We went to the Fullerton Arboretum on Saturday, June 1. I was underwhelmed by this so-called "Hidden Gem of Orange County."
The FA is hidden. It is tucked into a small wooded corner in the city of Fullerton bound by Yorba Linda Blvd, the 57 Expressway, Cal State Fullerton (CSF) dorms, and the CSF athletic fields (see map). This location makes it a noisy spot. Indeed, we could hear and watch (through a rusty chain link fence) a baseball game going on at the CSF stadium and hear music being played over a public addess system somewhere.
The FA grounds are not as well groomed and manicured as one would expect from a botanical gardens-type place. Standing water filled ruts in the dirt path, stray plants blocked exhibit plants, and the two ponds, though filled with turtles, were not very clear and looked stagnate.
Some of the flowers more exposed to the sun were colorful.
However, trees forming canopies over some of the walking paths made photography (w/o a flash) difficult without adjusting camera settings.
|Figs Hidden Under Tree Canopy|
|ISO640/f13 Processed in Lightroom|
You can rent out a pavilion at the FA for weddings etc. One was being set up for as we left. A woman in high-heels and blotting her face from sweat (it was a warm day) was making her way up the path. When you are not protected under the tree canopies, it can be a real scorcher and if you are just dropping in, you wll probably not think to carry some water with you. Luckily, there are a lot of benches under the trees and you will see people laying or sitting on the benches, maybe grabbing a quick bite to eat (please carry in/carry out).
Would I go back? I might. It's free admission and parking, so the possibility of catching a good view of a hawk or some turtles can be worth the local diversion.