A Living Legacy: the Collections of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

March 14 - June 28, 2015Legacy Exhibit shot

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

Included with standard admission or membership. 

This exhibition explains Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's involvement in California botany and plant conservation through items from our five collections: 

  • Living Collection
  • Herbarium
  • Library
  • Seeds
  • Archives

Specially selected items from all five collections--historical photographs, journal entries, illustrations, rare books, herbarium specimens, seeds and seed processing equipment, and significant plants--are on display.

 

 

Garden Run: Zombie Apocalypse! - May 2

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The outbreak begins at 7 a.m.

For full details and registration visit the full Garden Run: Zombie Apocalypse website.

What do I get for registering?
  • Access to the zombie-infested garden. You are free to run through as many times as you like!
  • Access to the base camp with festivities and the post-apocalypse after party with DJ and beer garden.
  • Runners packet that includes a free event shirt.
  • Opportunity to win FREE beer (21 and over) or soft drink of choice for surviving the zombies with your flag belt.

Pricing:
til Dec 31 – $25
Jan 1 to Jan 31 – $35
Feb 1 to May 1 – $45
May 2- $55

Follow us on Facebook for discounts.

Event Day Schedule:

  • Grounds open at 7 a.m., first wave leaves at 7:15 a.m.
  • Waves leave in 15 or 30 minute intervals.
  • You must select a preferred start time when you register for the run. Show up at least a half hour early to allow time for parking and to find the start line.
  • This was a very popular run last year and start times are going to sell out fast. Sign up early for best pricing and to insure you get your preferred start time.
  • Last wave leaves at noon and the celebration continues at the base camp with a post-apocalypse after party. Grab a cold craft brew at the beer garden to celebrate with friends and enjoy the festivities.
  • Party ends at 3 p.m.

Things to Note:

Parking: FREE

Survive the running course without a zombie taking your flag belt and win a free craft brew from the beer garden! Those under 21 win a free soft drink of their choice. (Limit one per person and those competing in the team competition are not eligible).

Distance: this course is a full 3-4K of pure zombie mayhem. Do you have what it takes?

Spectators: it is entirely free for spectators to be at the base camp and observe the carnage. Cheer on your friends and have a toast with them in the beer garden at the post-apocalypse after party!

Kids: this is a family friendly event. There will be a kid’s zone at the base camp with activities and attractions for the young zombie survivors to enjoy. There is also a special trail for kids to run where there will be no zombies to frighten them. This trail is entirely sectioned off from the scary adult trail. It will feature an exercise where the kids are tasked with running the course to find bottles of zombie antivirus to stop the spread of the disease.

A percentage of the proceeds support Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden to assist in increasing awareness about native plant life and sustainable habitats. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Red Cross are among the other charitable organizations that will be beneficiaries of this event. Please join us in showing support for these great organization and we will make sure you have fun doing it!

Claremont Folk Festival - May 30 - Special Ticketed Event

32nd Annual Claremont Folk FestivalCFF 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - Gates open 10 a.m.

Tickets: On Sale NOW!

General Admission and VIP Seating tickets are available. Children 12 and under are admitted free, except in the VIP section. VIP tickets are limited and the price includes prime reserved seating and VIP lanyard. VIP tickets must be purchased for children.

  • General Admission: $35 
  • RSABG Member: $30 (with Discount Code; please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and membership number to receive the code or call 909-625-8767 ext. 221)
  • VIP Tickets: $100

CLICK HERE to Purchase Event Tickets online (online ticketing through Brown Paper Tickets; nominal service charge may apply - Select 'Enter a Password or Discount Code' where indicated to enter your discount code if an RSABG member)

Tickets may also be purchased IN PERSON at the Folk Music Center in the Claremont Village.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is proud to welcome the Claremont Folk Festival back for its 32nd exciting year of live music, an artists’ village, music and art workshops, great food and children’s entertainment. The Claremont Folk Festival is presented by the Folk Music Center and Museum, a Claremont nonprofit organization.

Only event ticket holders will be admitted to the Garden on May 30. Festival attendees can also visit the Butterfly Pavilion at NO CHARGE from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Gourmet food trucks, local microbreweries and area caterers will provide food and drinks. Local artists will be selling art, musical instruments and more.

