Five years in bloom: Arlington Garden to celebrate on Saturday

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An anniversary celebration on Saturday will mark Arlington Garden’s five years in the community.
The property, which is owned by Caltrans, was once the site of an opulent, 17,000-square-foot mansion that was built in 1901 and then demolished in the 1960s.
The 3-acre lot at one point was poised to become a staging area for 710 freeway construction crews.
But after standing vacant for 40 years, Charles and Betty McKenney had a different idea about what the land could be used for: a garden. City officials banded together with neighbors, local schools and dozens of donors and volunteers to make the garden a reality.
Image: Chuck McKenney, in 2007, with his wife Betty, who came up with the idea to create a garden on an empty Caltrans-owned 3-acre lot at the northwest corner of Arlington Street and Pasadena Avenue. Neighbors helped with the landscaping and plantings, including 50 orange trees. (File photo)

More photos after the jump.

The photos below are from 2007:
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… Arlington Garden now includes thousands of California-native plants such as poppies, sunflowers and succulents, orchards of orange and olive trees, and many more species. The garden provides a respite for visitors and also includes benches, tables, birdbaths, statuary, fountains and meandering pathways.
On Saturday, garden designers and native-plant experts will be on hand to give advice, and visitors can take self-guided tours of the garden and enjoy live music. For sale will be jars of marmalade, paintings of the garden, books by local authors, jewelry and Adirondack-style furniture.
Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 275 Arlington Dr., (626) 441-4478

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The photos below are from 2009:

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Below, a solar-powered water fountain:

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(File photos by Walt Mancini / Staff)

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