April 30, 2016, 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 our Garden, all gardens, nature and the environment of this fragile earth and out into limitless space.
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.
For a list of poets scheduled to appear and read on April 30, please click here [link coming soon!]. Please note this list is growing - check back for updates!
A full-spectrum of art offered for display and sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. The annual art exhibition showcases the artwork of California artists along the trails of Indian Hill Mesa. Visitors can view the artists' diverse range of media and techniques, watch demonstrations and meet the artists. Art purchases help support RSABG.
- Saturday includes a special member benefit, FREE admission to the Butterfly Pavilion on June 6.
- The public is also welcome to visit the Butterfly Pavilion; tickets are $2 per person (children under 3 are free).
- Guests will also receive 2 complimentary tickets to the Butterfly Pavilion with each Art in the Garden art purchase, valid for use through August 2 (limit 2 per transaction).
Wednesday Nights in July, 5 - 8 p.m.
Tickets: RSABG member $10, public $15
Ticket includes one beer (additional beverages may be purchased)
A new event for guests 21 and up.
Local musicians provide the soundtrack to the Garden and the Butterfly Pavilion. Learn fun facts while you walk among the butterflies and enjoy a cold beer on these warm summer nights.
Ticketed guests receive one free beer and light snacks; additional beer may be purchased for $5.
The fine print:
- Ticket price includes evening admission, admission to the Butterfly Pavilion, and one complementary beer. Additional beverages may be purchased. Free parking.
- Garden remains open until 8 p.m.
- Must be 21 or older to attend and must show proper identification. No exceptions. Children will not be admitted even if parent or guardian is present. (Children may enjoy Wednesday extended hours in the Garden but will be excluded from the Butterflies and Brews beverage areas.)
- Purchase tickets at the admissions kiosk or charge by phone. No refunds or ticket exchanges. In the event of a weather-related event cancellation, tickets are valid for: 1) Entry to another Butterflies and Brews evening this season or 2) one regular Garden Admission, valid one year from date of cancelled event (not valid for ticketed events). No outside food, beverage or alcohol may be brought into the Garden.
Thursday Evenings, June 25-July 30, 2015
Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking and food service by Gourmet Gourmet Catering. Concerts begin at 7 p.m.
Enjoy the cool evening air at the Garden with a picnic, great music and good friends.
Individual event ticket pricing:
Members: $5 (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)
**NEW** Gold Card & Acorn Level Members are FREE - Must show membership card at concert for complimentary admission.
Public: $8 (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)
Season ticket discount pricing:
Members: $25 for all six concerts (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)
Public: $40 for all six concerts (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)
You can purchase food and beverages from Gourmet Gourmet Catering in the California Courtyard the evening of each show. Bert and Rocky's will be selling cool treats. Menu to come!
The 2015 Garden Groove concert series is sponsored, in part, by Golden State Water Company.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) is a proud 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.
Complimentary admission begins Saturday, May 23, and will continue through Monday, September 7, 2015, and includes all active-duty US military personnel and/or their immediate family members (military ID holder and/or up to 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 event 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 2015.
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.
May 9 - August 2, 2015
The Pavilion is Open Daily 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed July 4)
Tickets: $2 per person in addition to standard Garden admission
The Butterfly Pavilion at RSABG unites science education and hands-on fun for visitors of all ages. Hundreds of butterflies call the temporary enclosure home this spring and summer. Visitors can walk among the butterflies, caterpillars, and the California native plants that they depend on for food.
See photos on our Facebook page from the Butterfly Pavilion at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
CLICK HERE to Purchase Advance Tickets to the Butterfly Pavilion
Butterfly Release Party: August 2, 2015
FREE Butterfly Pavilion Admission on Sunday, August 2! (Standard Garden admission fees still apply)
Beginning at 1 p.m. until all the butterflies are out and about, each family unit may escort a butterfly out of the pavilion and into the Garden.
Visitors may notice many more butterflies flitting around the Garden following the release party!
As a steward of native plants of California, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden actively promotes the appreciation, understanding and conservation of native flora. Native plants are ideal for butterfly gardening because they provide food sources and in turn butterflies aid in flower pollination.
The 24’ x 36’ Butterfly Pavilion, erected near the Lantz Outdoor Classroom, is a temporary enclosure that combines science education and interactive fun for visitors of all ages. Visitors can walk among the butterflies and caterpillars as they feed. See caterpillars pupate into chrysalises and emerge as butterflies. The Garden is offering special educational workshops in conjunction with the exhibition to share how to nourish both common and threatened butterfly species in home gardens.
The discerning palate of caterpillars helps explain why so many butterfly species are threatened. The major cause of species disappearance in a given area is almost always habitat destruction and the elimination of the plants that they need to survive.
In spite of extensive urban sprawl, Southern California has many species of butterflies that are fairly abundant and easily attracted to flowers or food plants in local gardens.
See the symposium website for speakers, schedule, and registration information.
Symposium Registration Pricing: Early Bird Registration through November 1, 2015: Member: $45 / Public: $60
Prices increase on November 2 to $60 for Members and $75 for General Public
Registration includes: access to all presentations and scheduled events on Saturday, November 14, as well as free admission on Sunday, November 15 to enjoy native food preparations, tastings and the annual Acorn Festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tickets are non-refundable but transferable up to 24 hours before the symposium.
Submissions Accepted Through May 31, 2015
Included with standard admission or membership.
