Fullerton Arboretum Blog

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   Feb 25

Fullerton Arboretum Titum Arum: Growth & Blooming

Nursery Manager Brian Maddock discusses the Titum Arum’s growth and signs that it is ready to bloom.

Here are the spadex measurements for Amorphophallus titanum:

Friday 2-20-2015 at 1:15 PM: 35.5"

Sunday 2-22- 2015 at 9:30 AM: 41"

Monday 2-23-2015 at 8:00 AM: 44.5"

Tuesday 2-24-2015 at 8:00 AM: 48.5"

Wednesday 2-25-2015 at 8:00 AM: 52"

The Titan Arum has grown 1″ in 8 hrs, but it does seem to be slowing down. This indicates that it will bloom very soon!

Thursday 2-26-2015 at 8:00 AM: 52.75"

The Titan Arum has grown only 3/4" since yesterday at 4pm. The spade has begun to unfurl and the spadex has been slowing down in growth: it grew 1 3/4" in a 24 hr period.

It has varied between 3-4 inches a day since 2-20-2015.

When do you think it will bloom?

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   Feb 24

Titan Arum Ready to Bloom at the Fullerton Arboretum



The flower is growing much slower vertically, a sign that it may be beginning to bloom.  The flower has been removed from our greenhouse and is now in the Orange County Agriculture and Nikkei Heritage Museum at Fullerton Arboretum and will be on public display beginning at

8:00 a.m. Friday morning the 27th

Fullerton Arboretum last had an Amorphophallus titanum (Titan Arum) bloom in 2006.

Titan Arum

Nursery Manager, Brian Maddock, assures us the Titan Arum is preparing to bloom!!

At that time pollen was collected from that plant.  At about the same time, San Diego Botanical Garden had a Titan Arum blooming as well.  A team from CSUF (Ed Reed, Chris Barnhill and Greg Dyment) took the pollen from the Fullerton Arboretum plant and drove to San Diego to pollinate San Diego’s flower.  From that pollination effort came many seeds.  The flower that is about to bloom is a result from that pollination effort nearly nine years ago.


Check on the Titan Arum’s growth!

   Feb 24

Take More Memorable Photos

Take More Memorable Photos

Register Here!

How: Half-day Class on Nature Photography

When: Feb. 28, 2015, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Where: Fullerton Arboretum

Cost: $30 ($25 with Titan Card)

Register: Call the Arboretum, 657-278-3407

Content: Tips, tricks, techniques, workflow, strategy, concepts, and over 300 photos that show:

FundamentalsTake Better Pictures

-  How people see and why this matters.

-  3 steps to being lucky.

-  3 questions that determine everything you do.

How to Use Space - Why what goes where.

-  Managing backgrounds.

-  2 mistakes that ruin a photo.

-  The most important part of a wildlife photo. – How details improve (or ruin) photos.

How to Use Light

-  Dynamic range and why it matters.

-  6 ways to overcome challenging light situations.

-  When manual exposure matters.

-  When breaking the rules matters.

How to Use Time

-  How time affects photos.

-  How time changes your photography.

Bonus: Everything is practical, proven, and possible. Most ideas apply to any type of system, including homemade box cameras.

Who: Steve Kaye has been taking photos since

1965 (1955 if you include using a Brownie Hawkeye). As of Feb 21, he has taken 34,928 photos this year.

Although not related to photography, it’s worth noting that he has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and 20 years of experience working for major corporations. In 1992 he started a consulting business, which evolved into his current photo/speaking business. He is the author of a novel, four books on business, hundreds of articles, and five collections of poetry. Find more info at www.stevekaye.com or call Steve Kaye at 714-528-1300.

Register Here!

   Feb 17

Arboretum Art Class in the Daily Titan

CSUF student reporter, Heaven Ocampo, interviews Fullerton Arboretum Art instructor, Tania Marien.

Tania Marien Art Class


Register for an art class

Veiw the Daily Titan Article

   Feb 12

RSSM Elegant & Enchanting Garden Tour

RSSM Elegant & Enchanted Garden Tour

RSSM Elegant & Enchanting Garden Tour

RSSM Elegant & Enchanting Pictures (2)RSSM Elegant & Enchanting PicturesSaturday, May 9, 2015

10AM to 4PM

Hosted by the Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain

American Rose Society Affiliate


The Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain invites you to celebrate their 25th year as an American Rose Society Chapter Affiliate. Visit five of Orange County’s unique and exquisite gardens… a garden so beautiful it inspires a professional photographer and a blog, a European styled garden, a garden in a bowl looped by giant Redwoods, a garden featuring an incredible water garden oasis, and a garden delight created in a challenging space.RSSM Elegant & Enchanting Pictures 3

Come share the beauty! A Pre-Mother’s Day Event!

For more information and to purchase tickets please phone 949-837-2141 or visit RSSM’s website: http://www.rosesrosesroses.org/.

A portion of the tour proceeds sponsor Biological Science Scholarships at CSUF as well as horticulture internships at the Fullerton Arboretum.