16th Anniversary: A Year of Renewal

“This year marks the 16th Anniversary of the McKenney Family Arlington Garden in Pasadena. In celebration of this milestone, we are launching a campaign to raise $16,000, and we need your help! If you have visited the garden recently, you know that we have played a vital role during the pandemic as a joyful place of refuge, welcoming everyone to reconnect with the natural world and recharge in this troubling time. Like many others, the pandemic forced us to find new ways of engaging with our community, and we are proud of what we’ve achieved, emerging stronger and more connected to our visitors and supporters.

As the pandemic wanes, we have the opportunity to dream beyond the borders of the garden and reimagine our urban environment in the model of Arlington Garden – to reconceive the city itself as a place of refuge and connection to the vast web of life surrounding us. At the garden, this dream manifests through our work to continue to improve and grow as an inspiration for this future landscape: a beautiful, healthy urban habitat garden welcoming everyone. Please help us continue to grow and inspire a healthier future by donating to our Sweet Sixteen Campaign!

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Celebrate a year of renewal for our
16th Anniversary and help us raise $16,000!

So far we have raised $11,360 towards our
$16,000 target!

That’s 71% of the total!

THANK YOU!

A Year Of Renewal


Thanks to our generous community, we weathered the pandemic last year with a successful 2020 campaign that raised $120,000 for the garden. This funding allowed us to pivot our community engagement and remain resilient during a difficult time.

During the past year, this funding allowed us to make important enhancements to the garden with the support of our hard-working volunteers including:

  • Revitalizing the native meadow area and adding a seasonal, temporary “Three Sisters” crop of corn, beans, and squash. 

  • Completing new educational signage about the garden and its inhabitants.

  • Creating new pathways and Hugelkultur mounds.

  • Updating our irrigation system in the Olive Allée.

  • Commissioning a gorgeous new welcome gate!

  • Replanting the formal entrance to the garden on Arlington Drive.

Revitalizing the native meadow area and adding a “Three Sisters” crop.

Updating our irrigation system in the Olive Allée.

Completing new educational signage about the garden and its inhabitants.

Commissioning a gorgeous new welcome gate!

Creating new pathways and Hugelkultur mounds.

Replanting the formal entrance to the garden on Arlington Drive.

Healthy gardens are not static but rather living things. And gardening is as much a matter of growth and renewal as it is a process of trimming and control. Reaching our $16,000 goal will help the garden flourish by expanding our current improvement projects: we hope to install a new urgently-needed irrigation system in the Orange Grove, add additional educational signage, and increase our tree care budget. And it will help us reach beyond the garden, with brand new educational outreach and programming, such as a garden guide designed for PUSD for all local 5th graders!

Arlington Garden is not a municipal park. Our single largest source of revenue is donations from individuals like you who appreciate our work as a free habitat garden inspiring a healthier tomorrow. Please help us continue to serve as a model for this future urban landscape by giving to our Campaign. Your donation will fund ongoing improvements to the garden and inspire post-pandemic dreams during our Sweet Sixteen year!

The gardens were where my husband and I took our engagement photos two years ago (we just celebrated our 2nd anniversary on the 14th) and we even ended up moving right up the street on Raymond Hill when we married. One of our favorite Saturday morning activities was to walk down to the gardens and take in all its lush offerings – regardless of the season. We have since moved to another area in Pasadena but cherish Arlington Garden for the nature, peace, and serenity it brings to the community and the beauty it brought our first two years of marriage. It is spaces like Arlington that make South Pasadena such a treasure. Thank you for all that you do! 

—Cleo de la Torre
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