Spring Open House - March 14

March 14, 2015

  • Free Garden admission day for all
  • Behind the Scenes Tour Opportunities (Stay tuned for details and scheduling)
  • Grow Native Nursery Sale.
  • Grand Opening - A Living Legacy: The Collections of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Exhibit - March 14 through June 28, 2015
  • Heritage Education Group and San Gabriel Valley YWCA present the Pop-Up Mobile Farmer's Market!
  • Live Acoustic Music 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"
  • Complimentary light refreshments on the Garden Shop patio

Click for California Native Sage Festival information, coming up on March 28!

 

 

 

Mother's Day Champagne Brunch and Lunch - May 10

Sunday, May 10, 2015 

Brunch seating begins at 8:45 a.m.
Brunch served at 9:30 a.m. 
 
Lunch seating begins at 12:00 p.m.
Lunch served at 12:30 p.m.

This year, our Mother's Day Champagne Brunch and Lunch events are nestled among our new and fragrant Secrets of Sage Exhibit in the California Natives Container Garden. Sit amid a display of amazing Salvia species ('true sages') to set the tone for an unforgettable dining experience during this one of a kind exhibit.

Steve Rushingwind - webSeating is limited for this exclusive annual event celebrating Mothers. You'll enjoy fantastic food, superb table service and a dining atmosphere only possible at California's Native Garden; listen to live music performed by Steve Rushingwind and don't forget the giveaways we have in store for Moms at each table. Tickets inlcude free Garden admission and FREE tickets to our popular Butterfly Pavilion for your party on Mother's Day. The Butterfly Pavilion is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Complimentary tram service to and from the venue will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. for Brunch and 11:30 for Lunch.

Guests are also welcome to have their family photograph taken by photographer Sonja Stump of Sonja Stump Photography; No sitting fee; photo proofs can be viewed online and purchased after the event.

Ticket prices for Brunch or Lunch:

Member: Adult $48 / Child (ages 3-12) $30
Public: Adult $65 / Child (ages 3-12) $40

Advance tickets are required - the event will sell out. Please note the RSABG member discount - to view membership options and to become a member, click here. Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with questions or for additional information.

ORDER TICKETS for Brunch (9:30 a.m.) Menu

Preset at tables upon arrival:
Fresh Fruit Plate
Baskets of Home Baked Muffins, Scones, and Breakfast Breads
Butter and Berry Preserves
 
Served Main Course:
Ricotta and Orange Blintzes with Strawberry Sauce garnished with Fresh Strawberries
Artichoke and Mushroom Quiche with Swiss and Feta Cheeses
Herb Roasted Potatoes
Grilled Chicken and Apple Sausages
 
Children's Meal (Ages 12 and under):
Belgian Waffle with Maple Syrup and Scrambled Eggs
 
Dessert Buffet:
Assortment of Petite Sweets;
Pate Choux Cream Puffs, Lemon & Kiwi Tartlets, Mini Chocolate Truffle Cakes
Apple Cobbler with Freshly Whipped Cream (Whipped Cream on the side)
Alex's Homemade Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing
German Chocolate Cake
 
Beverages:
Champagne, Mimosas, and assorted beverages
Orange Juice, Apple Juice
Regular and Decaffeinated Coffees
Hot Water with Assorted Teas

ORDER TICKETS for Lunch (12:30 p.m.) Menu

Preset at tables upon arrival:
Gourmet Green Salad with Oranges, Red Wine Vinaigrette and Creamy Herb Dressing on the side
Baskets of Freshly Baked Artisan Breads with butter
 
Served Main Course:
Chicken Saltimboca - Chicken Breast rolled with Prosciutto, Sage, & Parmesan, served with a delicious Marsala Wine Sauce.
Wild and Brown Rice Pilaf with Toasted Pecans
Julienne Vegetables
 
Vegetarian Option:
Truffled Vegetable Pot Pie, Wild Rice Pilaf, Vegetables
 
Children's Meal (Ages 12 and under):
Chicken Breast Tenders (with ranch dip and BBQ sauce),
Macaroni and Cheese, Julienne Vegetables
 
Dessert Buffet:
Assortment of Petite Sweets;
Pate Choux Cream Puffs, Lemon & Kiwi Tartlets, Mini Chocolate Truffle Cakes
Apple Cobbler with Freshly Whipped Cream (Whipped Cream on the side)
Alex's Homemade Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing
German Chocolate Cake
 
Beverages:
Champagne, Mimosas, and assorted beverages
Iced Tea and Lemonade
Regular and Decaffeinated Coffees
Hot Water with Assorted Teas

Butterfly Pavilion: May 9 - August 2

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

Walk among and learn about native butterflies 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.

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 and caterpillars.

Adopt-a-Pollinator Program

You can help support the Garden, our Butterfly Pavilion, and our conservation, education, and research programs by adopting a pollinator at one of three levels: Sphinx Moth, Monarch Butterfly, and Anna's Hummingbird. [coming soon] Click here for more information about the Adopt-a-Pollinator program. You can also stop by the Garden Gift Shop, or contact the Development Office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (909) 625-8767 ext. 221.

 

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.

Download butterfly information packet (PDF).

 

Claremont Eclectic: A Tour of Six Local Gardens - April 19

Sunday, April 19, 1-4 p.m.Spring Wildflowers at RSABG small crop

Check in begins 10 a.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (Tour Gardens are available for viewing from 1-4 p.m.)