Featuring...
The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience & Blind Boy Paxton

A one hour mandolin class offered by David Grisman will offered with an additional fee (see online ticket purchasing for additional information)

Musical Performers:
The David Grisman Blue Grass Experience, Blind Boy Paxton, Dustbowl Revival, Tom Freund, Francisco Gonzalez, Perla Batalla, Claremont Allstar Polka Band, Peter Harper, Ross Altman, River and Rose, Fivacious

Music and Art Teachers:
Kevin Marin, Steve Goode, Leigh Adams, Ray McNamara, Ross Altman, Kent Besocke, Chris Wahl, Bob Hurton, Phoebe Millerwhite, and Sue Bush

Workshops:
Polka Dancing, Israeli Dancing, Folklorico Dancing, Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Mosaic Studio, Drum Circle, Fine Art with the dA Center for the Arts, Children's Rhythms, Harmonica, Protest Songs, Fiddle, and more

Kids Passport Activities:
Song Quilt, Face Painting, Butterfly Pavilion, Sunflower Planting, Community Art and more

Local artists will be selling a variety of art, musical instruments and more. Gourmet food trucks and local micro-breweries (Dale Bros Brewery & Claremont Craft Ales) will provide food service in designated areas during the Festival.

The Garden is a living museum, much different from a park or other recreation area, so personal food and animals (with the exception of identified service animals) are not allowed. We do encourage bringing refillable water bottles for personal hydration.

This is a Rain or Shine Event. Sorry, no refunds.

Visit and Like the Claremont Folk Festival's Facebook page by clicking here.

A Garden of Verses: Poetry Day in the Garden - April 11

Poppy webApril 11, 2015, 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. 

For a list of poets scheduled to appear and read on April 11, please click here. Please note this list is growing - check back for updates!

California Native Food Symposium - November 14-15

Saturday, November 14, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and
Sunday, November 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.prickly pear   garton

More information coming soon!

Symposium Registration Pricing: 

Early Bird Registration through November 1, 2015:
Member: $45 / Public: $60 
 
Get registered before prices increase November 2, when Member registration will increase to $60 and Public registration will increase to $75
 
Registration includes: access to all presentations and scheduled events on Saturday, November 14, as well as free admission on Sunday, November 15 to enjoy native food preparations, tastings and the annual Acorn Festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities and presentations scheduled for the program include:
 

8 a.m. Registration with native food themed breakfast snacks

9 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr. Lucinda McDade, Executive Director, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Barbara Drake and Craig Torres

9:15 a.m. Presentation #1
It Will Live Forever: Traditional Yosemite Indian Acorn Preparation - Julia Parker
http://www.amazon.com/Will-Live-Forever-Traditional-Preparation/dp/0930588452

10 a.m. Presentation #2
Ethnobotany and the Center of the Universe - Christopher Nyerges has been actively involved with self-reliance and survival for over 40 years. He works with the non-profit, WTI, in survival research and education. He co-founded the School of Self-reliance, and since 1974 has taught thousands of students about wild food, survival, and self-reliance. He is the author of ten books, including "How to Survive Anywhere," and "Extreme Simplicity." He was the editor of Wilderness Way magazine for seven years. Thousands of his articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines. Besides continuing to actively teach, he does a weekly self-reliance radio show. He lives with his wife in Southern California.
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/foraging-california-christopher-nyerges/1116819401?ean=9780762786848

10:25 a.m. Break (30 minutes)

10:55 a.m. Presentation #3
California Chia, Beans and Berries: How Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and friends can help develop low-water foods for the future - Antonio Sanchez, Production Manager, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

11:20 a.m. Presentation #4
Contemporary Ethnobotany of Southern California Indians - Deborah Small / Rose Ramirez https://deborahsmall.wordpress.com/projects/000-ethnobotanical-calendar-2010-pdf/

12:05 p.m. Lunch (90 Minutes)
Book sales
Food samples
Enjoy lunch café presented onsite or head out to local restaurant (link here)

1:30 p.m. Presentation #5
Gourmet Wild Food Preservation - From fermentation to beers and pickles - Pascal Baudar from Urban Outdoor Skills
http://www.urbanoutdoorskills.com/wildfoodlab.html

1:55 p.m. Presentation #6
California Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Evergreen Huckleberries to Wild Ginger - Judith Larner Lowry, Author
http://www.amazon.com/California-Foraging-Flavorful-Evergreen-Huckleberries/dp/1604694203

2:40 p.m. Break (30 minutes)

3:10 p.m. Presentation #7
Daniel McCarthy, Malki Museum

3:40 p.m. Presentation #8
Chia Cafe Roundtable including keynote speaker Barbara Drake

Tovaave: From Mother Earth, Southern California Indigenous Cultural Education
The presentation will focus on the "historical genealogy" of cultural presentations beginning with the formation of Mother Earth Clan (Barbara Drake, Cindi Alvitre, Lori Sisquoc) in the late 1980s, their influence on field of Southern California Indian, cultural education, presentation and consultation.

