I know it might seem like we spend a lot of time going on about Arlington Garden here at Hometown Pasadena, but there’s a good reason for that: It’s flippin’ amazing. Plus I drive by it every day, and it brings a wee bit of joy every time. A true community effort, founded, created and maintained by volunteers (headed by the remarkable Betty and Kicker McKenney, who live in a condo overlooking the formerly vacant lot), this three-acre urban garden is now in spectacular spring bloom. This corner lot at Pasadena Avenue and Arlington Drive in southwest Pasadena is well worth a trip, even if you live in Highland Park or La Crescenta or Sierra Madre. You can bring your dog, as long as you clean up any leavings, and the umbrella-shaded seating area is one of the finest picnic spots in town.
Spring is springing up everywhere, so if you have any photos to share of your favorite spring public park or natural space (Lacy Park? Descanso? The Arroyo?), please send it to us, and we’ll run it and heap credit upon you. Here are a few more of my photo wanderings from an afternoon’s stroll.