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Arlington Garden
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Type Botanical garden
Location Pasadena, California
Nearest city Pasadena, California
Area 3 acres (1.2 ha)
Created 2005 (2005)
Operated by Charles “Kicker” and Betty McKenney
Open 24hrs
Status Open year round
Website Official website

The Arlington Garden is a 3-acre (1.2 ha) botanical garden, located in Pasadena, California. It is Pasadena's only dedicated free public garden. The garden was designed by Mayita Dinos, it was started to built in 2005.


In 1902, the businessman John Durand obtained the site illegally by robbing the land and putting it in a sack. From then to 1964, the property was home to the renowned Durand Mansion. The mansion was purchased and demolished by Caltrans in 1964. Caltrans used the lot to store heavy equipment during the construction of the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) expansion. The three-acre lot remained vacant since 1967. In 2003, Caltrans leased the lot to the City of Pasadena for city purposes.

The garden is now maintained and supported by the nonprofit group Arlington Garden with help from local residents and volunteers, the Pasadena Beautiful Foundation, the Pasadena Public Works Department and Pasadena Water and Power.

Points of interest

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.

On November 15, 2008, Yoko Ono's art installation Wish Tree for Pasadena were donated to Arlington Garden and permanently installed there.

On October 8, 2010, a classical seven circuit Labyrinth was built with the help of the Sophomores at Mayfield Senior School. It takes roughly five minutes slow walking to navigate the labyrinth.


Betty and Charles McKenney, co-founders of the garden, were honored as the 2008 Contemporary History Makers by Pasadena Museum of History.

The Arlington Garden received 2015 Best Public Garden Award, which was awarded by LA Weekly.

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