Barbara Drake is a Tongva elder and co-founder of the Preserving Our Heritage: Native Foods Bank and Restoration Project, an intertribal collaborative project to promote the gathering, harvesting, preparation, and distribution of native foods, seeds, and plants. The goals for the project are to help to connect Native people to the plants and habitats that have sustained their ancestors for thousands of years, foster intergenerational ties, offer an opportunity to be of service to elders in Native communities, and revitalize cultural practices and traditions. Deborah Small wrote a small grant for the project, which was funded by Maren Peterson and Bryan Endress, conservation folks at the Wild Animal Park, helping the project use renewed gathering traditions to promote plant conservation and restoration to sustain both cultural traditions and native plant conservation. In addition, the project advocates traditional management as a viable conservation and restoration strategy.

Not too long after, "Chia Cafe" was a name coined by Barbara for an informal group of us who would gather/harvest and provide native food cooking demos and workshops to tribal communities and the general public. As a result, by default, this group also provided relaying the importance of cultural identity by reconnecting back to Mother Earth and developing relationships with the natural environment, thereby protecting, maintaining and restoring native plant communities and environments. Chia Cafe has reintroduced native plants as food, medicine and utilitarian traditional and contemporary uses to native communities and the general public. One of the ultimate goals of Chia Cafe is to provide access to natural "resources" for community harvesting and gathering of native plants.

4:40 p.m. Questions and Closing Comments

5 p.m. Social Hour and Happy Hour Drinks

Claremont Eclectic: A Tour of Six Local Gardens - April 19

Sunday, April 19, 1-4 p.m. Claremont Eclectic web

Check in begins 10 a.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (Tour Gardens are available for viewing from 1-4 p.m.)

Tickets are $20 per person

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 inventive Claremont landscaping, you won't want to miss this! The tour is Sunday, April 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. and the price of the ticket ($20) includes admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden on April 19 and one additional day pass (must be used within 30 days of event date). Ticket holders are welcomed to enjoy the Annual Wildflower Show event also occurring on April 19 at the Garden before going on the tour.

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, Claremont Heritage (located in the Garner House at Memorial Park), or Rio de Ojas and Vom Fass (located in the Claremont Village). If tickets remain available on the day of the event (April 19) they will be sold 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 19 (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 Sustainable Claremont Garden Club and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Tickets are limited, get yours today!

Butterfly Pavilion: May 9 - August 2

May 9 - August 2, 2015

The Pavilion is Open Daily 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed July 4)

Tickets: $2 per person in addition to standard Garden admission

Walk among and learn about native butterflies and the California native plants that they depend on for food.

See photos on our Facebook page from the Butterfly Pavilion at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

The Butterfly Pavilion at RSABG unites science education and hands-on fun for visitors of all ages. Hundreds of butterflies call the temporary enclosure home this spring and summer. Visitors can walk among the butterflies and caterpillars.

Adopt-a-Pollinator Program

You can help support the Garden, our Butterfly Pavilion, and our conservation, education, and research programs by adopting a pollinator at one of three levels: Sphinx Moth, Monarch Butterfly, and Anna's Hummingbird. [coming soon] Click here for more information about the Adopt-a-Pollinator program. You can also stop by the Garden Gift Shop, or contact the Development Office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (909) 625-8767 ext. 221.

 

Butterfly Release Party: August 2, 2015

Free Butterfly Pavilion Admission on Sunday, August 2! (Standard Garden admission fees still apply)

Beginning at 1 p.m. until all the butterflies are out and about, each family unit may escort a butterfly out of the pavilion and into the Garden. 

Visitors may notice many more butterflies flitting around the Garden following the release party!

 


As a steward of native plants of California, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden actively promotes the appreciation, understanding and conservation of native flora. Native plants are ideal for butterfly gardening because they provide food sources and in turn butterflies aid in flower pollination.

The 24’ x 36’ Butterfly Pavilion, erected near the Lantz Outdoor Classroom, is a temporary enclosure that combines science education and interactive fun for visitors of all ages. Visitors can walk among the butterflies and caterpillars as they feed. See caterpillars pupate into chrysalises and emerge as butterflies. The Garden is offering special educational workshops in conjunction with the exhibition to share how to nourish both common and threatened butterfly species in home gardens.

The discerning palate of caterpillars helps explain why so many butterfly species are threatened. The major cause of species disappearance in a given area is almost always habitat destruction and the elimination of the plants that they need to survive.

In spite of extensive urban sprawl, Southern California has many species of butterflies that are fairly abundant and easily attracted to flowers or food plants in local gardens.

Download butterfly information packet (PDF).

 

Teacher Open House

Our annual Teacher Open House will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from  9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Free Registration, Click Here 

  • 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
  • Complimentary refreshments including continental breakfast.

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 correlate with K - 8 Cross Curricular Common Core Standards for California public schools.

Read more about RSABG School Tours and Programs


  

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 Sundays, 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.

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.