by Janice Sharp, posted by Deb Shaw
The hurricane force winds that hit the Pasadena/Arcadia area on December 1 caused extensive damage to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. A preliminary assessment of damage indicates at least 326 trees are a total loss and over 700 require extensive restorative pruning.
The Arboretum has long been a “home” and resource of the Southern California Botanical Artists Guild. It is a place where we have all taken classes, have shown our work, and been able to obtain a variety of plant specimens. In the wake of the damage to the Arboretum, an outpouring of community support has lead to the establishment of the Arboretum Tree Fund. This is the single largest tree planting campaign in the garden’s history. Please help with the acquisition of new trees and shrubs by making a GIFT ONLINE, or by MAIL to Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation, 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA. 91007. To make a donation by phone, please call Brittany Fabeck in the Development Office at 626.821-3237. Please include “Tree Fund” on your donation.