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)

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In the garden: Lessons and leisure, as nature intended

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARBORETUM AND BOTANIC GARDEN
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222

  • Tuesday, Sept. 8: Basic watercolor and graphite pencil lessons, including application and techniques for botanical illustration. The ongoing series starts Tuesday, Sept. 8, and continues for three more weeks (Sept. 15, 22 and 29). 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $180 members/$195 non-members. Pre-registration required; (626) 821-4623

DESCANSO GARDENS
1418 Descanso Drive, La Caada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200

  • Thursday, Sept. 3: Patina wine tasting, Spanish surprises, The Boddy House, 6-8:30 p.m., Sept. 3. $49-$54, large appetizers chosen to compliment the wines. (818) 790-3663

  • Friday, Sept. 11: Pasadena POPS and “Genius Loves Company.” The POPS will perform some spectacular pieces guaranteed to spike your IQ. Gates at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. $20-$90. Tickets: www.theorchestras.org or (626) 793-7172

HOME TOURS

  • Sunday, Oct. 4: Pasadena American Society of Interior Designers 23rd Annual Home and Kitchen Tour showcases five unique homes in Pasadena and Arcadia, with kitchens from five diverse designers; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of the tour and include a map to each home. (800) 237-2634

– Compiled by Linda Fields Gold

In the garden: Lessons and leisure, as nature intended

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARBORETUM AND BOTANIC GARDEN
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222

  • Saturday: Aloes, Agaves and Pears, Oh My! This family fun class reveals how certain plants survive hot weather. Afterwards, participants will make container gardens; 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 15. Individuals are $6; families are $20. Class fees include garden admission; pre-registration required, (626) 821-4623, and class closes at 5 p.m. Aug 14.

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  • Saturday and Sunday: Inter-City Cactus Show and Sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16. Hundreds of plants will be on display; lots of plants and related materials will be available for purchase. Included with admission of $8; $6 seniors.

DESCANSO GARDENS
1418 Descanso Drive, La Caada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200

  • Friday and Saturday: Star-Crossed Love with the Pasadena Pops, featuring music from star-crossed lovers, from Romeo and Juliet to Superman and Lois; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15. Dinner from Patina, (818) 790-3663 or www.patinagroup.com/descanso. Tickets for music are $20-$90 and available (626) 793-7172 or www.theorchestras.org. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; picnics are permitted.

  • Thursday, Aug. 20: Wine tasting For Heaven’s Sake!, Minka Terrace, 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 20. $49-$54, large appetizers chosen to compliment the wines. (818) 790-3663.

HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100

  • Wednesday: The Legend of Pancho Barnes This documentary film follows the career of aviation pioneer Florence Lowe from San Marino deb to stunt pilot; 7 p.m. Wednesday. Friends’ Hall. Free.

– Compiled by Linda Fields Gold