Radiant Light

Radiant Light: Shadow Sculpture of California Native Plants

October 1, 2010 - January 17, 2011

Pamela Burgess' exhibition, “Radiant Light: Shadow Sculptures of California Native Plants,” is the first exhibition commissioned by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. 

Burgess says the installation is “all about the lifecycle of plants and in that way, it’s about the lifecycle of humans and all living creatures.”

The exhibition consist of 12 site-specific sculptures placed along the paths looping around Indian Hill Mesa from California Courtyard up to the Container Garden over to the Cultivar Garden. These forms, from large, dramatic installations to diminutive, sophisticated panels, highlight plants in the Garden. Photographic images of California native plants serve as the raw material. Transformed into digital prints on acrylics and textiles, each work represents the shadow cast by a botanical.

The artist begins her series with a tribute to the foundations of RSABG. The first sculpture “Bouquet for Susanna Bixby Bryant” is a collaboration with floral designer Cindy Cunningham, RSABG volunteer.

Burgess began construction of the experimental body of work last spring dividing her time between her Los Angeles studio and the Garden. Burgess is a 2010 Durfee Foundation Artist Resources Completion Grant recipient and Theodore Payne Foundation’s first artist-in-residence in 2008.

Slideshows of "Radiant Light" can be found on the RSABG Facebook page and photographer Carole Scurlock's flickr set.

Visit Pamela Burgess' website for more information www.pamelaburgess.com.

Radiant Light: Shadow Sculpture of California Native Plants

Exhibition viewing is free with standard Garden admission.

Native Landscapes: Diane H.

eHarmony and Californa Native Plants

It all started six years ago when I met my future husband on eHarmony. He took me on a hike in Southern Orange County. He’s a biologist specializing in Southern California botany.

It is such a treat going on hikes with him because he always points out and identifies the beautiful native flora and fauna on the trail. I learn so much about native plants when I’m out hiking with him; he opened up an exciting new world to me when he introduced me to California native plants!

I’ve always been an avid gardener and after we purchased our first home, we decided to start replacing the thirsty ornamental plants and parts of our lawn in our front and back yards with California natives.

I love the fact that we are able to provide habitat and food for the wild birds, butterflies and bees with the plants we incorporate into our landscape.

As an added bonus, our water bill has decreased considerably as a result of replacing the ornamentals with drought-tolerant California natives. We plan to continue incorporating many more natives into our landscape, our goal is to completely replace our front lawn and most of the back lawn.

My excitement for native plants is rubbing off on our neighbors too. They appreciate and enjoy the beauty and value of California native plants as they see them thrive in our landscape.

Diane H.
Placentia, Calif.

California native plants currently has thriving in their front and back yards:

Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
Galvezia speciosa 'Firecracker'
Rhamnus californica 'Mound San Bruno'
Sisyrinchium bellum
Artemisia tridentata
Artemisia californica 'Canyon Gray'
Artemisia pycnocephala 'David's Choice'
Abutilon palmeri
Salvia gregii
Carpenteria californica
Eriogonum fasciculatum
Muhlenbergia rigens
Isomeris arborea
Encelia californica
Eschscholzia californica
Clarkia unguiculata
Layia platyglossa
Achillea millefolium
Epilobium parviflorum
Nemophila maculata