By: Joyce Fitzpatrick

The Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia is renowned for its world-class botanical garden, and for providing exceptional environmental and educational stewardship classes and experiences to its visitors. 

This experience continues with the return of the Forces of Nature II exhibit. This one-of-a-kind art show and sale will be on display inside Ayres Hall through Sunday, Dec. 10. The exhibit features incredible works-of-art from more than 100 artists and artisans who used wood from trees lost to the drought, time and disease for their creations.

This continued effort of sustainability began in 2012 with the first exhibit of Forces of Nature, which used wood that was salvaged from 235 lost trees during the windstorm of 2011. The exhibit is being curated by Leigh Adams, Artist in Residence, and Interpretive Horticulturist for the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., in Arcadia.

Tickets are $20 for Arboretum members, and $25 for non-members.

Exhibit hours are:

Thursday & Friday, Dec. 7 & 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 9 & 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Entrance to the exhibit is $20 for members; $25 non-members.   For a list of participating artists, show dates and times and to purchase tickets, please visit: for more information. Proceeds from the art sold will benefit the Arboretum Tree Fund to plant the next generation of trees, and to maintain the Arboretum collections for future generations.