Pasadena’s Arlington Garden…an excellent weekend’s exhale

Wednesday was the first day of spring, but I hear that in some parts of the country winter isn’t making a gracious exit.

If you’re tired of rain and snow maybe you want to add your name to a lawsuit filed against Punxsatawney Phil, stating he “purposely and with prior calculation and design, caused the people to believe that Spring would come early.”

Since February 2nd, when the famed Pennsylvania groundhog didn’t see his shadow and spirits were buoyed at the promise of an early spring, much of the midwest and northeast  has been blanketed in cold, rain or snow.

Apparently enough is enough! Ohio Prosecutor Mike Gmoser even called for the death penalty!

Waking this morning to this story I almost changed my mind about posting photos of a beautiful spring garden. But maybe it will give you a nice focus…it just CAN’T be long now!

In my part of the world, spring has fully sprung!

And the colors are starting to create such a splashy show I find myself letting go with some ” ooooh’s and ahhhh’s” in deep appreciation.

And Pasadena’s Arlington Garden is the perfect spot to drink it all in.

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This dedicated public garden is the perfect place to bring a cup of coffee and maybe a scone or sandwich, to sit surrounded by 350 trees and thousands of plants that do well in a Mediterranean climate, and luxuriate in tranquility.

This three acre garden is on the site of a former turn-of-the-century Victorian home, on a street once referred to as “Millionaires’ Row.” The elegant home remained in the family of the original owners until 1960, then a year later it was razed, with property eventually acquired by Caltrans.

But something wonderful and very unusual transpired.

Beginning in 2003 community members came together with city government to create a garden of native and drought tolerant plants, shrubs and trees. The garden is open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year and is located on the corner of Arlington Drive and Pasadena Avenue.

It’s just down the street from the famous Fork in the Road landmark, and only a block away from one of the busiest Pasadena thoroughfares. But somehow this park’s design fools you! It’s quiet and peaceful, and a big surprise!

One thing about its location that pleases me the most is its close proximity to Huntington Hospital. I can’t help but think of how restorative a brief walk in this quiet environment would be for anyone required to make frequent hospital visitations.

There is a lot of history connected to the property and many more wonderful things I’d love to share about the garden, but spring is just getting underway. I expect to be a frequent visitor and as I share the garden with you across the seasons I’ll add a little bit more of the story for added measure.

If you just can’t see yourself spending any time outdoors this weekend, I hope that sharing some photos of Arlington Garden might inspire you to begin planning spring outdoor adventures of your own–the winter thaw can’t be too far off.

Hang on just a little bit longer…

And it’s still the weekend…so don’t forget to exhale!

50 thoughts on “Pasadena’s Arlington Garden…an excellent weekend’s exhale

  1. I think my outside time will be sorely limited this weekend so I’m consoling myself by gazing at your selection of beautiful pics! That really is a stunning garden :-)

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the photos of Arlington Garden, as it is just wondrous! I love the fact that community members have created the entire plan, and it is very lovingly cared for by volunteers. I hope you can get outdoors for some pleasure time before too long, Eleenie! I’m sure you’re eager. :-)

    • Oh dear Alice, I do understand how it must feel to see spring just a couple of states away! :-) You’re so close and yet so far, aren’t you? Poor Phil got everyone all excited and then didn’t deliver. It won’t be long now, I’m just sure! :-)

  2. Just gorgeous and poor Phil, I had no idea he was in trouble. I posted pics of ornamental flowering trees that are in full bloom in our town, where it seems it just snowed.

    • I’ll be headed your way to see those photos, Inger. We are so fortunate to have mild, short winters, aren’t we? I am energized by all the color right now. It seems that everything is blooming. Now the downside is that my allergies are just killing me. I haven’t felt well in a week! LOL! What a dilemma. :-)

    • I wonder how many people pass by every day getting to the freeway, Janine, and don’t stop to see. On one hand I really want to share about it, and on the other, I’ll lose something if there are crowds. LOL! I can share… :-)

      • That’s how I feel about my favorite restaurants: I want them to do well, but if I tell people about them they’ll be crowded.

  3. Another garden I’ve never heard of. Beautiful photos Debra. What a great idea to have a garden like this so close to the hospital. I wonder whether the relatives and friends visiting the hospital are even told about it.

    • And so now you’ve been there! LOL! It was so nice to spend time with you today, Rosie. We’ll have to go back again soon…but next time I need to sit there and take a nap. I get so relaxed! :-)

      • Thanks so much Debra. It is just as beautiful as you described :D I just got home and feel as relaxed as if I’d gone to a retreat for a weekend! I’m going to nap.

    • Hi Sharyn! How nice to hear from you. Aren’t we fortunate to have spring blooming all around us? The color everywhere has me enthralled! I’m glad that you, too, have a local garden to enjoy. I’m really glad to share the garden with you! :-)

    • The labyrinth is a nice addition to a public garden, isn’t it, Nancy? It is really a beautifully serene spot with lots of little architectural and artistic touches. The only thing missing is a hammock! :-)

  4. It can’t be long as we are now experiencing the cooler mornings and longer nights … Autumn is showing up clearly now with gardens full of leaves … yep the seasons, they are a changing…

  5. Your photos are breathtaking, Debra; please don’t stop posting pictures of your spring and climate. They keep us hopeful here in the midwest.

