Pasadena is relatively close to where I live in Los Angeles and during COViD I explored more of it. You may think of Pasadena as the place for the Rose Bowl football game, the Tournament of Roses Parade as well as the place where Jet Propulsion lab, Caltech and ArtCenter College of Design make change happen!
Recently, I spent the day at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. The grounds are vast with 120 acres of botanical gardens, 42,000 works of art, 11 million library objects, 7 million manuscripts. It seemed like I had traveled to another country. The Chinese garden made me feel like I was transported back to my travels in Beijing and beyond. I also loved the Japanese Gardens, the Rose Garden and the Desert Gardens. I cannot wait to return.
Susan and I decided to catch up on all of our missed celebrations during COVID with a lovely dinner at Nick’s Restaurant after our day at the Huntingon.
I was able to walk in Arlington Garden with my Ms. Magazine editor, Carmen. We especially loved the labyrinth.
Arlington Garden is a three acre garden on Caltrans-owned land. It is leased to the City of Pasadena and entrusted by the city to Arlington Garden in Pasadena, a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. This garden is not only friendly to people and pets but also serves as a refuge for Pasadena’s native fauna. Birds, bees and butterflies are particularly abundant and can be seen throughout the year.
Arlington Garden was developed in collaboration between Arlington Garden in Pasadena, City of Pasadena, Pasadena Department of Public Works, and Pasadena Water & Power, with help from Pasadena Beautiful Foundation and the Mediterranean Garden Society. Continued support comes from garden clubs, local businesses, nurseries, neighbors and friends.