Since 1988, the Arboretum has been an official part of Pitzer College. The operating commonality among the Arboretum gardens, spread throughout the campus, is that drought-tolerant and native landscaping can produce not only a beautiful and welcoming, but environmentally responsible setting for a college located in the San Gabriel alluvial scrub country of Southern California.
Find the origins of arboretum on the northeast corner of campus, adjacent to the Brant Clock Tower and surrounding The Grove House.
Featured in Westways, this “secret garden” was originally designed as a European medieval-style cloister garden and is a favorite destination on the Scripps campus. There are olive and orange trees and interior arcades, one of which is covered by an enormous wisteria vine. On one wall, you’ll find a fresco painted in 1946 by Mexican muralist Alfredo Ramos Martinez.
California Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated exclusively to California native plants, displaying about 2,000 taxa of California plants spread across 86 acres, including plants native to the California Floristic Province as a whole – from southern Oregon to Baja California. In addition to being able to stroll the garden’s pretty pathways, visitors can walk among butterflies at the Butterfly Pavilion, May through August, and enjoy music and brews on select summer evenings.