Cool California City Challenge Party - September 20

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Open-house style from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The day will feature FREE admission for Claremont residents who bring a recent Southern California Edison Electric bill or Southern California Gas Company bill (must present a bill to the admissions kiosk for free admission). Sustainable Claremont members will be on hand to assist you in getting signed up - or making progress on your entries - for the Cool California City Challenge [did we mention it's FREE, non-invasive, and FUN - - oh yea, and you can help Sustainable Claremont win a part of the $50,000 prize purse for our city's efforts! Currently we're in SECOND PLACE, narrowly behind Riverside - - YOUR participation will make the difference in earning enough points to take control of FIRST PLACE and a larger share of the prize. The challenge is nearly through, ending Monday, September 29th at 11:59 p.m. There is still time, we can win this!

Our Cool California City Challenge Party features complimentary refreshments on the Garden Shop patio, music, the chance to get registered on the spot if not already (we'll have laptops available and support standing by), as well as opportunities to learn more about the Cool California City Challenge and other local sustainability efforts, including representatives from local utilities.

If you'd like to get a headstart visit the Cool California City Challenge website (or enter this link into your browser: https://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/challenge/index.php?type=login)

Sponsored by Sustainable Claremont and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Read more in the Daily Bulletin Article

Things That Go Bump in the Night - October 17 and 18

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Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, 2014, 5:30 until 9 p.m.

Friday, October 17 is RSABG members-only night!

Purchase Tickets for Members-Only Night Here

Purchase Tickets for Saturday, October 18 Here 

Come to Things that Go Bump in the Night and meet the owls, opossums, spiders and plants who rule the Garden at night!

Things that Go Bump in the Night is a fun evening family event to observe and learn about plants and animals that are most active at night. Visitors follow Garden paths with a passport to visit interactive stations exploring the nocturnal world and its amazing critters.

This year's highlights include:

Wild Wings of California with several raptors including live owls! Please note Wild Wings of California will be onsite until 8 p.m. each event evening. 

Poppy the opposum and her wildlife rehabilitator Janet Chaney - Because, of course, 'possums are awesome! 

The World Famous Spider Show - In this very entertaining comedic "bug" show, children of all ages learn all about how spiders have adapted to catch their prey in different ways. Then, the kids' acting skills will be tested as some of them will become the spider and prey in a hilarious group of interactive theatrical "skits." This is fun for the whole family.

Kimmi Kraus returns with Project Wildsong to dispel myths and misinformation by providing interpretation and education about their live wolves, Ambassador Wolf Damu and Ambassador Wolf Cael, inspiring visitors with their beauty and with the truth about wolves.

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Wild Wings of California with GHO

Fall Planting Festival at Grow Native Nursery Claremont - October 4, 2014

October 4, 2014, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.fpf-sales-floor-image
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.

The Fall Planting Festival features:

  • Enormous native plant selection
  • Seeds and bulbs
  • RSABG research plants
  • Decorated Grapevine wreaths (photo album)
    Grapevine Wreaths made for 2013 Fall Planting Festival 13
  • Native plant experts table 
  • Free Garden admission
  • Beer and wine available for purchase
  • Bake sale

Click here to > Download plant list availability (Coming soon!)

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. 


Free lectures & workshops! 

10:00 a.m. Traditional and Medicinal Uses of Native Plants, Nicholas Hummingbird (20 min)

10:30 a.m. Garden Design Principles, Carol Bornstein (30 min)

11:30 a.m. TBA

Noon Life After Lawns, Molly Bogh (30 min)

1 p.m. Traditional and Medicinal Uses of Native Plants, Nicholas Hummingbird (20 min)


Live musical entertainment, artists to be announced

(8 a.m.-12 p.m.) and (12:30-3:30)

Gourmet food truck: Peaches' Smokehouse & Southern Kitchen

 

 


RSABG Acorn Members may purchase plants a day early! 

