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Queen Anne Cottage (You’ll know it when you see it)

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When I was but a boy, I wanted to be a history teacher. Then I learned how to spell anesthesiologist and wanted to be an anesthesiologist. Then I found out that becoming an anesthesiologist would require college, medical school, and an internship. By the time I was 30, I might be an anesthesiologist. For a boy of 11, 30 was way too old. I was back to wanting to be a history teacher. Never made it, but I still love history.

So when I went to the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, I fell in love with the Queen Anne Cottage. Many people will know it when they see it because of its use in many television shows and the movies.

Queen Anne Cottage

Queen Anne Cottage

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Queen Anne Cottage

Queen Anne Cottage

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The Queen Anne Cottage and Coach Barn is a California Historical Landmark and is also on the National Register of Historic Places for its significance as an example of Queen Anne Style architecture.

It was built in 1885-1886 for Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin and his fourth wife, Lillie Bennett, daughter of Albert Bennett, the Cottage’s architect. When Baldwin died in 1909, his daughter Anita closed the Cottage and disposed of its furnishings. Many architectural elements, such as stained glass windows, black walnut doors, and marble fireplace mantels were stored in the coach barn.

Coach Barn at Queen Anne Cottage at the Los Angeles County Arboretum

Coach Barn

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The cottage and coach barn were restored from 1951 to 1953. Isn’t that a beautiful barn?

The Cottage has been used for many television shows and films. Arguably the most famous use was for the opening of “Fantasy Island” where Tattoo can be seen ringing the bell in the cottage’s tower and Mr. Roarke is seen exiting from the cottage. The cottage is also prominent in “Murder, She Wrote” and “Roots: The Next Generation.”

Outside of the Queen Anne Cottage, the Arboretum has played host to several “Tarzan” movies, two “Jurassic Park” movies, “Objective, Burma!”, and “The New Original Wonder Woman, ” and I’m only listing the movies I know!

Music videos have also been filmed here, including Katy Perry’s music video for “Roar.”

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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The arboretum is reported to be haunted, particularly the Queen Anne Cottage. Sightings have been reported of Lucky Baldwin’s ghost, one of his wives’ ghost,  and strange anomalies walking the gardens at night.

Following is a selection of pictures from the Arboretum & Botanical Garden. For more pictures, see my previous posts:

Gone to the birds
Friday Flower Fiesta (6-14-12)
They’re everywhere!
I’m an abject failure
Friday Flower Fiesta (6-28-12)

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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The Queen Anne Cottage dog houseLos Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

I’m an abject failure

My wise old grandmother

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When I was just a youth of 11, my wise old grandmother forced me to work in the yard. Today it might be called child labor…. :). We had a big yard. In order to provide us privacy in a city subdivision, our yard was bordered by ligustrum in the back and oleanders in the front and on the sides. I was the one that kept the oleanders and ligustrum trim and neat, looking nice, but that might be the reason why I have never had ligustrum or oleanders around my homes…. 🙂

Morning gloryOn the back patio and in the foundation planters she had poinsettias, crowns of thorns, nandinas, pansies, snapdragons, petunias, and morning glories, all with billions and billions and billions of beautiful flowers. Of course, I never got to help with the beautiful plants, just the ligustrum and those nasty oleanders. Note that all parts of the oleander are toxic, and the sticky sap can play havoc with your skin, causing a pretty good rash if you’re sensitive or allergic (like me!).

One day I asked my wise old grandmother if I could have a garden of my own. I never expected her to say yes, but she gave me a pretty good-sized plot of her yard for my garden. Unfortunately, it was the only spot in the yard where nothing would grow. It was sunny and hot, and the hot air from the air conditioner blew there.

Golden Barrel Cactus flowersHa! I fooled her! A friend and I went down to Mexico (with his parents; we were too young to go by ourselves) and bought a bunch of cactus and succulents. We planted them in my garden, and just a few months later I had beautiful cactus and succulent flowers.

That’s where my dislike of ligustrum and oleanders came from, and where my love of cactus and succulents started. In fact, that’s where my love of plants started, and I’ve developed my gardening skills such that I have only failed at growing vegetables and herbs…………

………….and bonsai.

How I love bonsai, but as many times as I have tried to grow and care for bonsai, I’m an abject failure there. Thus I always enjoy getting out & about and finding a beautiful bonsai collection. There is a permanent display at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the Bonsai Pavilion, and there is a four-week display each summer at the San Diego County Fair.

Recently when I was up at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden, I found another display, albeit just a weekend display for a bonsai show they were having. Following are some pictures from the show. My favorites are the little forests and the wind-swept pines.

Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Best in ShowBonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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21st Century AwardBonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Bonsai at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Friday Flower Fiesta from the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Friday Flower Fiesta

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Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta comes to you from the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, which is where Jim and I spent our 19th anniversary.

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Ooops. That’s not a flower. That’s a squirrel! Well, he was the official greeter at the entrance to the Arboretum, so I’ll let him greet you to our Friday Flower Fiesta today!

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

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Ooops.

That last one isn’t a flower, either.

That’s Zoey the Cool Cat.

Look at the expression on her face.

She is pretty upset that we were gone for sixteen hours, leaving her all alone except for that strange lady who came by to give her food and water.

I tried to get her interested in that squirrel above but she’s having none of that until I explain my absence……..

I’m Zoey the Cool Cat,
and I do not approve this post.

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Baby Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

They’re everywhere! They’re everywhere!

Out & About

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As much as I love going to the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, and SeaWorld, there’s still nothing like seeing wildlife in the wild. Except I’m pretty sure that I would not want to see a mountain lion mommy and her little one while I was out hiking by myself. Nonetheless……….

I remember when I stumbled upon my first Canada Goose here in San Diego in 1996. I thought the poor thing had a serious deficiency in its map-reading skills (GPS wasn’t on the scene yet). Thirteen years later and I know that the Canada Goose is resident in all the lower 48 States as well as Canada.

In the 38 years I lived in Texas, I never saw a Canada Goose in the wild, yet the whole state is covered with “I live here in the Winter” blue in my National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America. San Diego is covered in the same winter blue, but I can tell you that there are many Canada Geese that live here year round, such as the two in the following flash video. They have been here for several years, rain or shine, hot or cold, winter or summer:

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I suspect the same is true up in the Los Angeles area. It definitely is not winter in L.A. yet when I was at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia a few days ago for my 19th anniversary, the only bird more prevalent than the peacock was the Canada Goose.

Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

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Baby Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

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Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

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Following are three flash videos of the Canada Geese at the L.A. Arboretum, including two little babies with mommy and daddy.

Remember that birds don’t have nationalities, so the plural of Canada Goose is Canada Geese, not Canadian Geese.

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