We paid a visit to The Los Angeles Arboretum on a muggy Sunday afternoon and found a few things we'd never seen before.
When we first started to visit the LA Arboretum it was just after our first trip to New Zealand and Australia and we were quite disappointed by it. However, in the past 5 years The Arboretum has really improved and finally we feel it really has turned into a destination worth visiting.
This visit we happened upon a new, raised bed garden used for The Arboretum's children's Summer Nature Camp gardening classes. Just behind this was a fountain, a greenhouse jungle and a rainforest. These run directly behind the Orchid House, a favorite of ours. Also a visit to The Arboretum wouldn't be complete for the kids without a stop at the Santa Anita Railway Station.
The Arboretum is a great Unschooling location near Los Angeles. It provides large open spaces to run in. A chance to watch small wildlife (in addition to peacocks we spotted, lizards, butterflies, squirrels, koi, aquatic turtles, and ducks) in their own environment. If multiple visits are spread out over the year, it is one of the few places in L.A. to watch the change of seasons and the effect those changes have on the gardens.
|Water feature at the entrance|
|Sign post directing you to your preferred destination.|
|Learning to keep a respectful distance with the time honored phrase, "Look with your eyes, not with your hands.".|
Peacocks and Penhens are everywhere. Their feathers fall off naturally and are offered for purchase at the gift shop. A cheap sourvinir of the day for the kids.
|Walk like a Peacock.|
Part of the teaching garden for children
It looks like, Recycle, repurpose, re-use is also a part of the course.
This guy and the ones below are from the Orchid House