On the eve of the Christmas break, a few Shepherd University students and ESL instructor Judy Sullivan celebrated the end of the term with a leisurely excursion to the Los Angeles County Arboretum. The Arboretum is located on Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. The sprawling, tree-filled 127 acres comprise an arboretum, botanical garden, and historical site.
A significant water source to Native American tribes, the acreage has been a hub of activity for hunters and settlers from prehistorical times. After it was developed and became known as the Ranch Santa Anita, it was owned by a series of owners until it was purchased by Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin in 1875. “Lucky” Baldwin, who had won his fortune gambling, developed the area of Arcadia as a destination spot and served as its first mayor. He built the Queen Anne cottage on the banks of Baldwin Lake as a gift for his wife.
After wandering around the extensive gardens with rich plant varieties from various locales including the Canary Islands, Greece, China, and Madagascar, our group experienced the balmy indoor rain forest. We then walked the perimeter of Baldwin Lake, taking in the Queen Anne’s cottage and nearby waterfalls. The overcast weather gave the entire place a supernatural kind of beauty.
After our hours long trek we took a leisurely break with ice tea and perused the offerings of the charming Arboretum goods store which included seeds, seedlings and stationery with arboreal motifs. Everybody agreed that this verdant getaway was the perfect place to spend the first day of our Christmas holiday.
Judy Sullivan- Instructor; Shepherd University. 12.23.16
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