Luminaria Nights

 

Friday & Saturday eveningsLuminaria 2011 - photo by Marge Rohr

December 8-9 and 15 -16

6 pm - 9 pm

Illuminated evening walks featuring live acoustic music, cookies and hot cider and more than 1000 glowing, candle-lit luminarias lighting a half-mile, accessible loop on Indian Hill Mesa. This year, adventure through our Grove of Thorns, an enchanting installation of giant, crystalline thorns. During Luminaria Nights, these larger-than-life sculptures, part of the Game of Thorns exhibition, will be unveiled and dramatically lit (viewable December 9, 15 and 16 for the general public). 

Who's Playing?

Friday, December 8th: Windsong Canyon, Gregg Young, Steve Rushingwind

Saturday, December 9th: Windsong Canyon, Gregg Young, Steve Rushingwind

Friday, December 15th: Windsong Canyon, Village Pipers, Steve Rushingwind

Saturday, December 16th: Windsong Canyon, Gregg Young, Steve Rushingwind

 

 

 

 

 

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Tickets may be purchased online hereTickets are available at the door, but this event does sell out. 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE our cancellation information:  In the event of event cancellation due to inclement weather, pre-purchased tickets may be used for either: one admission to another scheduled Luminaria Night date in 2017 OR one free general admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (excluding special, ticketed events and expiring one year from ticketed event date). There are no refunds on sales of Luminaria Nights tickets. If weather is questionable, please check back on Twitter (@rsabg) or THIS page on the event date for status updates.

Ticket Information

RSABG Members: $8 adults, $5 students/seniors/children, (children under 3 free)

Public: $10 adults, $6 students/seniors/children, (children under 3 free)

Garden admission fees do not apply for this special ticketed event.

 

Green Friday: Plant Sale & Free Day!

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Friday, November 24, 9 am - 4:30 pm

Refresh your garden and be outdoors instead of in the crazy Black Friday lines. Find great deals on California native plants and unwind after Thanksgiving with a free stroll through the Garden. #optoutside #plantsale #botanicalgarden

 

 

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).

 

Kumeyaay Ethnobotany - Author Talk

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Saturday, January 27, 3 pm -5 pm

Please join us for a pleasant, winter afternoon talk by Kumeyaay Ethnobotany author, Michael Wilkin-Robertson!

KUMEYAAY ETHNOBOTANY
Shared Heritage of the Californias

For thousands of years, the Kumeyaay people of northern Baja California and
southern California made their homes in the diverse landscapes of the region,
interacting with native plants and continuously refining their botanical
knowledge. Today, many Kumeyaay Indians in the far-flung ranches of Baja
California carry on the traditional knowledge and skills for transforming native
plants into food, medicine, arts, tools, regalia, construction materials, and
ceremonial items.


Kumeyaay Ethnobotany explores the remarkable interdependence between
native peoples and native plants of the Californias through in-depth
descriptions of 47 native plants and their uses, lively narratives, and hundreds
of vivid photographs. It connects the archaeological and historical record with
living cultures and native plant specialists who share their ever-relevant
wisdom for future generations.

Location: East Classroom, with a small, following reception on the Garden Gift Shop porch.

$5.00 Public, $5.00 RSABG Members

Registration is required. To register please visit our website or the front kiosk.

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.