Over $30,000 raised at Arlington Garden’s Annual Fundraiser

Published on Oct 3, 2022

On a beautiful fall afternoon in the olive allee, around 175 people gathered for Arlington Garden’s annual fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 25. The event, billed ‘Autumn in the Garden,’ celebrated the garden’s 17th anniversary.

“We raised $32,000 this year,” Arlington Garden Executive Director Michelle Mathews said.

Funds raised during the event will help keep the garden free and open to the public. They will also help enable the garden to expand its programming and engagement with the community through innovative platforms, including new online activities for visiting families, and virtual guided tours for those unable to drop by in person.

From time to time, Arlington Garden also sponsors public information shows on TV, such as a monthly “Earth Share” show on IGTV; the program showcased the Garden’s horticultural experts as they shared their personal journeys and gardening tips.

The annual fundraiser started with a special VIP reception to honor Pasadena City Councilmember Steve Madison, businessman and philanthropist Bob Bozzani, and garden designer Mayita Dinos.

Steve Madison was involved in the founding of the garden,” Matthews said. “He worked very closely with Betty and Charles McKenney to help secure the land from Caltrans back in 2005 when the garden was founded. And then Mayita Dinos was the garden designer. She was an early adopter of sustainable gardening practices. And then Bob Bozzani has been a supporter of the garden.”

Those in attendance were treated to musical performances by Photay, Carlos Niño & Diego Gaeta, Barbarelle, and Frosty curated by Floating and dublab. 

Other special guests included State Senator Anthony Portantino, Assemblymember Chris Holden, City Manager Miguel Márquez, Assistant City Manager David Reyes, City Councilmembers Felicia Williams, Andy Wilson, the late John Kennedy’s representative Susana Porras, and Claire and Bill Bogaard.

PUSD Board of Education member Elizabeth Pomeroy also was in attendance, as was Leah Thomas, author of “The Intersectional Environmentalist.”

Matthews said some of the donations were provided by Amara Cafe, Agnes Cheesery, the Arlington Board of Directors, Bev Wine, Craftsman Beer, Solminer, Wenzlau, James Naish, Homage, Goldbug, Pasadena Symphony, and Patagonia Pasadena.

“Inspired by Jan Smithen’s book Sun-Drenched Gardens: The Mediterranean Style, Betty and Charles worked with designer Mayita Dinos to create a garden celebrating Southern California’s unique climate. The garden has since evolved to become a regenerative habitat garden, demonstrating how a landscape can be beautiful while increasing resilience to climate change.”

This month, on October 8, Arlington Garden plans to host a networking event organized by Innovate Pasadena on the topic, “Transformation of Place: Arlington Garden in Pasadena.” 

To learn more about Arlington Garden, visit www.arlingtongardenpasadena.org

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