A Beautiful Day at the Arboretum

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an unsuspecting entrance to the beautiful grounds at the LA County Arboretum

Last Friday a friend and I took advantage of a beautiful, warm and sunny day by spending it outside at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. What can I say about this place, except that it is a gorgeous reprieve from the sprawl that surrounds it! What a fantastic way to remind yourself of all the amazing vegetation in the world.

The Arboretum is sectioned off into different areas of vegetation, including Africa, Australia, and their Prehistoric Forest. They even have a pond, a lake, and a waterfall! They also have some smaller greenhouses to cultivate the more tropical plants, like orchids, that need a lot of humidity since we don’t have a whole lot of that here in Southern California.

Here are some of my favorite things about the Arboretum.

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an orchid trio (Tropical Greenhouse)

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orchids much like mine at home (Tropical Greenhouse)

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beautiful colors speckling the greenhouse (Tropical Greenhouse)

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looking up through the eucalyptus (Australia)

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glass inlays along Serpent Trail (Australia)

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a little taste of down under (Australia)

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Tule Pond

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I want to have story time under this tree!

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Canadian Geese remind me of being back in the Northeast

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another view through the trees

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The magnolias are blooming! (Meadowbrook)

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And so are the cherry blossoms! (Meadowbrook)

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My favorite part of the day was discovering the waterfall behind the magnolias and cherry blossoms!

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makes me feel like I might be in Hawaii

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a second baby waterfall next to the bigger one

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the view from above the waterfall (Tallac Knoll)

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This could be the best reading spot in the whole place! (Tallac Knoll)

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a big old Cypress tree

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Queen Anne Cottage (1885) – You can’t go inside, but you can peak into the windows to see the period accurate furnished interiors!

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lots of very big, very old cacti along the main walkway


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