The government designated the first arboretums to protect natural wonders, which were threatened by Teddy Roosevelt's insatiable appetite for peppered bark. Experience earth's gorgeously guarded barkscape with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$37 for a one-year family or grandparent membership for two adults and their children under age 18 (a $75 value)
- Free admission to the Arboretum
- Free admission to more than 270 gardens in the United States and Canada
- New-member orientation tour
- Invitation to members-only events
- One-year subscription to the Arboretum members' magazine and calendar
- Special late and summer hours for picnic area after entry, and 8 a.m. entry for walking or running
- Loaning privileges of botanical books at the library
- Discounts on events including classes, workshops, and family programs
- 20% off subscription to Pacific Horticulture
- 10% off at garden and gift shops
- Discounts of 10% or more at several nurseries
- 10% discount on tickets to the Pasadena POPS summer concert series at the Arboretum
$75 for a one-year Garden Sustainer membership for four adults and their children under age 18 (a $150 value), which includes all of the above plus admission for two adults and their children to Virginia Robinson Gardens by reservation
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Nestled in the historic Rancho Santa Anita—a homestead originally inhabited by the Gabrieleno Tongva tribe—Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden houses wildlife and plants from all over the globe on 127 acres. Its creators opened the Arboretum in 1947 to promote environmental awareness in a sanctuary that reflects the distinct history, flora, and culture of southern California. The grounds reflect the founders' aim—hummingbirds flutter among the colorful blooms in the Grace Kallam Perennial Garden, and wildflowers, herbs, and veggies spring to life at the hands of community volunteers in the educational Garden for All Seasons. Tropical and temperate blossoms embellish the Meyberg waterfall's sun-drenched stone face and blue-gum trees stand guard in front of the Queen Anne cottage, one of several historic sites that was constructed in 1885 to encapsulate Victorian opulence. Peacocks and great egrets strut among living plant collections, which explode into flowery canopies whenever the right garden sprites are available to aid in pollination.
Members often gain exclusive access to the Arboretum's slate of events, which includes workshops, tours, Yoga in the Garden, and live music performances in the summer months. The Arboretum Summer Nights series kicks off with David Correa and Cascada on July 11, followed by Sour Mash Hug Band on July 25, Ooks of Hazzard on August 1, and closes out with Steve Rushingwind on August 8. Summer camps reawaken brains that usually hibernate until September, and Bookworms Story Time captures attention year-round. Members can also take advantage of free tram rides during SpringTopia on May 3–4.