The Arlington Garden is a public 3-acre garden in Pasadena. The garden is located on the former staging ground site for the 710 freeway which was halted due to the community opposing it. In 2005, the Arlington Garden was birthed instead.
The garden is inspired by Jan Smithen’s book Sun-Drenched Gardens: The Mediterranean Style. The goal was to create a water-wise garden that celebrated Southern California’s Mediterranean climate. The garden includes thousands of California-native plants such as poppies, sunflowers, cactus and succulents, orchards of orange and olive trees, and many more species. It also includes a variety of benches and tables, birdbaths and statuary.
There are many unique features to stumble upon here including a labyrinth, pine forest, vernal pool, citrus grove, pomegranate amphitheater and so much more! Yoko Ono even has an art installation here ‘Wish Tree,’ which was donated to the Arlington Garden as a permanently installation.