California Native Sage Festival - March 28

Salvia columbariae (Chia Sage) flower. Photo by N. Jensen.Saturday, March 28, 2014, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Claremont, California

Free with standard admission or membership.

Experience the scents, sights, and flavors at this 2nd annual garden event celebrating Salvia species native to California.

Check out sage-related vendors, try a sample of some sage-inspired culinary delights, enjoy a free workshop or wildflower walk, listen to music and get sage advice (of course!). 

Check back often as we build this list of participants and activities. There will be a special RSABG member event too!

20-minute workshops in the California Courtyard (TBA)

Sage activities, booths and confirmed participants in the 2015 Sage Festival include:

  • Grow Native Nursery - with many varieties of native sages to choose from!
  • 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
  • BEE Green Honey
  • 'See the Sages Salvia Stroll' - Guided walking tours of sages in the garden
  • Opening of the new Secrets of Sage exhibit in the Container Garden
  • Free Sage Scavenger Hunt
  • Food Trucks
  • Live music
  • More to come!

John Svenson: For the Love of Wood

November 8, 2014-February 22, 2015Svenson Madonna - web

Presented by Claremont Museum of Art

Gallery open to the public daily, 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.

Over a lifetime of creating sculpture in many media, John Svenson's work in wood stands out and expresses his love for this living material. The exhibition John Svenson: For the Love of Wood begins with a one-day display at the Padua Hills Art Fiesta on November 2, then moves to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, opening November 8. John Edward Svenson's love of nature and mastery of his materials is evident throughout his large body of work, which ranges from small wood carvings to monumental public commissions. A native of the Pomona Valley, he studied art at Claremont Graduate School and worked for many years with sculptor Albert Stewart and artist/designer Millard Sheets. During his prolific career, Svenson produced over 23 sculptures for Home Savings and Loan banks and numerous public works in California and Alaska.

Exhibition Opening Reception

Friday, November 14, 5-7 p.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Artist John Svenson will be honored at the opening reception of the exhibition John Svenson: For the Love of Wood. Admission to RSABG will be free for this event. Public are welcome to attend.


About the Artist

Svenson - MaryJean owl3-4SM -webOver a lifetime of creating sculpture in many sizes and medium, John Edward Svenson has had a love affair with wood. "There is a direct connection to the material, one can observe the grain and understand the life of the tree. If I am lucky, I can express this life and create something of beauty" says Svenson. Understanding natural form through flora and fauna is at the core of his creations. John began working in wood as a child and never stopped. Unlike materials such as bronze, which require multiple processes, working in wood is time consuming but immediate. The act of carving wood is therapeutic and personal. John Svenson was born in Los Angeles in 1923 and grew up on a citrus grove in the Pomona Valley. After WWII, the GI Bill allowed him to attend Claremont Graduate School to study art at Scripps and Pomona College. For many years he worked with sculptor Albert Stewart and artist/designer Millard Sheets. During his prolific career, Svenson produced over 23 sculptures for Home Savings and Loan banks and many public works in California and Alaska. His sculpture and medallic work are held in numerous public and private collections in national and international locations. Teacher Albert Stewart and mentor Paul Manship nominated Svenson to the National Sculpture Society in 1966 and he advanced to "Fellow" in 1971.

Free Family Bird Walks sponsored by Pomona Valley Audubon Society

September through June; First Sunday of each month, beginning 8 a.m.  Western Bluebird. Photo by Grace Cho

Free reservation; CLICK HERE to make your free reservation.

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.

 

 

 

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