Arlington Garden Sweet Orange Marmalade

Arlington Garden's 48 Washington Navel orange trees have become more than a colorful representation of Pasadena's past. In 2010, we decided to make orange marmalade from the orange crop.

The marmalade, made by E. Waldo Ward of Sierra Madre was a smash hit. We sold some 1,200 10 oz. jars in just 4 months, using word of mouth.

Each 10 oz. jar sells for $10. A case of 12 is $120 only $100. Get 2 jars for free. 

All the proceeds will go to the maintenance and care of Arlington Garden, so we all win.

Feel free to pay now using a credit card and arrange to pick up at Arlington Garden on Saturdays.


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Where else can you buy Arlington Garden Marmalade, you say? Well, here are a couple great places to pick up a jar or two:


Jones Coffee

693 South Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA


Bellefontaine Nursery

838 South Fair Oaks, Pasadena, CA



2651 Mission Street, San Marino, CA 91108


Happy Trails Catering

207 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105

Spreading the word, one jar of marmalade at a time.

By Janette Williams, Staff Writer

Posted: 03/19/2010 10:26:20 PM PDT

PASADENA - When life hands you 200 pounds of navel oranges, you make marmalade.

Or maybe, like Betty and Charles McKenney, you haul this year's citrus crop at Arlington Garden to jam-and-jelly-meisters E. Waldo Ward & Son Inc. in Sierra Madre, and get them to make it.

Now, as part of the fifth anniversary celebration coming up May 8, the McKenneys are selling 1,306 of the 10-ounce, custom-labelled jars for $10 each to raise funds for the garden they started in 2005.

The couple has transformed 3acres of Caltrans wasteland, but they say there's more to do.

"We really want to finish the master plan, with the fountain, and an arbor with benches," Betty McKenney said. "We're just getting the numbers together, but the fountain will be around $4,000."

For five years the McKenneys and a small roster of regular volunteers have donated uncounted hours to the garden, raising about half the annual $45,000 maintenance budget through donations. The rest comes from the Pasadena Department of Water and Power, which uses the garden, designed by Mayita Dinos, as a demonstration of how spectacular drought-tolerant and native plants can look in any garden, with minimal irrigation.

The volunteers often include groups of students from such nearby schools as Waverly and Westridge, and Daisy Girl Scout Troop 15441 from South Pasadena who picked the orange crop from the shrub-size young trees.

The McKenneys, who keep a close eye on things from their neighboring townhouse, said sometimes people aren't sure what to make of the garden, or even if it's public.

There are little tables and Adirondack chairs scattered around in the shade, even an open area where sometimes people play bocce and a small amphitheater area.

But it's emphatically a garden, not a park, the couple said.

People are mostly respectful, there's no graffiti and minimal theft, they said - although they prefer people to ask before loading up with bags of oranges.

To Jennifer Sheridan, who regularly brings her two rescue greyhounds by to rest after a walk, it's an oasis.

"It's a really special, tranquil area, and I love the natural aspect," the Highland Park resident said. "I used to drive by all the time and never thought of stopping - now I'm mesmerized."

Taking stock after five years, the couple likes how their garden has grown.

"I don't think we'd do anything much different," Betty McKenney said.

Looking around the spring-blooming garden, she recalled the early days when she scattered wildflower seeds around and accepted donations of plants to get things started.

"My way was to put a bunch of trees in," Charles McKenney said, laughing. "We were worried - if this didn't take off and go, at least there would be trees ... I think we exceeded everyone's expectations, including our own."

Arlington Garden is at 295 Arlington Drive. For more information, or call 626-441-4478 for information and to order marmalade.