Wildflower Festival - April 19-20

April 19-20 Annual Wildflower FestivalPoppy web
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 Fay's 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.
  • Fresh Street Food TruckGrab some delicious, fresh food at Fresh Street Food Truck, onsite 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Fresh Street Food Truck uses only fresh, all natural ingredients, specializing in panini sandwiches, handcrafted drinks and other fresh fare. Check out their menu!

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.