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 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.
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.
Selected images from the exhibition are below.
Vermilion, archival pigment print
Orange Puff, archival pigment print
Crystalline, archival pigment print
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.
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! Exhibit
Saturday, July 19 through Sunday, November 16
Gold Card Member Opening, Friday, July 18
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.