November 15 and 16, 2014, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fall is a time of harvest and festivities for the people of Southern California. Acorns from the live oak (Quercus agrifolia) were traditionally an important and major food source. Native American dancers, singers, and tribal leaders join us to celebrate our connections with California native plants. There will also be an artisans' marketplace.
This event is free with Garden admission. Some activities require a small materials fee.
Special offer for teachers! Free admission to the Garden on November 15 and 16. Current teachers who present a valid California I.D and a school ID or copy of a paystub within the last 30 days. This offer is valid for teachers currently teaching grades K through 12 and does not extend to family members or guests. Many of the activities of Acorn Festival are closely aligned with the Native Partners program at RSABG (read more about Native Partners).
February 15, 2015, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free with Garden admission
Grab your binoculars for a fun day in the Garden learning about our feathered friends. 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, bird life displays and drop-in family activities, sponsored in part by Pomona Valley Audubon Society.
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.
Audubon, Cornell Lab and Bird Studies Canada take a snapshot of the whereabouts of many hundreds of bird species during the "Great Backyard Bird Count." In the past, participants identified 596 species and submitted more than 92,000 checklists, helping scientists track changes in the numbers and movements of birds from year to year. The Great Backyard Bird Count is a joint project of the Cornell Lab, Audubon and Bird Studies Canada. Visit www.birdcount.org to read a summary of the findings.
Rancho 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 lovely ceanothus blossoms or high above in a cottonwood branch.
See photos from our 2011 Family Bird Fest.
For more information, please call (909) 625-8767.
November 8, 2014-February 22, 2015
Presented by Claremont Museum of Art
Gallery open to the public daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Included with standard admission or membership. Claremont Museum of Art Members receive free Garden admission with proof of membership during the exhibit.
Over a lifetime of creating sculpture in many media, John Svenson's work in wood stands out and expresses his love for this living material. The exhibition John Svenson: For the Love of Wood begins with a one-day display at the Padua Hills Art Fiesta on November 2, then moves to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, opening November 8. John Edward Svenson's love of nature and mastery of his materials is evident throughout his large body of work, which ranges from small wood carvings to monumental public commissions. A native of the Pomona Valley, he studied art at Claremont Graduate School and worked for many years with sculptor Albert Stewart and artist/designer Millard Sheets. During his prolific career, Svenson produced over 23 sculptures for Home Savings and Loan banks and numerous public works in California and Alaska.
Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, November 14, 5-7 p.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Artist John Svenson will be honored at the opening reception of the exhibition John Svenson: For the Love of Wood. Admission to RSABG will be free for this event.
About the Artist
Over a lifetime of creating sculpture in many sizes and medium, John Edward Svenson has had a love affair with wood. "There is a direct connection to the material, one can observe the grain and understand the life of the tree. If I am lucky, I can express this life and create something of beauty" says Svenson. Understanding natural form through flora and fauna is at the core of his creations. John began working in wood as a child and never stopped. Unlike materials such as bronze, which require multiple processes, working in wood is time consuming but immediate. The act of carving wood is therapeutic and personal. John Svenson was born in Los Angeles in 1923 and grew up on a citrus grove in the Pomona Valley. After WWII, the GI Bill allowed him to attend Claremont Graduate School to study art at Scripps and Pomona College. For many years he worked with sculptor Albert Stewart and artist/designer Millard Sheets. During his prolific career, Svenson produced over 23 sculptures for Home Savings and Loan banks and many public works in California and Alaska. His sculpture and medallic work are held in numerous public and private collections in national and international locations. Teacher Albert Stewart and mentor Paul Manship nominated Svenson to the National Sculpture Society in 1966 and he advanced to "Fellow" in 1971.
Cross Sections of a Landscape - a photographic series
Detail shots of native flora transformed into images of otherworldly, macro landscapes. Right: Hora de Oro (Golden Hour of Light) archival pigment print.
Burgess comments, "Intellectually, my work is located at the intersection of art, botany and conservation biology with a focus on drought-tolerant California native flora. Although not overtly political, my work raises questions about habitat conservation and water as the new black gold. I am deeply involved in the California native plant movement."
Exhibition runs August 2 through November 2, 2014
Gallery open to the public daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission to the gallery is included with standard admission or membership. The gallery is located just east of the Gift Shop in the main administration building. Click here to download the artist's statement.
Selected images from the exhibition are below.
Vermilion, archival pigment print
Orange Puff, archival pigment print
Crystalline, archival pigment print