    What a fine example of community involvement, conservancy, and use of native species. I love these garden oases that provide tranquility and peace in the midst of city life. They give us a place to rest and restore our souls, if only for brief moments in time, even through cyberspace.

    I love that bee on the blossom; he seems quite satisfied with his pollen binge.

    • Isn’t Arlington Garden a great example of a community project, Penny? I am so impressed by the work that went into the planning. I hope to at some point share a bit more about that, because I think the story is inspiring. I’m eager to hear that winter has lessened the grip across the nation! I think it’s time! I do hope you have a good week, Penny. I definitely will be sending warm thoughts! :-)

    • I’ve been thinking of those of you still caught in winter’s grip! I know you’re eager for some regular sunshine and a thaw! I must tell you that I’m eager to see some photos of spring from across the nation. It’s time!

  6. I just read the story of the lawsuit on the BBC news website, Debra. Some people will sue about anything. :-)

    From where I’m sitting in a cold and snowy Mid-Wales your photos are so full of warmth and colour that I feel better already. What a wonderfully enterprising and rewarding us of otherwise waste ground those gardens are.

    • I hope you’ve had a good weekend, Perpetua…and that you’ve managed to stay warm.Arlington Garden is so special because it’s been a cooperative between the city and very hard working, dedicated citizens. I’ll be sharing from it quite frequently, I’d imagine, because I inter to visit often! :-)

  7. Such a great place to have in your city. Your slideshow and the photos that followed are beautiful, Debra. That the garden was only started 10 years ago says a lot about its founders — and your climate. Our poor plants have yet another snowstorm to endure tomorrow, though it will be far worse south of the city and we are nowhere near the snow levels of the NorthEast. I’m heading out to clear my front garden today. I don’t care what the weatherman says. The calendar says Spring and I’m going to act like. Where are my shorts? ;)

    • Were you able to get out in your yard, John? I hope so! I’d be the same, I know. Once it’s spring, that’s it! Time to get moving on planning for seeds, vegetables, flowers…yard clean up first! But I saw the weather reports of more snow, and I can barely imagine what that feels like or the inconvenience. This weekend I have been almost sick with allergies…seasonal…which is just hysterical given all the talk of spring! I haven’t had any voice in three days. But at least I am nice and warm! :-)

  8. It seems that spring weather may arrive next month or so they are saying. With several feet of snow on the ground and little sun, I am enjoying your lovely photos.

  9. Dear Debra, I look forward to learning more about these gardens in your future postings. As to spring here on the western edge of Missouri . . . it’s snowing right now. One of the weather forecasters has said we’ll have between a dusting and twelve inches. Back in February, after we’d had 12 inches on a Thursday and more snow was coming six days later he said, “It’s going to snow and it’s going to be either less or more that we got on Thursday.” I’d say he hedges his bets! Maybe that’s why the NBC local newscast he works for can say with such certainty that their weather forecasts are the most accurate in the Kansas City area!!!!! Peace.

    • I am sure you’re more than ready for spring, Dee! I was following the midwest weather reports and it sounded like cold, cold, and more cold! Winter is really holding on, isn’t it? Spring has definitely “sprung” in Southern California, but we did not get nearly enough rain this season. I think we’re deliriously happy with the beauty and ease of the current temperatures, but I’m not sure we’ll be quite as happy in the summer. I am suspecting that a winter thaw would do your spirit well! It can’t be much longer, do you think? oxo

    • John, I almost feel uncomfortable sharing photos from warm and sunny Southern California. It is really all about spring at the moment. I think it’s about time for winter to bid a graceful goodbye. I will give a loud “hurrah” with you when I start hearing about spring taking a firm stand in Great Britain. :-)

  10. Sharp intake of breath on opening your blog today, Debra. Those yellow – are they poppies? – they are just stunning, and so very feel-good. The garden is just glorious. Thankyou for such an uplifting post!

    • The California Poppy is the state flower, and as such, a protected wildflower. Currently they are everywhere, and I can’t stop admiring them myself. They are so cheery, aren’t they? I’m glad I could share Arlington Garden, one of my new “hang outs.” :-)

  11. I love your new header with the poppies.Now this is really cool and I will tell you why. Another blogger who I am following also just changed her header to exactly the same poppy. Here is her link just in case you are interested: http://floweryprose.com/2013/03/24/recipe-corn-shoot-smoothie/ . Also, I love your beautiful photographs and I am drooling a bit. The buds are just starting here and there is still snow on the ground. I also sense that you truly appreciate the beautiful area that you live in. The beautiful colours must be wonderful to ‘breathe in’. ~Thea

    • Is the other blogger from California? It’s our state flower, and they are everywhere right now in glorious color. I’m glad you enjoyed the garden photos. And I”m also so glad to hear you’re beginning to see signs of spring. It seems like winter is trying to hold on in so many parts of North America…I’m eager for everyone to enjoy some color! It is always so nice to hear from you, Thea! I hope you have a really good week. :-)

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