Laura M. on Trip Advisor
2 years ago
11/07/2019, 05:10 AM
Lovely place to walk!
I love walking laps around the outer perimeter of the Arboretum - and if I've got the energy, also hiking up either the "staircase" or the "back road" to the Top of the Falls! The views of the San Gabriels & the surrounding civilization are wonderful at the very top of the hill!
I only dinged The Arboretum one star because for at least a YEAR they've had the old historical Adobe blocked off, "Under Repair." (For over a YEAR? Really? And why do I NEVER see anyone working on it even though I go over there at least once a month?)
I also just don't understand what the problem is with the bodies of water... Bodies of water are all too rare here, in the LA basin, so why can't they just give us back the lovely little lake by St. Anne's Cottage, the waterfall (okay, It seems they may have fixed that!), & the small duck ponds that have now been dry for several years?
They finally refilled the St. Anne's Cottage lake, and before you knew it, the entire thing had turned stinky green with stagnant algae overgrowth! This is Los Angeles! Can't they PLEASE hire a biologist who can FIX this?!
Other than those complaints, the staff do a great job of keeping the place clean & well-manicured, and the "Peacock Cafe" & Gift Shop up & running! (THANK YOU, Arboretum Staff!)
A few years ago, The Arboretum let local artists display pieces of their work out in the open - all over the Gardens! It was wonderful! I really wish they'd do that again! We've got all these excellent Art Schools nearby - why not let those artists present another temporary installation at the Arboretum? It's been too long, and it keeps The Arboretum interesting for us locals who make frequent return visits!