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Arlington Garden: A Moment of Lovely

Mar 24, 2013
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ArlingtonGarden_KatWard_AThe California poppies—with the sun at their backs—literally glowed orange as we drove along Pasadena Avenue just south of “The Fork in the Road.”

We missed the right turn, thought about continuing home, but the left hand flicked the blinker while the right hand pulled on the steering wheel. We drove around the block, parked, and entered Arlington Garden.

Even though traffic is rather steady along here, any invasive noises were quickly tuned out by what caught our attention—the abundance of colors; the thoughtfully meandering layout; the pleasing lines, curves and shapes seen in the paths, archways, and seating areas, and plants themselves; the dramatic light and shadows created by an afternoon sun. We felt a permeating sense of gentleness, calm, and serenity amidst vibrancy, creativity, silliness, and beauty. We wondered why we had not visited before; we regretted not bringing a book, a cup of joe or rooibos, and settling in for a good long sit…though we did enjoy a good long look.

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Rachel & Anastasia Corales enjoying the Arlington on a lovely Sunday afternoon

Rachel & Anastasia Corales at the Arlington on a Sunday afternoon

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Sprinklers!

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Arlington Garden
296 Arlington Dr., Pasadena 91105
The garden is free to the public & open from dawn ’til dusk, 365 days a year
ArlingtonGardeninPasadena.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




2 Responses for “Arlington Garden: A Moment of Lovely”

  1. Jill Ganon says:

    I live nearby, and walk my dog, Delilah, through Arlington Garden most days. It is a treasure and has enriched the neighborhood enormously. Pasadenans Betty and Kicker McKenney took on the approximately 3-acre weedy parcel over ten years ago and with an astonishing degree of commitment, the very enlightened work of garden designer Mayita Dinos and bands of volunteers as well as support from the city of Pasadena, this Mediterranean influenced garden thrives and changes and is a little pocket of heaven in southwest Pasadena. Nice going Hometown Pasadena for showing the way to this great resource. If anyone is so inclined – you can learn more and support the garden by going to ArlingtonGardenInPasadena.org. i have no official affiliation with Arlington Garden other than being glad every day that it is my neighbor. And check out the marmalade made from their oranges. Yum.

  2. Kat Ward says:

    Thank you, Jill, for offering your first-hand knowledge. We did feel rather heavenly when we were walking there and can’t wait visit again, and again. We would also like to urge residents to visit and realize the treasure that is the Arlington Garden. Buy some marmalade; make a donation. It’s tremendous efforts by the likes of Betty and Kicker McKenney that make this area, our town, such an incredible place in which to live.

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