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.
Stay tuned for an EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE LINEUP on March 16
Festival Schedule - More details coming soon!
The following are scheduled to perform:
Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones
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
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.
Click here for exhibit photos (coming soon)
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."
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.
- 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
- Garden walking tours at 11 and 1 p.m. highlighting Salvias along the way
- 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
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.
March 22, 2014
Free Garden admission day
Sage Tea Member Reception
You are invited to a welcome reception at 10:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Weekend Wildflower Walks
Saturday 11 a.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.
Guided walking tours with RSABG nature interpreters featuring beautiful wildflowers and seasonal highlights. Walks continue Saturday and Sunday, through May 11. Free on March 22; free with Garden admission or membership on other dates.
Click for California Native Sage Festival information
Free admission for all on March 22 sponsored by Golden State Water Company. Be sure to visit their informational booth at the California Native Sage Festival, featuring water saving information, tips and giveaways.
Sunday, April 6, 1-4 p.m.
Check in begins 10 a.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's Grow Native Nursery (Tour Gardens are available for viewing from 1-4 p.m.)
$25 per person - Click Here to Purchase Tickets
Claremont Eclectic: A Tour of Six Local Gardens provides a unique opportunity to visit six outstanding and varied local gardens. If you are interested in spectacular and inventive Claremont landscaping, you won't want to miss this! The tour is Sunday, April 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. and the price of the ticket ($25) includes admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and to the Tomatomania event also occurring on April 6 at the Garden.
Tickets may be purchased online up to the night before the tour, in person in advance at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's Admissions Kiosk, or on April 6 at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
Garden Tour Ticket holders can pick up a brochure and tour map at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday April 6 (RSABG opens at 8 a.m., ticket holders are also welcome to enjoy the Garden before 10 a.m. as well.)
Please note the Tour Gardens are available for viewing from 1-4 p.m.
Proceeds benefit Claremont United Church of Christ, Sustainable Claremont Garden Club, and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Tickets are limited, get yours today!
October 4, 2014, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Members-only 8 -10 a.m.
Buy beautiful California native plants at Grow Native Nursery’s season opening spectacular.
The Fall Planting Festival at Grow Native Nursery at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden will showcase thousands of California native and water efficient plants, many propagated from our own collections and not available anywhere else. Proceeds support Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden programs.
Click here to > Download plant list availability (Coming soon!)
The event will include a lecture series with 30-minute horticultural and landscape design talks at 10 a.m, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. and much more. Speaker line-up TBD and subject to change:
- Teacher Open House - August 16
- California Author Series - June 7, 2014
- Butterfly Pavilion: May 10 - August 3
- Tomatomania - April 5 and 6
- Betty Davenport Ford: Capturing the Animal Spirit, Nov. 10 - Mar. 30
- Guided Tram Tour - Third Sundays
- Mother's Day Champagne Brunch and Lunch - May 11
- Gateways to the Communities
- Garden Walking Club - Saturday Mornings
- Claremont Zombie Run! May 3