Midnight Magic BHK

Sunday, January 21
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$25 Public | $20 Members

MEDICINAL PLANTS OF CALIFORNIA HERB WALK

Join experienced herbalist William Broen for an interactive garden walk and presentation featuring medicinal and edible plants native to California. Participants will learn both traditional and modern plant uses of approximately 30 species, as well as relevant folklore.

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class kumeyyay

Saturday, January 27
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$5 Public | $5 Members

KUMEYAAY ETHNOBOTANY: SHARED HERITAGE OF THE CALIFORNIANS - TALK WTH AUTHOR MICHAEL WILKIN-ROBINSON

For thousands of years, the Kumeyaay people of northern Baja California and southern California made their homes in the diverse landscapes of the region,

interacting with native plants and continuously refining their botanical knowledge. Today, many Kumeyaay Indians in the far-flung ranches of Baja California carry on the traditional knowledge and skills for transforming native plants into food, medicine, arts, tools, regalia, construction materials, and ceremonial items.


Kumeyaay Ethnobotany explores the remarkable interdependence between native peoples and native plants of the Californias through in-depth descriptions of 47 native plants and their uses, lively narratives, and hundreds
of vivid photographs. It connects the archaeological and historical record with living cultures and native plant specialists who share their ever-relevant wisdom for future generations.

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Midnight Magic BHK

Sunday, February 4
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$25 Public | $20 Members

MEDICINAL PLANTS OF CALIFORNIA HERB WALK

Join experienced herbalist William Broen for an interactive garden walk and presentation featuring medicinal and edible plants native to California. Participants will learn both traditional and modern plant uses of approximately 30 species, as well as relevant folklore.

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class Stacey

Saturday, February 10
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$45 Public | $40 Members

BIRDING & DRAWING TO PATHWAYS OF OBSERVATION

Join us for a day at the garden exploring the connections between drawing and birding and learning how both activities can enhance your observation skills. We will demystify the drawing process and reframe it as just another tool for engaging with the world around us. We’ll also examine how bird-watching can be a great entry-point to understanding ecology and conservation. With the garden as our classroom, we will have ample opportunity to stretch our legs and skills through a series of outdoor drawing activities. All skill levels (of drawing and bird identification) are welcome, and we encourage participants to bring their curiosity and a willingness to try something new. Drawing supplies and binoculars will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own as well.

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class nature art

Saturday, March 10
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

$25 Public | $20 Members

ORGANIC ART

Artist and naturalist Sama Wareh will introduce you to the work of famous artist Andy Goldsworthy, after which you will enjoy a hike through Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden to learn how to use natural organic materials in building amazing art pieces, sculptures and designs, how to photograph them and then leave them behind for nature to decompose. As Sama Wareh notes this is not only the art of creating but the art of letting go: the ultimate form of creativity and healing infused into one fantastic workshop!

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seed bomb

Saturday, March 18
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$45 Public | $40 Members

COLOR ALL AROUND: NATIVE DYES & THE PLANTS THAT MAKE THEM

Join artist and RSABG designer David Bryant in this hands-on workshop about the amazing colors that can be extracted from native dye plants. Materials will be provided, but you may want to bring your own wool, silk or other animal-fiber textiles to dye. 

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permafrost class

Saturday, March 24
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$5 Public | $5 Members

EPISODES IN THE HISTORY OF PERMAFROST

The thawing of permafrost under conditions of global warming has drawn attention to the fact that permafrost is not at all perma. Where did the idea of permafrost come from? Not many people are aware that the term is a translation of a Russian expression. Exploring the history of permafrost as an idea takes us into the history of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. In this intriguing talk environmental historian Pey-Yi Chu, PhD. will highlight episodes from this history, showing how ideas about a natural phenomenon were shaped by Russian colonization, Soviet industrialization, Marxist ideology, and the Cold War.

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