March 22, 2014, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free Admission for all this day as part of our Spring Open House.
Experience the scents, sights, and flavors at this new Garden event celebrating California native Salvias.
Check out sage-related vendors, try a sample of some sage-inspired culinary delights, enjoy a free workshop, listen to music and get sage advice (of course!)
RSABG Member only Sage Tea Reception at 10:30 am.
Enjoy sage tea and refreshments with welcome remarks by Executive Director Lucinda McDade followed by member exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the Garden. Be sure to visit the membership table for a special thank you gift for our members.
Check back often as we build this list of participants and activities.
20 Minute Workshops in the California Courtyard:
- 10:30 Sages for the Garden - Antonio Sanchez
- 11:30 Indigenous Californian uses of sage for medicine - Nicholas Hummingbird Hernandez
- 12:30 Sages for the Garden - Antonio Sanchez
- 1:30 Indigenous Californian uses of sage for medicine - Nicholas Hummingbird Hernandez
Sage activities, booths and confirmed participants in this year's inaugural Sage Festival include:
- Grow Native Nursery - take a sage home today!
- Pomona College Organic Farm (or on Facebook)
- Sustainable Claremont (or on Facebook)
- Golden State Water Company featuring water saving information, tips and giveaways.
- RSABG Native Designs Volunteers Booth - Make your own Sage Sachet ($2 suggested donation), buy fresh Market Bouquets and Sage Nests, pre-order Native Designs arrangements for Mother's Day, and more!
- Grow Native Nursery - - onsite at the Festival - - with many varieties of native sages to choose from!
- Sage Advice - (How could we NOT include this opportunity?)
- Try your luck on the Wheel of Sage!
- Padua Farms hand-made soaps and balms, infused with native sages and other herbs
- 'See the Sages Salvia Stroll' - Guided walking tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. highlighting Salvias along the way; leaving from the California Courtyard (Immediately following the 10:30 and 12:30 Sage presentations by Antonio Sanchez).
- Free Sage Scavenger Hunt
- Food Trucks: Peaches' Smokehouse and Southern Kitchen confirmed.
- Live music, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. performed by award-winning artist Steve Rushingwind - For more about Steve's musical projects, click here
31st Annual Claremont Folk Festival
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Tickets: On Sale March 16
General Admission: $40
VIP Tickets: $125
CLICK HERE to Purchase Event Tickets online (online ticketing through Brown Paper Tickets; nominal service charge may apply - Select 'Enter a Password or Discount Code' where indicated to enter your discount code if an RSABG member)
Tickets may also be purchased IN PERSON at the Folk Music Center in the Claremont Village.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is proud to welcome the Claremont Folk Festival back for its 31st exciting year of live music, an artists’ village, music and art workshops, great food and children’s entertainment. The Claremont Folk Festival is presented by the Folk Music Center and Museum, a Claremont nonprofit organization.
The Garden will be open only to event ticket holders on May 31. Festival attendees can visit the Butterfly Pavilion for the standard admission fee, $2 per visitor, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Gourmet food trucks, local microbreweries and area caterers will provide food and drinks. Local artists will be selling art, musical instruments and more.
This year's lineup includes, on the Pete Seeger Stage:
- Ben and Ellen Harper
- Dave Alvin and The Guilty Ones
- The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
- The Chapin Sisters
- The Coals
- Blue Highway
- On May 6 we will be announcing the addition of very special guests.
The Oak Tree Stage performers are:
- Peter Harper
- Phoebe Bridgers
- Rick Shea
- Old Brown Shoe
- Steve James
- Ross Altman.
New to the Festival will be Ohana Ukulele Island, featuring workshops, performances and all things uke.
Children's activities run all day long, with storytelling, rhythm workshop, art activities, mosaic making and gardening.
The Garden's Butterfly Pavilion will be open as well ($2 additional per person)
Workshops in Gypsy guitar (master class), banjo (beginning), harmonica, songwriting, cajon drumming, protest songs, drum circle and bottleneck slide guitar are offered.
Gourmet food trucks will be on-site, as well as Bert & Rocky's Cream Company, Dale Bros. Brewery, Claremont Craft Ales and Plume Ridge Bottle Shop will be selling beer and wine.
