Member and Donor Events

Throughout the year, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden hosts events for Garden members and donors. Read how you can upgrade your membership today. Check out RSABG upcoming events on the left menu of this page.

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Recent events


September 23, 2012 - Wild Times!

RSABG’s exclusive event for Gold Card members and donors to The Garden Fund 2011-2012 – Wild Times! featured the Dixieland sounds of the Night Blooming Jazzmen. Light refreshments helped cool-off visitors on a sunny September afternoon. Thank you to all of our Gold Card Members and to supporters of The Garden Fund 2011-2012. Hope to see you at next year’s event!

Check out a selection of photos on the RSABG Facebook page.

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May 6, 2012 - Garden with a View—A Great Success!

More than 200 friends and supporters of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden gathered to celebrate at Garden with A View on Sunday, May 6. The proceeds from this year’s well-attended event will benefit RSABG’s research, horticulture and education programs. The 2012 Garden with a View honoree was Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich who was recognized for his important work on behalf of open space, trails, green technology, water conservation and clean air. Guests enjoyed an afternoon of good friends, food, live music and a view of the Big Bugs exhibit. The afternoon got underway with the opportunity for guests to bid on more than 100 silent auction items including jewelry, specialty baskets, trips, art work and more, all donated by the RSABG community and local vendors. Thomas “Tim” Brayton, chairman of the RSABG Board of Overseers served as auctioneer for a spirited live auction featuring one-of-a-kind experiences, art and a live oak tree. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden extends thanks to our sponsors, underwriters and auction donors who helped to make this event such a huge success. We also extend a warm and grateful thank you to our Garden with A View committee chair, Marcia LaCour-Little, the committee members and all the volunteers involved.

A slideshow of Garden with a View 2012 memories.
Thank you to all our guests and donors.



April 20, 2012 - Gold Card Springtime Sunset Social

Gold Card members enjoyed a special opportunity to experience Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden after-hours at the Springtime Sunset Social. Guests enjoyed walking tours led by research associates and volunteers. During the twilight reception which was held in the California Container Garden, RSABG Executive Director Patrick Larkin accepted a special presentation of the 2011 Recovery Champion Award to Ranch Santa Ana Botanic Garden from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region. Members of the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC), a consortium of 36 botanic gardens or plant conservation organizations dedicated to saving plants from extinction in the U.S. who were holding their national meeting at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden April 18-21 also joined the festivities. The four-day conference brings together conservation professionals from across the U.S. for workshops and presentations to help conserve rare or endangered flora.



January 19, 2012 - Private tour of "The House that Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley 1945 - 1985"

Members of RSABG’s Director’s Circle, Boards of Trustees and Overseers, their special guests and the Board of the American Public Gardens Association enjoyed an evening together at The Huntington Library. Curator Hal Nelson led a fascinating private tour of the exhibition “The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley 1945-1985.” Over dinner, Beverly Maloof, former Overseer, delighted guests with her personal anecdotes about Sam’s long and creative life. See a slide show of event photos on our Facebook page.



December 8, 2011 - "Season of Light, Season of Giving"



A special experience in the Garden by candlelight along a section of trail specially selected for evening viewing. Seasonal acoustic music, hot cider and cookies will be provided to add the finishing touch to this special holiday walk. The evening culminated with reflections on the symbolism of light during this joyous season. See a slide show of event photos on our Facebook page.





September 17, 2011 - "A Plant's Life: From Seed to Soil"

Gold Card Members enjoyed an afternoon tour of the Horticulture Complex and heard about native plant conservation and ongoing research from Susan Jett, associate director of horticulture and director of Grow Native Nurseries. Members then enjoyed light refreshments in Grow Native Nursery Claremont. For more information about Gold Card Member Events, or to find out how you may enjoy the benefits of Gold Card Membership, visit our membership webpage or call (909) 625-8767, ext. 221. See a slide show of event photos on our Facebook page.





May 1, 2011 - Garden with a View

Inland Empire civic leader and environmentalist Jane C. Block spoke about the importance of volunteering for environmental conservation. Since the early 1970s, Block has been one of Riverside’s most vigilant and effective community activists. Her projects in Riverside and San Bernardino counties range from conservation and ecology to basic needs and family services. The tranquil setting of the California Courtyard, surrounded by beautiful native wildflowers, was set for a elegant dinner, cocktails, music and a silent and live auction. Garden with a View is an annual fundraising reception, dinner and auction supporting RSABG’s research, horticulture and education programs. Past honorees have included Dr. Peter H. Raven, present emeritus Missouri Botanical Garden.


"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for a wonderful evening," wrote Michael Shea "The evening gala was fun, stylish and very elegant. The venue was stunning and the weather was perfect."

The Garden with a View is an annual fundraising event that benefits the Garden’s research, horticulture and education programs. Held among the best of California’s showy native wildflowers the event begins with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, followed by a three-course dinner, live auction and entertainment.