It's been four years since our family transported from Laredo, Texas to Southern California. The transition was definitely a tough one, leaving lifelong friendships and our 3rd home since we left Guam. Thankfully, our weekend adventures in California reveal incredible natural gems everywhere.
Maybe I'm easily impressed or maybe this place was just that magical. Or maybe I'm just appreciative of beautiful outdoor gardens.
Thanks to a good friend scrolling through her Facebook event feed, she discovered the magnificent Fullerton Arboretum. And YES, it's worthy of the word "magnificent".
We packed our snack bags, loaded up the kiddos and took off for adventure.
Scroll down for a visual sell 😃.
Let's start out with the basics, since I had to look it up 😬. Yes I feel like an idiot. Yes I'm embarrassed that it took me 36 years of my life to figure it out. I didn't even know how to pronounce the word "arboretum" until I hit the "learn to pronounce" button on Google.
An arboretum is a botanical garden devoted to trees.
If you live in Southern California and have a strong appreciation or need to feel the awesomeness of nature, this is the place! 26 acres of botanical garden awesomeness with plants from all over the world. A whole range of all sorts of plants.
The arboretum is located on the northeast corner of the California State University, Fullerton campus in Fullerton, California.
Find the garden's interactive map here.
My absolute favorite part - their mission is to cultivate a sustainable future.
Who doesn't love that!??!
1900 Associated Rd
Fullerton, CA 92831
There are so many reasons to visit this well-kept paradise.
The Fullerton Arboretum is open everyday, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
A $5 minimum donation is suggested. All contributions are gratefully accepted to help support the maintenance and growth/development of the Arboretum. Memberships are also available.
IT'S FREE, with a small $5 donation suggested.
There are gardens and YOU can help the arboretum by donating by purchasing fruit, vegetables and succulents!
Here we are showcasing our splurge for the day.
There are huge, beautiful trees all over the garden and a wide range of different plants from all over the world. Pakistan Mulberry, New Zealand Schefflera, Tsu Li Asian Pear and Torrey Pine are only a few different types of trees and plants that this garden has to share with the world.
The pond is filled with turtles ranging in so many sizes and ducks co-living with them.
Learning opportunity 💡: Turtle in Chamorro is Haggan.
Succulents and all sorts of plants directly from the botanical garden for sale.
A bamboo tree oasis. A stream of water flowing through. An incredible tactile experience. Sensory overload.
The arboretum's values are very simple.
-Education and research
Their vision is to have an urban oasis of a botanical collection serving as a resource for research, education and the region’s agricultural heritage that draws the community, including students and faculty, to become inspired to support its mission.
I spy my transitioning tween pretending he's not enjoying himself 😂😂😂.
Hope I sold you on why every one should visit the beautiful Fullerton Arboretum.
Our children gain so much when indulging in Mother Earth and all her beauty. I promise you it's worth it!
Cheers to more discoveries, wherever you are. You never know when you'll come across a gem.
🌸Your Adventure Mom,
P.S. Here's my attempt at being an influencer.