Free Garden admission 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Behind-the-Scenes Open House opportunities
10 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Join Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden for this special day of celebrating the environmental stewardship, conservation, and education efforts put forth by botanical gardens around the nation.
The day will feature open house-style, behind-the-scenes looks at our diverse collections and areas not generally accessible to the public. When you arrive for this free admission day, visit our orientation station to learn how you can get behind the scenes. Follow signs to specific locations and learn first-hand about the work being done at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden experts will highlight the important work done here on a daily basis.
Behind-the-scenes Open House Opportunities
10 - 11:30 a.m., 1 - 2:30 p.m.
- Molecular Laboratory with Loraine Washburn, Laboratory Manager and Conservation Botanist and Botany Program Graduate Students
- Library and Archives
- Seed Conservation Program with Scott LaFleur, Director of Horticulture
- Nursery and Greenhouses with Valentin Arvizu, Plant Propagator
Gateways to the Communities Tours
Start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Join us for a 90-minute guided walking tour of the new "Gateways to the Communities" exhibit in the California Plant Communities. The tours depart by tram to the starting point in the Communities from the admission kiosk. Horticulturist Dago Lopez will lead guests along the newest Garden trail system and highlight the themes of this engaging new exhibit. The walking portion of the tour is approximately one mile.
Ethnobotany Seminar, Arnold Clifford
12 p.m., East Classroom, RSABG Administration Building
Arnold Clifford of the School of Science, Math and Engineering at San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico, disucces ethnobotany, especially as related to the American Southwest and the Four Corners Region.
Clifford is the associate editor of the Bolack San Juan Basin Flora Project, field botanist and a member of the Dine' (Navajo) Tribe, a native of Beclahbito, New Mexico and the Carrizo Mountain Range. His expertise is in the flora of the Navajo Nation, particularly that of the Four Corners Region.
National Public Gardens Day was established by the American Public Gardens Association in 2009 and celebrates the vital role public gardens play in communities and highlights the environmental stewardship, conservation efforts and educational programs undertaken by public gardens across the nation. National Public Gardens Day is sponsored by American Public Gardens Association and Rainbird.