Originally I thought it a bit crazy to see another garden. And yet, given that we had another sunny day begging to be enjoyed, an arboretum seemed the right place to tour. Our Triple AAA Tour Book rated this a gem and, as they are always right, we headed for the LA Botanic Garden. It was easy to find the place once we realized that the Santa Anita Race Track was across the boulevard from the gardens- all we had to do was follow the signs to the race track! With the San Gabriel mountains as a backdrop these gardens are located in a beautiful natural setting, as you may notice in the picture below. We took this picture on a hill overlooking the gardens. The gardens are dotted with tall palm trees, some of which are located in the center of this picture.
We also saw many of the species of the Wattle tree, from Africa (found also in Australia and India). This is a member of the acacia family. And it was my favorite in the whole garden. Its flowers are like soft pom-poms and its leaves are quite delicate in appearance and also soft to touch. Its name seems all wrong, maybe in Swahili wattle means "mighty fine and pretty tree".