Claremont City Tree

This one could be debated for a long time. Claremont has been a Tree City USA for over 30 years and has over 23,000 trees. Two species, the American Elm and the Eucalyptus are historic specimens.

But because both of those species were transplanted into southern California, I think that one of our native trees should be our city tree, and I submit my vote for the Live Oak Tree. These huge trees are all over the city and in the hills. Here is one in the RSABG and a little grove on the Claremont Wilderness Trail.


The leaves are small, curved and very spiky. It’s not so much fun to walk barefoot under one of these trees.



Trees and Art: It’s Gotta Be Claremont

In our city of Trees and PhDs we have a vibrant art community. Last month art and trees intersected in several events.

The newest exhibit at RSABG features art inspired by Johnson’s Pasture, painted by Kendall Johnson, great-grandson of the people who originally purchased the land in the foothills above Claremont. Ken spoke at the opening reception on July 21.



Earlier in the month on July 17, Sustainable Claremont along with Claremont Heritage hosted a panel of artists at the Claremont Museum of Art to discuss the intersection of art and trees. The Tree Speak exhibit is now over and the current exhibit is Dee Marcellus Cole and Carnival Seekers – open until November 26, 2017.



Once the land grant office, currently a gourmet street taco place, Petiscos is a great little spot to have some fish tacos and other deliciousness.

Petiscos sign

Order at the window of the little teal building

Petiscos Menu

then head back into the quiet yard and choose a picnic table.

Pick up your food and enjoy! The tacos are tasty, but our very favorite was the street corn cup (in the middle). Tacos used to run between $4-7, but now all are $3 each.

Petiscos Food