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CARMELITA GARDENS

Carmelita: The Birth of the Norton Simon

Flowers Year Round

New Years 1930 (see pages 16, 45, 50 & 94).

The Birth of Bush Gardens

Busch gardens 1933

Busch gardens opened to the public in 1906.

City of Gardens questing for a better way brought the scientific study of botany and horticulture into the exotic gardens of this once barren land.

In stark contrast to Eastern cities settled by clearing trees, Southern California was relatively barren before being settled. With key exceptions, such as the seasonal Arroyo Seco or the occasional ancient oak or sycamore tree, there was little water, and consequently few trees or vegetation. In 1865, Benjamin Eaton designed a way of collecting water from the Arroyo Seco at a narrowing called Devil’s Gate after having created a water system for Los Angeles. With water now available in Pasadena as well, the land was sold to a group of Indiana settlers in 1874 who planted citrus orchards and elaborate gardens in the 1880s. The Enlightenment’s notion of “tending one’s own garden” and The “Horticultural Court” (below) at the

“My City” Exhibit of 1916 in support of a Horticultural Hall in the new Civic Center.

(Though Benjamin Eaton’s son Fred is long credited with masterminding the 1913 Owens Valley to LA Aqueduct, the idea may have been the work of his father.)

The Batchelder Fountain (above) at

In Pasadena’s temperate climate, the garden proved an idyllic outdoor living room for social gatherings. With 90 varieties of trees, Carmelita Gardens was both Pasadena’s first great garden and a famed cultural nexus (p. 16, 45, & 50). In 1924, the last 13 acres were acquired for a park, museum and school of art and design, now known as the Norton Simon Museum.

the Horticultural Court of the “My City” Exhibit was also featured in the brochure of its host, Pasadena’s Board of Trade. See also pages 36, 39, 46, 65, 67.

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CONTENTS

PREFACE

INTRO

MY CITY 1916

MAIN ST.

TODAY

LESSONS

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