Things That Go Bump in the Night - October 14 and 15

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Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, 2016

5:30 until 9 p.m.

Purchase Tickets for Friday, October 14 Night Here

Purchase Tickets for Saturday, October 15 Here

Things that Go Bump in the Night is a fun evening family event to observe and learn about plants and animals that are most active at night. Visitors follow Garden paths with a passport to visit interactive stations exploring the nocturnal world and its amazing critters.

This year's highlights include:

Live Owls brought to us by Wild Wings of California - Please note Wild Wings of California will be onsite until 8 p.m. each event evening. 

The World Famous Spider Show -In this very entertaining comedic show, children of all ages learn about spider webs, spiders and how they capture their prey.

Live Wolves brought to us by Kimmi Kraus: Project Wildsong - Human and canine ambassadors of Project Wildsong dispel myths and misinformation about wolves and their behaviors by providing interpretation and education about the important role of wolves in the ecosystem.​

Food Trucks:

FRIDAY NIGHT: The Grilled Cheese Truck

SATURDAY NIGHT: Crepes Bonaparte

An activity passport will be issued as visitors check in, and can be stamped at each station. 

  • Please, no Halloween costumes. This is not a Halloween-themed event.
  • Bring a flashlight. Nighttime lighting at the Garden is limited. Please don’t be one of the things that go bump in the night—bring a flashlight for each visitor and follow the designated event paths.
  • Picnic dinners in the California Courtyard are welcomed.
  • Restrooms and gift shop. The California Garden Gift Shop and restrooms will remain open throughout the evening.
  • Gates will open from 5:30 until 7 p.m. The admission kiosk will be staffed until 9 p.m.  Call (909) 625-8767 ext. 224 for more information.

Ticket Pricing

Adults: $7
Seniors (ages 65 or older), Students (with ID) and Children (ages 3-12): $5
Children under 3 are Free
Adults: $10
Seniors (ages 65 or older), Students (with ID), and Children (ages 3-12): $6
Children under 3 are Free

Native Designs Wreath Sale


Celebrate the season, decorate for the holiday or add a special touch of warmth to your home with a Native Designs wreath!

Native Designs, a volunteer group at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden that creates floral arrangements using California native plants, have made a wonderful assortment of wreaths from grape vines harvested on site. These special wreaths will be for sale at the Fall Planting Festival on October 1st. 

Wreaths range in price from $15 - $40. All proceeds benefit RSABG programming.  

Fall Planting Festival

October 1, 2016, 10 am - 4:30 pmRSABG Fall Plant Sale 2015 14
Members only, 8 -10 am

The Fall Planting Festival at Grow Native Nursery will showcase thousands of California native and water efficient plants, many propagated from our own collections and not available anywhere else. Free lectures include "Ethnobotanical Uses of the Native Plants of California" by Nicholas Hummingbird from 11:30 am - 1 pm and "How to Water Your Plants for Drought-Tolerant Establishment" with Carlos Ruiz from 1:30 pm - 3 pm. Proceeds of the festival support Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden programs. Access to Grow Native Nursery is always free.

SATURDAY, October 1, The Fall Planting Festival features:

  • Enormous native plant selection (check back for the inventory list)
  • Seeds
  • Free lectures
  • Decorated grapevine wreaths, harvested from the Garden
  • Native plant experts table 
  • Bake sale
  • Free Garden admission

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden has been selling California native plants since 1978. Don’t miss this ideal opportunity to purchase hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind natives and to get your gardening questions answered by friendly, experienced botanic garden professionals and volunteers. 

RSABG Acorn Members may purchase plants a day early! 

A special "personal shopper" evening pre-sale with light refreshments on Friday, September 30, exclusively for Acorn members: stay tuned for your invitation, or become an Acorn member today!



On Location: California Native Plants in the Movies

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Did you know that some say Hollywood is named for the native toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), that covers the hills of the world's movie capital? In this exhibition where botany meets the box office, learn how California native plants have shaped movie culture, from Vertigo to Star Wars. 

At this special exhibition, discover film stills, posters and other memorabilia from over 30 titles that spotlight California's cast of native floral characters. This exhibit will be showcased in the Art Gallery and in the Garden. 

Art Gallery Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Garden Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free with standard admission or membership. 


Exclusive Opening Night for Members Only:

August 19, 5:00 - 7:00 pm