A special "personal shopper" evening pre-sale with light refreshments on Friday, October 3, exclusively for Acorn members: stay tuned for your invitation, or become an Acorn member today!

 

Luminaria Nights - December *5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20

Luminaria 2011 - photo by Marge RohrDec. *5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20; 6 - 9 p.m.

Friday and Saturday nights.

*Friday, December 5 is members-only night.

New, expanded loop trail route! Over a half-mile of luminaria-lit trails.

Illuminated evening walks featuring live acoustic music, cookies and hot cider and more than 1000 glowing, candle-lit luminarias lighting a half-mile, accessible loop on Indian Hill Mesa.

Click here to purchase tickets online

Acorn Festival - Nov 15 & 16

November 15 and 16, 2013, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Native American dancers, singers, artisans and tribal leaders join us to celebrate our connections with California native plants. Fall is a time of harvest and festivities for Southern California Indians. The live oak (Quercus agrifolia) was an important and major food source.

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

Special offer for teachers! Free admission to the Garden on November 15 and 16. Current teachers who present a valid California I.D and a school ID or copy of a paystub within the last 30 days. This offer is valid for teachers currently teaching grades K through 12 and does not extend to family members or guests. Many of the activities of Acorn Festival are closely aligned with the Native Partners program at RSABG (read more about Native Partners).

 

Guided Tram Tour - Third Sundays

Guided Tram Tours

Third Sunday of every month, 10 a.m.

First come, first served. Seating is limited. 

Advance tickets may be purchased online - CLICK HERE

Tours are 60-90 minutes in length.

See the plant communities of the California coast and Mojave Desert in an hour! The RSABG Guided Tram Tour offers guided exploration of the Garden’s northern 55 acres and highlights the beautiful and amazing diversity of the California Floristic Province.

Tickets are available in person at the admissions kiosk or online. Tickets $5 per person; ticket required in addition to standard Garden admission or membership.


 

Art Exhibition by Pamela Burgess: August 2 - November 2

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Cross Sections of a Landscape - a photographic series

Detail shots of native flora transformed into images of otherworldly, macro landscapes. Right: Hora de Oro (Golden Hour of Light) archival pigment print.

Burgess comments, "Intellectually, my work is located at the intersection of art, botany and conservation biology with a focus on drought-tolerant California native flora. Although not overtly political, my work raises questions about habitat conservation and water as the new black gold. I am deeply involved in the California native plant movement."

Exhibition runs August 2 through November 2, 2014

Gallery open to the public daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Admission to the gallery is included with standard admission or membership. The gallery is located just east of the Gift Shop in the main administration building. Click here to download the artist's statement.

Special opening reception for RSABG members on Friday, August 1, from 5-7 p.m. RSVP requested: please RSVP to the Development Office, (909) 625-8676 ext. 221, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Selected images from the exhibition are below.

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Vermilion, archival pigment print

Orange Puff
Orange Puff, archival pigment print

Crystaline
Crystalline, archival pigment print

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.

 

Plants Interact! Exhibition - July 19 to Nov. 16

Plants Interact! Exhibit
Saturday, July 19 through Sunday, November 16

Gold Card Member Opening, Friday, July 18
RSVP required by July 16 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (909) 625-8767 ext. 221

Plants Interact! announcement

Free with Garden admission or membership.

The Container Garden's new exhibit is an inspirational fusion of horticulture, science, and art that focuses on plants' interactions with their environment.

Step off the mesa path and learn about plants' interactions: reproduction and fruiting, grasses and wind pollination, succulents and water storage, and summer flowering plants. Each room in the Container Garden will focus on a different type of interaction with interpretive signage.

Upcycle: The Sculpture of LT Mustardseed - April 5-September 28

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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.

April 4, 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. RSABG Member Preview and Reception with LT Mustardseed.
Sponsored by Some Crust Bakery.

Artist notes and statements:

LT in Studio - web"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

-LT Mustardseed

LT 2014 Salute - web