Visit and Like the Claremont Folk Festival's Facebook page by clicking here.
April 19-20 Annual Wildflower Festival
All Wildflower Festival events are free with Garden admission or membership.
April 21 Wildflower Festival Senior Day
Free Garden admission, refreshments, walking and tram tours for guests over the age of 65.
Many events around Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden celebrate the beauty and diversity of California wildflowers.
- Southern California wildflowers gently collected and brought indoors for an intimate viewing at the Wildflower Show, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
- Enjoy special presentations within the wildflower display room, featuring plant families and collection sites; check back for exact times, TBD.
- Learn how herbarium specimens are created and why they're important
- See research projects underway by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden scientists to document the rich flora of Southern California in an educational display.
- Experience the Garden wildflowers. From Fays Wildflower Meadow to Ceanothus and Salvia across Indian Hill Mesa the Garden is in full bloom.
- Weekend Wildflower Walks Meet us at the Admission Kiosk for guided walking tour with nature interpreters. Tours begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
- Visit the Wonders of Wildflowers (WOW!) Exhibit - On exhibit in the California Natives Container Garden.
A tradition since the early 1930s, the Wildflower Festival is Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's longest-running seasonal event and coincides with our state-recognized California Native Plant Week, (the third week of April each year)
Over the years, the show has offered an opportunity for visitors to view flowers of species that they may not have otherwise been able to see. Flowers are gently prepared, carefully identified and exhibited indoors.
The week proceeding the show, teams of RSABG staff, volunteers and research associates undertake spring collecting trips to sites where studies to document the flora are underway, adding to scientific knowledge of these poorly known places and sharing the beauty of California wildflowers with Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden visitors. The geographically-diverse approach offers a diverse variety of species gathered and creates a beautiful and educational display.
The flower species collected are dependent upon many factors, including seasonal rainfall. This variability produces a tremendous variety of flower species every year. After the wildflower show, many of the specimens are made available for research and education for RSABG staff and students, others are offered to local botany classes for study and the flowers in suitable condition may be preserved in a collection for future generations to learn from and enjoy.
We hope you are able to take the time to visit local wildflower habitats, but please do not collect plants from the wild.
April 5 through September 28, 2014
Included with standard admission or membership. Sculptures are exhibited throughout the grounds.
CLICK HERE for photos of LT Mustardseed and samples of her work
The Garden is thrilled to welcome the art and sculpture of LT Mustardseed for this special exhibit! LT Mustardseed is a full time working designer and sculptor native to Los Angeles. She has successfully created numerous public and private art commissions. LT's sculptures will be on display throughout Garden grounds April 5 through September 28 for our members and guests to enjoy.
Sculptures range from a gigantic, 20-foot Dragonfly and massive Demoiselle to a 6-foot hummingbird, larger-than-life "Harley Bird", mechanical passion flowers (pictured above, in detail), fire-breathing pitcher plants, whimsical animals and fanciful creations.
Artist notes and statements:
"When appropriate I recycle everyday objects into bold, colorful and playful images. Nature themes are often re-occurring in my work. I love working with various types of metals, the metallurgy, the material, its movement and form.
My use of machinery and custom paint finishes honor the traditions of our past generations, as well as creating unique works of art that represents our own time and place. I like to integrate industrial design elements such as artistic site furnishings, creative bike racks, and lighting. I have experience working with the best design teams in Los Angeles, including Structural Engineers, Architects, Landscape Architects, City planning, and the MTA.
Design aesthetic, long-term durability and quality are paramount to my process.
I have full fabrication capabilities in studio and am a licensed LA-City Certified welder. Possibilities of creations are endless. I am Veteran of Desert Storm and a self-taught, non-institutionalized artist.
I have been practicing artistic expression since childhood. At age 5 I wanted to be a photographer then a painter. Meanwhile collecting tools from Grandpa Mason, building anything and everything; each summer was a new conquest.
It wasn't until my late 20's that Artistic expression became full time. Designing and creating is what makes me the most happy, from then on I believed in realizing my dreams are possible."
"If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." -Matthew 17:20