westfield Shoppingtown Mall (not a generic name at all) to shop at Sports Chalet. Now, I’m not a fan of shopping in general and malls, specifically, but it was such a nice day, the last thing I expected was to spend 15 minutes driving around looking for parking. We eventually found a space close to Baldwin Ave. and hiked over to & through the mall to get my racquet.
After spending 20 minutes there, I had to get out. The lightbulb went off. The Arboretum is just down the street from the mall. Imagine my chagrin when I pulled into the parking lot and immediately found parking. While there were many people there, we kept seeing the same 20 or so people and the other people were there for a wedding.
Los Angeles has so many natural wonders that go unvisited. I have friends who are in their 40s, born and raised in Los Angeles who haven’t been to the Arboretum since a 5th grade field trip. Or the transplants who’ve lived here for a few years and have never even heard of the place. The last time we went to the Arboretum was in April and we were blown away by the changes that have taken place with new art installations and revamped gardens.
Sunday, Oct. 26th, the Arboretum will be hosting a Halloween Family Festival:
Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume for great photo opportunities and spend a fun- filled day celebrating fall, nature, and, of course, Halloween! Explore the wonders of The Arboretum – Slither Along the Serpent Trail, Creep Through the Catawampus, Scavenger Hunt Around the Historical Section, go on the Scratch and Sniff Tour of the Herb Garden, and Journey Through the Tropical Jungle!
You can find out more infomation on the website for the Arboretum. Even if you don’t make it there this weekend, just remember that it is there. For urban gardeners, it’s a must see to learn about drought-tolerant/native plantings. There are classes for such and many gardens laid out. There are a couple of vegetable gardens on-site. This helps us in Southern California figure out what can be planted and when during our long growing season.