|Baldwin Lake - now sadly drying up|
Development as a botanic garden began in 1947 with the purchase of the land, funded by the city of Los Angeles and the state of California. The existing plants were inventoried in 1949 with the construction of the first greenhouse. In 1951 the first 1000 trees were planted and the garden opened to the public. Its designation as an arboretum, as well as botanic garden means that there are wonderful collections of mature trees and even in November there was much to see.
|Bismarckia nobilis - my favorite palm|
|Brachychiton discolor - Queensland lace-bark|
|Chorisia insignis - silk floss tree and its wonderful bark next|
|Chorisia insignis 'Alba' - white silk floss tree|
|Chionanthus retusus - Chinese Fringe tree|
|Biggest fish-tail fern I have ever seen|
|Ailanthus - tree of heaven - common and a weed in some areas but lovely in the Fall|
There are various areas within the garden such as geographical collections from Africa, Australia, temperate Asia and Californian natives. Horticultural collections include a rose garden, perennial garden, desert garden as well as collections of day lilies, magnolias, Ficus, cycads, palms and bamboos. Amazingly for November, there was still lots of color throughout the garden.
|Love the shadows!|
|Xanthorrhoea quadrangulata - Square-leaf grass tree|
|Name - no idea?|
|agave - which one?|
|Opuntia - is it engelmannii?|
|Cycad - no idea?|
|White iris in November?|
|Iochroma cyaneum or is it a cestrum?|
|Belloperone - shrimp plant - used to be grown in the UK as a house plant -it then became Drejerella and I believe it is now Justicia brandegeeana? Don't you just love the botanists!|
|Cassia 'Buttercream' - just bought a young one of these and I'm delighted to see how it will mature if it survives the Palm Springs heat.|
|Canna 'Durban' - old favorite - colors fading but great in the low sunlight|
|Dombeya 'Seminole' - wedding flower|
|Paper white narcissus - the only one I know that will flower without a chill period|
We didn't get to see the organic vegetable garden, the tropical greenhouse, the new water conservation garden or the Santa Anita Railway Depot so we have every excuse to return and explore some more!