Acorn Festival - November 20

Sunday, November 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fall is a time of harvest and festivities for the people of Southern California, as acorns from the live oak (Quercus agrifolia) were traditionally an important major food source. In honor of this, Native American dancers and tribal leaders join us to celebrate our connections with California native plants. (Dancers will demonstrate various dances intermittently throughout the day.) There will also be an artisans' marketplace. 

The Acorn Festival takes place rain or shine!

This event is free with Garden admission. Some activities require a small materials fee.

 

 

Native Designs Wreath Sale

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Celebrate the season, decorate for the holiday or add a special touch of warmth to your home with a Native Designs wreath!

Native Designs, a volunteer group at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden that creates floral arrangements using California native plants, have made a wonderful assortment of wreaths from grape vines harvested on site. These special wreaths will be for sale at the Fall Planting Festival on October 1st. 

Wreaths range in price from $15 - $40. All proceeds benefit RSABG programming.  

Fall Planting Festival

October 1, 2016, 10 am - 4:30 pmRSABG Fall Plant Sale 2015 14
Members only, 8 -10 am

The Fall Planting Festival at Grow Native Nursery will showcase thousands of California native and water efficient plants, many propagated from our own collections and not available anywhere else. Free lectures include "Ethnobotanical Uses of the Native Plants of California" by Nicholas Hummingbird from 11:30 am - 1 pm and "How to Water Your Plants for Drought-Tolerant Establishment" with Carlos Ruiz from 1:30 pm - 3 pm. Proceeds of the festival support Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden programs. Access to Grow Native Nursery is always free.

SATURDAY, October 1, The Fall Planting Festival features:

  • Enormous native plant selection (check back for the inventory list)
  • Seeds
  • Free lectures
  • Decorated grapevine wreaths, harvested from the Garden
  • Native plant experts table 
  • Bake sale
  • Free Garden admission

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden has been selling California native plants since 1978. Don’t miss this ideal opportunity to purchase hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind natives and to get your gardening questions answered by friendly, experienced botanic garden professionals and volunteers. 


RSABG Acorn Members may purchase plants a day early! 

A special "personal shopper" evening pre-sale with light refreshments on Friday, September 30, exclusively for Acorn members: stay tuned for your invitation, or become an Acorn member today!

 

 

On Location: California Native Plants in the Movies

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Did you know that some say Hollywood is named for the native toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), that covers the hills of the world's movie capital? In this exhibition where botany meets the box office, learn how California native plants have shaped movie culture, from Vertigo to Star Wars. 

At this special exhibition, discover film stills, posters and other memorabilia from over 30 titles that spotlight California's cast of native floral characters. This exhibit will be showcased in the Art Gallery and in the Garden. 

Art Gallery Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Garden Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free with standard admission or membership. 

 

Exclusive Opening Night for Members Only:

August 19, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

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 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.

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.