Arlington Garden Pasadena Annual Donor Drive

Celebrating 15 years of Arlington Garden!

Arlington Garden urgently needs your help to keep the garden open as a place of refuge and community connection during this challenging time. 

Our Story

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the McKenney Family Arlington Garden. It is hard to imagine that in 2005, this space now teeming with plant life instead housed storage crates for highway construction. But, instead of a highway, Betty and Kicker McKenney and our community built a beautiful garden. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has forced us to pause most of our anniversary plans. Yet we have remained open since the start of the pandemic as a sanctuary in an uncertain world, and we hope that this can still be a year of growth and celebration.

How You Can Help

We cannot do this without you. Since COVID-19, we have lost most of our earned income from permits and reservations, and we have been working with reduced volunteer support. Your contribution will help us to cover the cost of maintaining the garden, keep it free and open to the public, and expand our free digital community programs.

Thank you for your support. Without a doubt, Arlington Garden is only possible because of the generosity of so many in the last 15 years, and we thank you for helping us weather this storm together.

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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