Prickles Spines and Thorns class

Saturday, February 24
10:00 am - 11:00 am

$15 Public | $10 Members

PRICKLES, SPINES & THORNS, OH MY!

You may not care what botanical structure is inch-deep in your leg during the heat of the moment, but in this pain-free workshop, you'll learn all about the origins, functions and distinct structures of battle-ready plants! This workshop with Cactaceae expert Mark Porter, PhD, will include an interactive tour of the Game of Thorns exhibition and a discussion on the prickly, thorny and spiny plants that make our world painfully fun. 

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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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class herb walk

Sunday, March 25
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$30 Public | $25 Members

MEDICINAL PLANTS OF CALIFORNIA HERB WALK

Join herbalist William Broen for a garden walk and presentation featuring medicinal and edible plants native to California.

Please bring comfortable walking shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, plenty of drinking water, an energizing sack lunch or snack, and if you would like a camera and items to take notes with.

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Rules of the Game class

Saturday, March 31
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

$20 Public | $15 Members

RULES OF THE GAME (OF THORNS): How plants defend themselves and fight back!

Just think of it: You're a plant, rooted to the ground, and some hungry animal is headed your way. How do plants "know" when they are under attack, and how do they protect themselves?

In this workshop, Loraine Washburn, PhD, RSABG Laboratory Manager and Conservation Botanist, (and interpreter of the Game of Thorns exhibit), will introduce you to the many ways that plants defend themselves in the face of threats from all kingdoms of life: insects, mammals, fungi, and other plants.

With a special focus on the defenses featured in the Game of Thorns exhibit, this experiential and interactive workshop will invite you to closely examine and contemplate plants both as prey and as defensive living organisms. We will focus first on plants in the exhibit, and then also walk in the Garden to gain appreciation of the many evolutionary pathways that have allowed California native species to defend themselves from their enemies.

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keir

Saturday, April 21
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

$25 Public | $20 Members

THE PLANT LOVER'S INTRO TO PHOTOGRAPHY

Plants come in such a diversity of intriguing patterns and colors! But it can be a challenge to photograph them and preserve that moment of 'awe!' Or for the biologist and naturalist, that discovery moment of 'aha!' If you too are struggling with making the most out of your camera as you explore the natural world around you, then join botanist and photographer Keir Morse for an introduction to digital photography with special emphasis on how to photograph plants! After a short talk to give you the foundational skills of photography, Keir Morse will lead you out into the winding paths of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden to try out some of these techniques with the native flora we grow and preserve here! Don't forget your camera!

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