The Rules of the Game (of Thorns): How plants defend themselves and fight back!

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Saturday, March 31, 9 am -12 pm

Just think of it: You're a plant, rooted to the ground, and some hungry animal is headed your way. How do plants "know" when they are under attack, and how do they protect themselves?

In this workshop, Loraine Washburn, PhD, RSABG Laboratory Manager and Conservation Botanist, (and interpreter of the Game of Thorns exhibit), will introduce you to the many ways that plants defend themselves in the face of threats from all kingdoms of life: insects, mammals, fungi, and other plants.

With a special focus on the defenses featured in the Game of Thorns exhibit, this experiential and interactive workshop will invite you to closely examine and contemplate plants both as prey and as defensive living organisms. We will focus first on plants in the exhibit, and then also walk in the Garden to gain appreciation of the many evolutionary pathways that have allowed California native species to defend themselves from their enemies.

$20.00 Public, $15.00 RSABG Members and Students with ID

Please meet at the Game of Thorns Exhibit in the Container Garden. Registration is required.

 

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If you need special accommodations, please contact Community Education Coordinator, Diana Nightingale at least three days prior to the talk at (909)-625-8767 ext. 251 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Grove of Thorns

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Game of Thorns: Grove of Thorns

Now through August 2018

Discover the weaponry of California native plants on massive scales in the Grove of Thorns! Part of the Game of Thorns exhibition, these giant crystalline thorns reveal the anatomy and eerie beauty of thorns, spines and prickles from battle-ready plants. Visit this surreal grove, free with general admission, now through August 2018. We thank our sponsors and community of Kickstarter backers that made this epic exhibition possible.

Game of Thorns, an outdoor exhibition at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, focuses on the art and armaments of botanical warfare. Over millions of years, endless duels between California native plants and their predators have given rise to the incredible thorns we see today. The exhibition features these living fortresses and showcases their weaponry through large-scale macro and microscope photography, gigantic sculptures, immersive exhibits and more. 

 

Exhibition Sponsors: 

Linda and Paul Des Marais

Braeger Construction Inc.

Gagnier Margossian LLP

Historic Inns of Twentynine Palms: 29 Palms Inn | Campbell House

Randall and Janell Lewis at Casa Rosa

Northern Trust

Yvonne Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kickstarter: Game of Thorns!

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This fall, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden will unveil "Game of Thorns," an exhibition focused on the art and armaments of botanical warfare. Over the course of millennia, endless duels between native plants and their predators have given rise to the incredible thorns we see today. The exhibit will feature these living fortresses and will showcase the weaponry of California's great botanical "houses" that defend themselves with honor, chief among them: House Agave, House Cactaceae, House Legume, and House Rosa.

This project funded the creation of eight glass thorns - including one for each of the major houses. Each thorn measures 36" in height, is lofted off the ground and lit in spectacular fashion!

It is not too late to support this project! Help us make Game of Thorns legendary and inspire people to connect with their environment through art. Every additional $1,000 will allow us to create another thorn for the Garden's exhibition. Choose your side on the botanical battlefield! Join a house; sponsor a legend.

Reinforcement Backers

For a limited time the below rewards are available for Reinforcement Backers.

$25 - Reinforcement Backer (you receive: thank you letter, one-time-use admission ticket for one person to the Garden to see the exhibit and one sticker (house of your choice)

$50 - Reinforcement Backer (you receive: thank you letter, one-time-use admission ticket for one person to the Garden to see the exhibit, suite of four stickers (one from each house).

$100 - Reinforcement Backer (you receive: thank you letter, two one-time-use admission tickets to the Garden to see the exhibit, suite of four stickers (one from each house).

$250 - Reinforcement Backer (you receive: thank you letter, two one-time-use admission tickets to the Garden to see the exhibit, suite of four stickers (one from each house), and invitation for two people to the VIP opening reception of Game of Thorns at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden).

$500 - Reinforcement Backer (you receive: thank you letter, two one-time-use admission tickets to the Garden to see the exhibit, suite of four stickers (one from each house), invitation for four people to the VIP opening reception of Game of Thorns at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and Game of Thorns t-shirt).

$1,000 - Reinforcement Backer (you receive: thank you letter, two one-time-use admission tickets to the Garden to see the exhibit, suite of four stickers (one from each house), invitation for four people to the VIP opening reception of Game of Thorns at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and Game of Thorns t-shirt).

 

Milford Zornes: The Claremont Years

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November 10 - February 22

10 am - 4 pm daily

Garden Art Gallery 

 

 

The Claremont Museum of Art presents paintings by Milford Zornes, a leader of the Califronia watercolor movement, with a focus on three decades when the artist lived and worked in Claremont. 

 

Curated by the Claremont Museum of Art | Sponsored by Curtis Real Estate