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:
August 16, 2014, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
- 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
- Free refreshments
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 align with life science and history/social science content standards for California public schools.
California Author Series – Hosted by the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Library
The library staff and volunteers at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden are pleased to announce a series of presentations by published or soon-to-be-published authors. The California Author Series is free with standard Garden admission.
The library hours are: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call (909) 625-8767 ext. 210.
Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m.
Author Claudia Jurmain (co-author with David Lavender & Larry L. Meyer)
Rancho Los Alamitos: Ever changing, always the same
Free with Standard Admission or Membership
A book-signing will follow the presentation.
Rooted in sacred ground and located under temperate skies, Rancho Los Alamitos is a microcosm of Southern California, with a history reflecting every decade from the late-eighteenth-century Alta California of New Spain to the headlong American present of Long Beach, California.
Filled with fascinating detail and intriguing characters, Rancho Los Alamitos begins over two thousand years ago, when the land was known as Povuu'ngna, an important ancestral village of the Tongva people. By the early twentieth century, Rancho Los Alamitos had become the home and working ranch of Fred and Florence Bixby (brother and sister-in-law of Susanna Bixby Bryant, founder of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden), whose idyllic way of life was supported by a newly discovered cache of crude oil buried deep within the ground.
Saturday, January 25, 11 a.m.
Authors Robert L. Allen and Fred M. Roberts, Jr. present:
Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains
Free with Standard Admission or Membership
A book-signing will follow the presentation.
Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains which includes Orange County, Santa Ana Mountains, Whittier-Puente-Chino Hills, Prado Basin, Temescal Valley, Elsinore Basin, Santa Rosa Plateau, San Mateo Canyon wilderness area, and San Onofre State Beach. This publication is a novice-friendly, technically accurate guide to wildflowers of cismontane southern California. Tailored to Orange Country and adjacent portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego Counties. it will prove a useful tool to identify and learn plant families, genera, and species in the Golden State.
Describes over 600 species with one or more photos of each. Arranged alphabetically by plant family, the plants are described, summarized, and illustrated to facilitate learning. Similar plant specifies are mentioned and their differences highlighted.
Includes section on geology, geography, flower parts, scientific names, plant communities, and places to go wildflower-watching, all accompanied by photographs and illustrations. Though technical terms are minimized, those used are presented in a glossary. Written, edited, and review by professional biologists and local experts.
In an approach unique among wildflower guides, living things that rely on specific plants are presented alongside those plants, such as monarch butterfly, goldenbush borer beetle, snowberry clearing moth, coastal California gnatcatcher, cactus wren, Anna's hummingbird and phainopepla. Groups of associated species ("guilds") discussed include milkweed, cactus, California sycamore, California buckwheat, California lilac, yucca, and cattail.
Each entry features:
- Common and scientific names.
- Description with diagnostic characteristics italicized.
- Flowering time, habitat, and local range.
- Known and suggested places to find the plant.
- Meaning of its scientific name and name of the person that named it.
- For many, similar species with which it may be confused.
From shoreline of Crystal Cove State Park; to the canyons, grasslands, and foothills of Caspers Wilderness Park; beckoning peaks of the Santa Ana Mountains; and the rolling hills and washes of Temescal Valley, this book will be your guide to the beautiful wildflowers you encounter.
Tyler Nordgren, "Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks"
In “Stars Above, Earth Below,” Tyler Nordgren uses a photo essay approach to examine the connection between astronomical topics and the landscapes of U.S. national parks. Nordgren's book is both a personal guide and scientific exploration into the deeper meaning for the astronomical phenomena on view in the night sky above national parks. Professor Nordgren teaches physics at the University of Redlands.
Helen Popper, "California Native Gardening: A Month-by-Month Guide"
Please join us for the next California Author Series presentation at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, featuring Helen Popper. Popper’s recent book, "California Native Gardening: A Month-by-Month Guide" is the first month-by-month guide to gardening with native plants in a state that follows a unique, nontraditional seasonal rhythm. Her book provides detailed, calendar-based information for both beginning and experienced native gardeners.
Popper explains, "The contents of the book reflect many lifetimes of experience. The information is culled from years of monthly meetings of the California Native Plant Society’s local ‘Gardening with Natives’ interest group. The group is made up of professionals and avid amateurs, including many who have been gardening with natives since the 1960s.” Popper has carefully assembled their thoughtful observations, added a few of her own, and this book is the result.
The author is an ardent native gardener and an economics professor at Santa Clara University. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Following the presentation, visit the Library's used book sale, hosted by library staff and volunteers with proceeds benefiting ongoing library programs. The Free Native Plant Clinic will be held on the same day at Grow Native Nursery Claremont from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
New Library display: The Beauty of Wildflowers will feature books and prints from the RSABG library collection, focusing on wildflowers from California and the world.
The first in this series features Tom Sitton, author of “Grand Ventures – the Banning Family and the Shaping of Southern California.” Sitton is the former head of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He has written several publications about Southern California political history. His most recent book, “Grand Ventures”, will be the focus of his presentation, Saturday, February 11 at 11 a.m., in the East Classroom.
After the presentation, the library is hosting a Library Open House, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., with tours of the special collections and archives room.
The author talk series and library open house are free with standard Garden admission.
In collaboration with the Family Bird Fest, February 19, the library’s current rare book display “Birds in Print—Words and Pictures,” highlights several of RSABG's beautiful bird books and original paintings from the special collections.
- 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