New: Garden Meditation

Jun 27, 2017

The Arboretum brings positive vibes to the work week with a new class: Garden Meditation.

“Welcome to Hump Day at the Arboretum!”

The idea is to ease the stress of the first part of the week and get ready to face the second part of the week with a “lunch hour revival session.”

In an article by science journalist James Gaines about the positive effects of schools replacing detention with meditation, he writes:

Mindful meditation has been around in some form or another for thousands of years. Recently, though, science has started looking at its effects on our minds and bodies, and it’s finding some interesting effects.

One study, for example, suggested that mindful meditation could give practicing soldiers a kind of mental armor against disruptive emotions, and it can improve memory too. Another suggested mindful meditation could improve a person’s attention span and focus.

Individual studies should be taken with a grain of salt (results don’t always carry in every single situation), but overall, science is starting to build up a really interesting picture of how awesome meditation can be.¹


Photo source: LA County Arboretum & Botanic Garden.


Flowers and flower essences are used in this hour-long meditation led by Vignette Ching. She is anacupuncturist and herbalist who works at Blue Jean Acupuncture in Pasadena. Ching has achieved her L.Ac meaning she’s completed “three years of focused effort in learning the theoretical and clinical skills that give a practitioner enough experience with Chinese medicine to begin to practice acupuncture.”²

Vignette is a native Angeleno. She spent her early childhood pounding the streets of Chinatown at her grandmother’s side haggling for live chickens, fresh fish, and dried medicinal herbs for soup. Yet it wasn’t until she was knee deep studying public health in Louisiana, that she discovered acupuncture. Longing for a medicine to address the spiritual and emotional ailments that accompany physical disease, Vignette was introduced to a local community acupuncturist. It inspired her to return home where she pursued a degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Emperor’s college.

Upon graduating, she was recruited as the first acupuncturist at Athena Medical Group in Monterey, Ca. There she worked alongside western medical practitioners, cultivating a strong foundation in pain management and women’s health treatments. She is now back in LA, using what a lifetime of caretaking under her grandmother’s wing, and her degree taught her.


Vignette Ching


Regarding meditation: Vignette’s “relaxed approach is designed to relieve stress and anxiety without giving up your guilty pleasures.”

Classes are Wednesdays on July 5, 12, 19, and 26, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Arboretum conference room and surrounding grounds.

Have questions? Email Vignette at or call 1.831.854.7704.


Hump Day Garden Meditation
Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, and 26, from noon to 1 p.m.
Arboretum conference rm., 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 91007
Cost: $40 per month, members; $50 per month, non-members
Cost: $15 drop-in fee on day of (which includes Arboretum admission)
To register, please call 1.626.821.4623
Or pay at class





¹ Article by James Gaines, September 22, 2016,

² Quote source:





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