Blue Star Museum Days - May 28 through September 5

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) is a proud 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.

Complimentary admission begins Saturday, May 28, and will continue through Monday, September 5, 2015, and includes all active-duty US military personnel and/or their immediate family members (military ID holder and/or up to 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 event 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 2015.

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.

Family Bird Fest - February 14

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February 14, 2016, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Included with Garden admission

An educational celebration of all kinds of birds, this annual event highlights the behaviors and physical traits that enable them to survive and thrive. Birdwatchers of all ages can flock to the Garden for a day filled with activities and information for both beginners and enthusiasts.

The Family Bird Fest features knowledgeable birding exhibitors including members of Pomona Valley Audubon Society and Wild Wings of California with live raptors. Wild Wings will be on site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be bird life displays, child-friendly crafts, and drop-in family activities. This year we are happy to feature Mrs. Nelsons Book Fair, selling a wide selection of books chosen with the Family Bird Festival in mind.

Visitors can help with the “Great Backyard Bird Count,” an international citizen-science project. The annual event engages people globally in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are throughout the world.

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Audubon, Cornell Lab and Bird Studies Canada take a snapshot of the whereabouts of many hundreds of bird species during the "Great Backyard Bird Count." In the past, participants identified 596 species and submitted more than 92,000 checklists, helping scientists track changes in the numbers and movements of birds from year to year. The Great Backyard Bird Count is a joint project of the Cornell Lab, Audubon and Bird Studies Canada. Visit www.birdcount.org to read a summary of the findings.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden provides an ideal setting to spot birds that live here or migrate to the region for warmer winter living. Step softly to see them nestled amid ceanothus blossoms or high above in a cottonwood branch.

The 2016 Family Bird Festival is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited Claremont

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Free Admission Day and Plant Sale - March 12

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Join us for free admission in honor of spring, with a 20% off sale at Grow Native Nursery Claremont. Light refreshments will be served in the morning at Grow Native Nursery.

The Garden is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry at 4:30).

A special RSABG member reception will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in honor of the Flow exhibit in the gallery.

 

 

Wildflower Show - April 16-18

Matulionis Wildflower Show (2015)

April 16-18 Annual Wildflower Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free with Garden admission or membership.

April 18 Wildflower Show Senior Day
Free Garden admission, complimentary walking and tram tours for guests over the age of 65.

Our Annual Wildflower Show centers around an amazing display of California Wildflowers gathered and on display in the East Classroom, featuring:

Southern California wildflowers gently collected and brought indoors for an intimate viewing at the Wildflower Show, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Intimate educational experiences within the wildflower display room from the experts, featuring plant families and collection sites.

Research projects underway by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden graduate students and scientists to document the rich flora of Southern California. 

The Garden wildflowers. From Fay's Wildflower Meadow to Ceanothus and Salvia across Indian Hill Mesa, the Garden is in full bloom.


 

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.

And as a reminder, we hope you are able to take the time to visit local wildflower habitats, but please do not collect plants from the wild.

Plein Air Art Festival - April 16

April 16, 2016, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Included with Garden admission

The Plein Air Arists of Riverside will paint throughout the Garden for the opening day of the Wildflower Show. Their work will be on display in the gallery, and for sale, following the festival.

 

David Chappell: Flow - March 12 through April 8

David Chappell - Untiled #3, 2014David Chappell: Flow

March 12 through April 8

This work is a meditation on organic form inspired by the graceful, sinuous curves of plants and flowers and by the flowing undulations of streams and waves. Even though biological growth and fluid flow are fundamentally different phenomena, each has the capacity to produce delightfully elegant forms and curves.

Chappell states: Rather than sketch the outward appearance of nature directly, I simulate “internal” dynamics to create generative renderings evocative of natural patterns. The resulting forms have delicate tendrils and fleshy structures that rhythmically flow together creating whimsically organic designs.

Gallery open to the public daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Admission to the gallery is included with standard admission or membership.

Special opening reception for RSABG members on Saturday, March 12, from 3 p.m. to 5 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..

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.

A Garden of Verses: Poetry Day in the Garden - April 30, 2016

Poppy webApril 30, 2016, 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 our Garden, all gardens, nature and the environment of this fragile earth and out into limitless space.

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. 

For a list of poets scheduled to appear and read on April 30, please click here [link coming soon!]. Please note this list is growing - check back for updates!