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Writing in Arlington Gardens in Pasadena

Arlington Garden is the phoenix that has risen from the ashes of the proposal for use as a staging area for 710 freeway construction.  This garden is inspired by Jan Smithen's book Sun Drenched Gardens: The Mediterranean Style and is designed by Mayita Dinos.  "The garden's colors and cover attract and show butterflies and birds to this formerly barren lot and show the community how beautiful, practical, water-wise and satisfying a well planned and maintained climate-appropriate garden can be."


We will meet at the western most entrance to the garden on Arlington Drive. If you arrive late or don't find the entrance, call or text Cheryl at[masked] for directions. Street parking is available on Arlington Drive.

9:45-10:00 meetup and intros

10:00-11:15 find your shady spot and write

11:15-11:30 optional checkout and chat

"There is simply no place else like Arlington Garden in Pasadena, or elsewhere in the San Gabriel Valley.  Its Italian style olive allee, numerous succulent and cactus gardens, an Arroyo Seco like pathway flanked by sycamores leading to a vernal pool, orange grove laid out in grids like historical California orange groves, paths and benches set throughout plant communities, and its “surprises around every corner,” make Arlington Garden an indescribable Pasadena landmark which has to be visited if it is to be appreciated." 

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