I had a wonderful visit to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden, located in Arcadia, CA, just east of Pasadena. The 127-acre site is rich with cultural and natural history. The grounds are centered around ancient natural lakes, used by Native Peoples for thousands of years. Settled by Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin in 1875, the property traded hands many times until 1948, when it became part of Los Angeles County and began its transition to the beautiful park that it is today.
The arboretum includes wonderful examples of interpretive signs, outreach messages and education. One of its great attractions is the peacocks that wander freely throughout the property. Their calls and majestic plumage enchant visitors, as they patiently pose for photos at no charge.