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A New, Improved, LA Arboretum Resource

by Ted Tegart and Deb Shaw

A view down a row of the remodeled Los Angeles Arboretum Library. Photo courtesy of LA Arboretum website, © 2016.

A view down a row of the remodeled Los Angeles Arboretum Library. Photo courtesy of LA Arboretum website, © 2016.

UPDATE TO ORIGINAL POST (by Deb Shaw): I posted the article below at the beginning of the day (18 February), but then received an email this evening with an invitation to the Library Grand Re-opening on Saturday, February 27, from 1 – 3 pm. Steve Rushingwind will be performing Native American flute music and children can make a toy kaleidoscope. Karen Hochman Brown will be discussing her exhibit, Reflections in the Garden, which is on display in the Library. Free with admission; members free. Please contact Susan Eubank with questions, at 626.821.3213 or

The March 3 walk and talk may still be on the schedule; please double check with Susan.

Original Post: Join Los Angeles Arboretum Librarian Susan Eubank for a walk and talk through and about the Arboretum Library on Thursday, March 3, 2016. After 50 years, the collections have emerged from the dark into a spacious, welcoming reinterpretation of a mid-century modern building, including a new children’s library. The extensive collections date from 1578 to 2016 in all formats and technologies. The Arboretum Library contains a comprehensive collection of resources on gardening, botany, California native plant life, environmental issues, and some agriculture as these subjects relate to the plants native to and planted in Southern California. This includes books, magazines, old seed and plant catalogs, government documents, pamphlets, and audio-visual materials.

The Library is open to everyone, free of charge. Any member of the general public may use library materials on-site. Arboretum Foundation Members may check out books.

NEW to the Arboretum is the capability to access articles online through the new digital archive, covering the development of the gardens, botanical descriptions of plants, background on local history, arboretum staff, exhibitions, lectures, concerts and more! Browse 65 years of Arboretum publications online and view online exhibitions (including botanical art)!

Arboretum Librarian Susan Eubank is a consummate botanical garden librarian who’s passionate about plants, gardens, libraries and helping customers with their quests.

The Arboretum is located at: 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007. For more information about the tour, and for times, call 626.821.3222. The Arboretum Library is located within The Arboretum. To visit the Arboretum Library, go to the entrance rotunda and tell the cashiers you are there to use the library. Go straight through the double doors on the left (east) of the entrance rotunda. Library hours are:

  1. Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

  2. Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

  3. Sunday, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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