We know that many of our visitors are fine photographers, and we're giving you a chance to show off your images! Now through May 31, 2015, submit a photograph to our contest. We will select winners and display them, and several runners-up, in our gallery during the summer.
There will be one winner from each of the following categories:
- Landscape Views
- Creatures in the Garden
- People's Choice
First Prize: The prize for each first place winner in each category is a one-year Family Membership to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG). If you are already a family or individual member, you may extend your expiration by a year or gift the membership to someone else. (Family Membership = two named adults, and their children/grandchildren 18 and younger.)
Runner-up: The prize for the runner-up in each category is a one-year Individual Membership to RSABG. If you are already an individual member, you may extend your expiration by a year or gift the membership to someone else.
All Chosen for Display in the Gallery: The photographer for the photograph(s) chosen for display in the Gallery will receive a re-usable admission pass for two valid during the exhibition, and two admission passes to give away. (One set pet per photographer.)
How to submit your photo(s)
- Photographs must have been taken at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden anytime between May 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015.
- The photograph must be your own original work.
- Include a photo subject release for each person whose face is recognizable in a photograph. (Recognizable is subject to interpretation by us, so if you have any doubt, please secure a release.)
- All submissions must be digital.
- All submissions should be suitable for 8" x 10" printing (e.g. 2800 x 3500 pixels).
- You may submit up to five (5) entries.
- Send your photograph(s) to photocontest[at]rsabg.org (replace the [at] with @) or on CD by midnight PST on May 31, 2015.
Important Fine Print
- Photographs must have been taken at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden between May 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015.
- You must observe the standard visitor guidelines while taking your photograph(s).
- Submissions become the property of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, for unrestricted use of the photograph without compensation (but with acknowledgement where possible).
- Photographs must be received by midnight PST, May 31, 2015. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is not responsible for transmission errors or for CDs that are lost or damaged in transit.
- Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden reserves the right to dismiss any entries not deemed by us to meet the contest guidelines.
- Alas, RSABG staff may not participate in the contest.
Birding at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Over 147 species of birds have been observed here at the Garden in Claremont. Join us for one of our free bird walks to learn more!
September through June; First Sunday of each month, beginning at 8 a.m.
Family Bird Walks are free to the public courtesy of our sponsor, Pomona Valley Audubon Society. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring any bird guide books you have and binoculars. Limited loaner binoculars may be available to use during the walk.
Take a leisurely walk through the Garden to see and hear the numerous bird species that migrate through the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire. Beginning and experienced birders are welcome to help find birds in the Garden. Our collaborative efforts usually produce a good variety of local birds, and we always have a great time!
Family Bird Walks are sponsored by the Pomona Valley Audubon Society. There are no admission fees, but a free reservation is encouraged. Visitors need not be an RSABG member to participate!
Also check out our popular Family Bird Festival held in February.
Third Saturdays, beginning at 8 a.m.
Space is limited to 15 guests.
Join Chris Verma of Claremont's Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly, free bird walk along Garden trails. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring any bird guides you have and binoculars if you have them.
This special walk is provided by Wild Birds Unlimited of Claremont. There are no fees required to participate, however a free reservation is required.
March 14 - June 28, 2015
Gallery open to the public daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Included with standard admission or membership.
This exhibition explains Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's involvement in California botany and plant conservation through items from our five collections:
- Living Collection
Specially selected items from all five collections--historical photographs, journal entries, illustrations, rare books, herbarium specimens, seeds and seed processing equipment, and significant plants--are on display.
32nd Annual Claremont Folk Festival
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - Gates open 10 a.m.
Tickets: On Sale NOW!
General Admission and VIP Seating tickets are available. Children 12 and under are admitted free, except in the VIP section. VIP tickets are limited and the price includes prime reserved seating and VIP lanyard. VIP tickets must be purchased for children.
- General Admission: $35
- VIP Tickets: $100
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 32nd 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.
Only event ticket holders will be admitted to the Garden on May 30. Festival attendees can also visit the Butterfly Pavilion at NO CHARGE 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.
The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience & Blind Boy Paxton
A one hour mandolin class offered by David Grisman will offered with an additional fee (see online ticket purchasing for additional information)
The David Grisman Blue Grass Experience, Blind Boy Paxton, Dustbowl Revival, Tom Freund, Francisco Gonzalez, Perla Batalla, Claremont Allstar Polka Band, Peter Harper, Ross Altman, River and Rose, Fivacious
Music and Art Teachers:
Kevin Marin, Steve Goode, Leigh Adams, Ray McNamara, Ross Altman, Kent Besocke, Chris Wahl, Bob Hurton, Phoebe Millerwhite, and Sue Bush
Polka Dancing, Israeli Dancing, Folklorico Dancing, Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Mosaic Studio, Drum Circle, Fine Art with the dA Center for the Arts, Children's Rhythms, Harmonica, Protest Songs, Fiddle, and more
Kids Passport Activities:
Song Quilt, Face Painting, Butterfly Pavilion, Sunflower Planting, Community Art and more
Local artists will be selling a variety of art, musical instruments and more. Gourmet food trucks and local micro-breweries (Dale Bros Brewery & Claremont Craft Ales) will provide food service in designated areas during the Festival.
The Garden is a living museum, much different from a park or other recreation area, so personal food and animals (with the exception of identified service animals) are not allowed. We do encourage bringing refillable water bottles for personal hydration.
This is a Rain or Shine Event. Sorry, no refunds.