Spiked Fridays in the Grove of Thorns

 

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Friday Nights in March, 5:30 pm - 8 pm in the Grove of Thorns 

Spiked plants make fabulous spiked drinks - get even with the plants that cause you pain and enjoy wicked cocktails made with spiny botanicals. Sip away in the Grove of Thorns, an installation of gigantic spines, prickles and thorns - brilliantly lit on these magical evenings. The menu will include four dangerously delicious cocktails - representing the four epic houses of the Game of Thorns: Rosa, Agave, Cactaceae and Legume. Live music, unbeatable ambiance and spiked drinks will make these Friday nights too good to miss. 

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$15 per person (includes 1 cocktail or beverage). Must be 21+ to attend.

Additional cocktails are $8 each. Beer and wine are $4 per glass. 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Bird Festival - February 18

 

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February 18, 2018, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Included with Garden admission

An educational celebration of all kinds of birds, this annual event highlights the behaviors and physical traits that enable them to survive and thrive. Birdwatchers of all ages can flock to the Garden for a day filled with activities and information for both beginners and enthusiasts.

The Family Bird Fest features knowledgeable birding exhibitors including members of Pomona Valley Audubon Society and Wild Wings of California with live raptors. There will also be bird life displays, child-friendly crafts, and drop-in family activities. Visitors can help with the “Great Backyard Bird Count,” an international citizen-science project. The annual event engages people globally in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are throughout the world.

Coopers HawkRancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden provides an ideal setting to spot birds that live here or migrate to the region for warmer winter living. Step softly to see them nestled amid ceanothus blossoms or high above in a cottonwood branch. 

This year's Bird Fest welcomes new participating organizations, Friends of the California Condors Wild and Free and International Bird Rescue.

The 2018 Family Bird Festival is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited Claremont and the Pomona Valley Audubon Society

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Grove of Thorns

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Game of Thorns: Grove of Thorns

Now through August 2018

Discover the weaponry of California native plants on massive scales in the Grove of Thorns! Part of the Game of Thorns exhibition, these giant crystalline thorns reveal the anatomy and eerie beauty of thorns, spines and prickles from battle-ready plants. Visit this surreal grove, free with general admission, now through August 2018. We thank our sponsors and community of Kickstarter backers that made this epic exhibition possible.

Game of Thorns, an outdoor exhibition at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, focuses on the art and armaments of botanical warfare. Over millions of years, endless duels between California native plants and their predators have given rise to the incredible thorns we see today. The exhibition features these living fortresses and showcases their weaponry through large-scale macro and microscope photography, gigantic sculptures, immersive exhibits and more. 

 

Exhibition Sponsors: 

Linda and Paul Des Marais

Braeger Construction Inc.

Gagnier Margossian LLP

Historic Inns of Twentynine Palms: 29 Palms Inn | Campbell House

Randall and Janell Lewis at Casa Rosa

Northern Trust

Yvonne Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Game of Thorns: The Art & Armaments of Botanical Warfare

November 12, 2017 through Fall 2018

Game of Thorns, an outdoor exhibition at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, focuses on the art and armaments of botanical warfare. Over millions of years, endless duels between California native plants and their predators have given rise to the incredible thorns we see today. The exhibition features these living fortresses and showcases their weaponry through large-scale macro and microscope photography, gigantic sculptures, immersive exhibits and more. 

Game of Thorns

When it comes to war, plants don’t retreat. Rooted to the ground like castles of old, plants have evolved an array of armaments to defend against their mortal enemies. This floral arms race has produced a stockpile of protrusions, from spines as sharp as samurai swords to insidious barbs that resemble  whaling harpoons. Perhaps all of us have experienced the unexpected wrath of a plant’s thorns, spines, needles, prickles or barbs. With anatomical names as diverse as the pained noises they can cause, plants have independently evolved these protrusions many times over. Barbed, hooked, serrated and envenomed, microscopic or massive, warningly poised in vivid color or stealthily hidden, the arsenal and qualities of botanical weapons are limitless.

Indeed, the botanical battlefield is a Game of Thorns.

 

The exhibition is open to the public daily, 8 am - 5 pm, in the Container Garden.  Admission to the exhibition is included with standard admission or membership.

Exhibition Sponsors: 

Linda and Paul Des Marais

Gagnier Margossian LLP

Historic Inns of Twentynine Palms: 29 Palms Inn | Campbell House

Randall and Janell Lewis at Casa Rosa

Northern Trust

Yvonne Wilson