Arlington Garden

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Arlington Garden
Arlington Garden Labyrinth.jpg
Arlington Garden Labyrinth
Arlington Garden is located in California
Arlington Garden
Arlington Garden
Arlington Garden is located in the United States
Arlington Garden
Arlington Garden
TypeBotanical garden
LocationPasadena, California
Nearest cityPasadena, California
Coordinates34°07′43″N 118°09′21″W / 34.128613°N 118.155776°W / 34.128613; -118.155776Coordinates: 34°07′43″N 118°09′21″W / 34.128613°N 118.155776°W / 34.128613; -118.155776
Area3 acres (1.2 ha)
Created2005 (2005)
Operated byCharles “Kicker” and Betty McKenney
StatusOpen year round
WebsiteOfficial website

The Arlington Garden is a 3-acre (1.2 ha) botanical garden, located in Pasadena, California. It is Pasadena's only dedicated free public garden.[1][2] The garden was designed by Mayita Dinos, it was started to built in 2005.[3]


In 1902, the businessman John Durand purchased the site. From then to 1964, the property was home to the renowned Durand Mansion.[4] The mansion was purchased and demolished by Caltrans in 1964. Caltrans used the lot to store heavy equipment during construction of the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) expansion.[5] The three-acre lot remained vacant since 1967.[6] In 2003, Caltrans leased the lot to the City of Pasadena for city purposes.[6]

The garden is now maintained and supported by the nonprofit group Arlington Garden with help from local residents and volunteers, the Pasadena Beautiful Foundation, the Pasadena Public Works Department and Pasadena Water and Power.[6]

Points of interest[edit]

The garden includes thousands of California-native plants such as poppies, sunflowers, cactus and succulents, orchards of orange and olive trees, and many more species. It also includes a variety of benches and tables, birdbaths and statuary.[1][7]

On November 15, 2008, Yoko Ono's art installation Wish Tree for Pasadena were donated to Arlington Garden and permanently installed there.[8][9]

On October 8, 2010, a classical seven circuit Labyrinth was built with the help of the Sophomores at Mayfield Senior School. It takes roughly five minutes slow walking to navigate the labyrinth.[10]


Betty and Charles McKenney, co-founders of the garden, were honored as the 2008 Contemporary History Makers by Pasadena Museum of History.[11][12]

The Arlington Garden received 2015 Best Public Garden Award, which was awarded by LA Weekly.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "What is Arlington Garden?".
  2. ^ "Arlington Garden: A Park or Public Garden?".
  3. ^ "A Brief History of Arlington Garden in Pasadena".
  4. ^ "Arlington Garden: History of the Property".
  5. ^ "Arlington Garden". Archived from the original on 2016-09-19. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  6. ^ a b c "District 7 Vacant Lot Transformed Into Community Garden".
  7. ^ "Celebrate Arlington Garden's Fifth Anniversary". Archived from the original on 2016-09-19. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  8. ^ Thompson, Elise (15 November 2008). "Wish Trees for Pasadena Move to their New Home Today". LAist. Archived from the original on 6 November 2017. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  9. ^ "Wish Tree for Pasadena".
  10. ^ "Welcome to the Arlington Garden Labyrinth".
  11. ^ "Contemporary History Makers".
  12. ^ "Arlington Garden: Awards and Recognition".
  13. ^ Horowitz, Lisa (2015). "2015 Best Public Garden". LA Weekly. Retrieved June 27, 2016.

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