$20 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 inventive Claremont landscaping, you won't want to miss this! The tour is Sunday, April 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. and the price of the ticket ($20) includes admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden on April 19 and one additional day pass (must be used within 30 days of event date). Ticket holders are welcomed to enjoy the Annual Wildflower Show event also occurring on April 19 at the Garden before going on the tour.

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 19 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 19 (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 Sustainable Claremont Garden Club and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Tickets are limited, get yours today!

Garden with a View - Sunday, May 3

2015 GWV watercolor detail

You are cordially invited Garden with a View at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden on Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 5 to 8 p.m.  

This year our annual garden party fundraiser will include socializing, live music, refreshments, dinner, silent and live auction, door prizes, behind-the-scenes tours, and dessert. 

Tickets $125 per person. 
RSVP requested by April 24, 2015. Online registration is available, or you may return your RSVP card (invitations will be mailed in March).

More information to come!

Questions? Call us at (909) 625-8767 ext. 221 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Weekend Wildflower Walks - March 21-May 3

Weekend Wildflower Walks Poppy web

Saturdays 11 a.m.

Sundays 1 p.m. 

Guided walking tours with RSABG nature interpreters featuring beautiful wildflowers and seasonal highlights. Walks continue Saturday and Sunday, through May 3. Free with Garden admission or membership. Walks are approximately 60-90 minutes in length; guests may drop off tours as needed.

 

Teacher Open House

Our annual Teacher Open House will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from  9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Free Registration, Click Here 

  • Free Garden admission for school teachers and administrators and their immediate family.
  • Explore school tour and program displays; complete your passport to be eligible for great prizes!
  • Reserve field trips. Spring reservations fill up quick. Bring your calendar to schedule a fun and educational trip for your students.
  • Stay an hour or stay all day
  • Great prizes and giveaways
  • Complimentary refreshments including continental breakfast.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden offers walking tours and programs that include activity stations to help educate students about the Golden State. Tours and programs convey the importance of native plants, cultures of indigenous people and natural history of California. RSABG tours and programs correlate with K - 8 Cross Curricular Common Core Standards for California public schools.

Read more about RSABG School Tours and Programs


  

Free Family-Friendly Bird Walks

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!

Bluebird. Photo by Grace Cho

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.

Please call (909) 625-8767 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. The Pomona Valley Audubon Society’s newsletter “Chaparral Naturalist” is available at RSABG’s California Garden Shop.

 

 

 

Lesser Goldfinch

Third Sundays, 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.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. For more information about Wild Birds Unlimited, or to learn how to how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home, visit Wild Birds Unlimited of Claremont.


 

For more information about birds and birding visit Pomona Valley Audubon Society and Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology's ebird.org.

Garden Walking Club - Saturday Mornings

Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.

Relieve stress, boost energy levels, improve health, track progress and enjoy the beautiful scenery of California’s native garden on your own or with the group. Participation is free (Garden admission fees apply); register at the admission kiosk.

 "Although I have been visiting the garden for many years, the Saturday walks are the best experiences I've ever had here."

~Ruth Crandall, San Dimas

About the Garden Walking Club

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Walking Club was created to provide members and frequent visitors with the opportunity to participate in a safe, healthy and educational walking experience while enjoying social enrichment, community building, and the wonders of the Garden.

Walking club promotes:

  • Physical and mental health
  • Enjoyment and appreciation of our natural environment
  • Awareness of one's surroundings, as well as ourselves

Walking club is free to join and participate in; register at the admission kiosk. Garden admission fees apply if participants are not RSABG members.

Group walks take place every Saturday beginning at 8:00 a.m. and are approximately 1 hour long, meeting at the admission kiosk. Walking club participants may walk any day or time (during regular business hours), individually or as a group. Informal group scheduling is encouraged. Don’t forget to log your time, distances and observations at the admission kiosk. Specially themed walks will be scheduled and announced via email and posted at the admission kiosk. For more information send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (909) 625-8767.

Track your route and distances using the guide and map available at the admission kiosk, as well as trail markers located around the main pathways of the Garden.

The Garden is laid out in three distinct areas:

Indian Hill Mesa Loop Trail: 0.5 mile around
(Or 0.7 mile total roundtrip distance from admission kiosk)

This loop trail highlights Indian Hill Mesa a large flat-topped hill of dense clay soils, heavily planted with mature cultivars and wild species of native plants. Traveling counter-clockwise along the trail you’ll pass the California Cultivar Garden, north mesa restrooms, Walter and Gracie Lantz Outdoor Classroom, California Natives Container Garden, Benjamin Pond and the California Garden Gift Shop and RSABG administration building.

East Alluvial Gardens Trail: 0.9 mile total roundtrip
(or 0.45 mile one direction)

This ‘out and back’ trail travels north from the admission kiosk along the East Alluvial Gardens found at the base of the eastern edge of the Indian Hill Mesa and includes the Desert Garden and the Coastal Dune and California Channel Islands collections. The trail passes the Tongva Village interpretive site and the Majestic Oak before terminating at the Plant Communities Loop Trail.

Plant Communities Loop Trail: 1.0 mile around
(Or 1.7 miles total roundtrip distance from the admission kiosk via the Indian Hill Mesa Loop Trail) (Or 1.9 miles total roundtrip distance from the admission kiosk via the East Alluvial Gardens Trail)

This loop trail is accessible from either the Indian Hill Mesa Loop Trail or the East Alluvial Gardens Trail. The northern 55 acres of the Garden are home to the Plant Communities with displays of some of our most impressive specimens in the entire collection. The large serene grove of Four-needle Pinyon, the spring-blooming California Flannel Bushes and distinctive jmlhua trees are found here.