April 26 through July 13, 2014
Exhibit Gallery is open to the public Friday-Sunday, 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.
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A Claremont Museum of Art exhibition takes you through the artist's process in creating the 8 foot painting, Arboretum.
Follow the artist's process in creating the 8 foot painting, Arboretum, an autobiographical journey through his own work in landscape as well as a treatise on the artificial nature of painting and the objective beauty of Nature.
"This painting was a six-month journey through my archive of landscape imagery. Going back as far as 1986 (the year I received my M.F.A. from the Claremont Graduate University) I gathered photographs, sketches, images from earlier paintings, and some new material into a box. On a regular basis throughout the timeframe of the painting I would reach in, choose an image and insert it into the composition. The painting was completed when I could no longer see a place to fit another image.
It is an autobiographical work in that each and every image is a "marker" of both time and place in my own personal artistic history. Yet I also hope that it holds an interest for the viewer for the same reasons it held mine: exotic time, strange relationships and the recognition of the depth and profound beauty of nature."
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) is a participant in the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission for active-duty military and their families between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day.
The complimentary admission begin Saturday, May 24, and will continue through Monday, September 1, 2014, and includes all active-duty military personnel and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members). The RSABG is also extending the free Garden admission to veterans (admission fees still apply for veterans' family members). To receive free admission to the Garden, bring your current military identification or family member identification or veteran identification card to the Garden's admission kiosk. The Blue Star Museum free admission offer does not include special summer events at the Garden including admission to the Butterfly Pavillion and Garden Groove summer concerts. Admission to all RSABG summer events is available with purchases of standard ticket pricing.
The Blue Star Museum program recognizes the efforts and commitment by military personnel and includes active-duty National Guard and reserve officers. The nationwide project is coordinated by Blue Star Families, a non-partisan, non-profit that sponsors morale and empowerment programs for military families and raises public awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life. The Blue Star Museums is a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and more than 1,300 museums to offer free admission to all active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014.
The complete list of participating Blue Star Museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
For more information about Blue Star Families is available at www.bluestarfam.org.
Free Garden admission 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Behind-the-Scenes Open House opportunities
10 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Join Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden for this special day of celebrating the environmental stewardship, conservation, and education efforts put forth by botanical gardens around the nation.
The day will feature open house-style, behind-the-scenes looks at our diverse collections and areas not generally accessible to the public. When you arrive for this free admission day, visit our orientation station to learn how you can get behind the scenes. Follow signs to specific locations and learn first-hand about the work being done at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden experts will highlight the important work done here on a daily basis.
Behind-the-scenes Open House Opportunities
10 - 11:30 a.m., 1 - 2:30 p.m.
- Molecular Laboratory with Loraine Washburn, Laboratory Manager and Conservation Botanist and Botany Program Graduate Students
- Library and Archives
- Seed Conservation Program with Evan Meyer, Seed Conservation Program Manager
- Nursery and Greenhouses with Valentin Arvizu, Plant Propagator
Garden Walking Tours
Start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Join us for a 75-minute guided walking tours of the Garden including our Wonders of Wildflowers exhibit in the California Container Garden. The tours depart from the front patio of the Garden Shop. The walking portion of the tour is approximately one mile.
National Public Gardens Day was established by the American Public Gardens Association in 2009 and celebrates the vital role public gardens play in communities and highlights the environmental stewardship, conservation efforts and educational programs undertaken by public gardens across the nation. National Public Gardens Day is sponsored by American Public Gardens Association and Rainbird.
April 5, 2014, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Experience poetry in the Garden and celebrate National Poetry Month
California poets welcome the season and National Poetry Month by sharing poems that celebrate nature and the Golden State.
Come and stroll the Garden's paths anytime throughout the event time to enjoy the art of the spoken word performed by poets in the Garden. They will be stationed at various locations around the Garden's Mesa Loop Trail.
Poetry books will be available for sale at the Poetry Stations and in the Garden Shop. Get yours signed by the author!
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.