John R. Rodman Arboretum

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The John R. Rodman Arboretum (10 acres, or 40,000 m²) is located on the campus of Pitzer College in Claremont, eastern Los Angeles County, California.

The Arboretum began in 1984 when Dr. John R. Rodman, Professor of Environmental Studies, and Dr. Sheryl F. Miller, Professor of Anthropology, along with other faculty, staff, and students, tried to save surviving native chaparral vegetation from demolition by well-meaning academic developers. Since 1988 the arboretum has been an official part of the college.

Sixteen gardens[edit]

Sixteen gardens demonstrate that drought-tolerant, native landscaping can produce beautiful and environmentally responsible gardens for the San Gabriel Mountains foothills—alluvial fan scrub habitat, of the California chaparral and woodlands ecoregion.

The arboretum gardens and plant communities are as follows:

  • David Bloom Garden of Remembrance - dedicated in 2003 to David Bloom, a place of memorial.
  • Ellsworth Garden - a water-conserving garden named for Pitzer President Frank Ellsworth; many South African Aloe species are represented.
  • Eunice Pitzer Wildflower Garden - Eunice Pitzer (1912–92) was a lover of the desert and of desert wildflowers.
  • Farm Project Garden and Orchard - A parking lot until energetic students liberated it with jackhammers and labor, its centerpiece is the chicken house as an example of sustainable agriculture.
  • Intercultural Garden - designed by Perry & Associates Collaborative's landscape architects, Bob Perry and Jerry Taylor in 1994, with plants from around the world representing the diversity of Pitzer College's students. These include plants from Asian Ginkgo biloba; Australian and New Zealander Kangaroo paws (Anigozanthus); African Aloe dichotoma or quiver plant (Quercus canariensis); Egyptian/Middle Eastwen (papyrus, pomegranates, figs); and New World succulents.
  • Medicinal Garden - begun 1998-99, medicinal and culinary species from world cultures, including Agave tequilana, Salvia, and Artemisia spp.; lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus); feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium); etc.
  • Outback/Arboretum Natural Area - threatened by campus expansion but preserving the local plant community with a native mix of coastal sage scrub and chaparral.
  • Ruth Munroe Garden - dedicated to a guiding spirit.

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Coordinates: 34°06′17″N 117°42′18″W / 34.10472°N 117.70500°W / 34.10472; -117.70500