The library staff and volunteers at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden are pleased to announce a series of presentations by published or soon-to-be-published authors. The California Author Series is free with standard Garden admission.
The library hours are: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, please call (909) 625-8767 ext. 210.
June 9, 11 a.m.
Tyler Nordgren, "Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks"
In “Stars Above, Earth Below,” Tyler Nordgren uses a photo essay approach to examine the connection between astronomical topics and the landscapes of U.S. national parks. Nordgren's book is both a personal guide and scientific exploration into the deeper meaning for the astronomical phenomena on view in the night sky above national parks. Professor Nordgren teaches physics at the University of Redlands. Nordgren's faculity page.
May 5, 2012, 11 a.m.
Helen Popper, "California Native Gardening: A Month-by-Month Guide"
Please join us for the next California Author Series presentation at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, featuring Helen Popper. Popper’s recent book, "California Native Gardening: A Month-by-Month Guide" is the first month-by-month guide to gardening with native plants in a state that follows a unique, nontraditional seasonal rhythm. Her book provides detailed, calendar-based information for both beginning and experienced native gardeners.
Popper explains, "The contents of the book reflect many lifetimes of experience. The information is culled from years of monthly meetings of the California Native Plant Society’s local ‘Gardening with Natives’ interest group. The group is made up of professionals and avid amateurs, including many who have been gardening with natives since the 1960s.” Popper has carefully assembled their thoughtful observations, added a few of her own, and this book is the result.
The author is an ardent native gardener and an economics professor at Santa Clara University. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Following the presentation, visit the Library's used book sale, hosted by library staff and volunteers with proceeds benefiting ongoing library programs. The Free Native Plant Clinic will be held on the same day at Grow Native Nursery Claremont from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
New Library display: The Beauty of Wildflowers will feature books and prints from the RSABG library collection, focusing on wildflowers from California and the world.
February 11, 2012, 11 a.m.
The first in this series features Tom Sitton, author of “Grand Ventures – the Banning Family and the Shaping of Southern California.” Sitton is the former head of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He has written several publications about Southern California political history. His most recent book, “Grand Ventures”, will be the focus of his presentation, Saturday, February 11 at 11 a.m., in the East Classroom.
After the presentation, the library is hosting a Library Open House, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., with tours of the special collections and archives room.
The author talk series and library open house are free with standard Garden admission.
In collaboration with the Family Bird Fest, February 19, the library’s current rare book display “Birds in Print—Words and Pictures,” highlights several of RSABG's beautiful bird books and original paintings from the special collections.