Fall Planting Festival

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Members only: 8 -10 am

It's planting time for California native plants and we're celebrating! The seasonal opening of Grow Native Nursery includes several free lectures, including "Ethnobotanical uses of the Native Plants of California " with Nicholas Hummingbird at 11:00 am to 12:30pm and "How to Water Your Plants for Drought-Tolerant Establishment" with Carlos Ruiz at 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Lectures will be held in the Lenz Classroom. 

The Fall Planting Festival features:

  • Enormous native plant selection (check back for the inventory list)
  • Seeds
  • Free lectures
  • Native plant experts table 
  • Free Garden admission

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden has been selling California native plants since 1978. Don’t miss this ideal opportunity to purchase hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind natives and to get your gardening questions answered by friendly, experienced botanic garden professionals and volunteers. 

RSABG Acorn Members may purchase plants a day early! 

A special "personal shopper" evening pre-sale with light refreshments on Friday, October 20, exclusively for Acorn members: stay tuned for your invitation, or become an Acorn member today!



Things That Go Bump in the Night - October 13 & 14

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Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14, 2017

5:30 pm until 9 pm

Purchase Tickets for Friday, October 13 Here

Purchase Tickets for Saturday, October 14 Here

Things that Go Bump in the Night is a fun evening family event to observe and learn about plants and animals that are most active at night. Visitors follow Garden paths with a passport to visit interactive stations exploring the nocturnal world and its amazing critters.

This year's highlights include:

Live Owls brought to us by Wild Wings of California - Please note Wild Wings of California will be onsite until 8 p.m. each event evening. 

Live Wolves brought to us by Kimmi Kraus: Project Wildsong - Human and canine ambassadors of Project Wildsong dispel myths and misinformation about wolves and their behaviors by providing interpretation and education about the important role of wolves in the ecosystem.​ Please note Project Wildsong will be onsite on Friday night only.

Food Trucks will be available both nights.

An activity passport will be issued as visitors check in, and can be stamped at each station. 

  • Please, no Halloween costumes. This is not a Halloween-themed event.
  • Bring a flashlight. Nighttime lighting at the Garden is limited. Please don’t be one of the things that go bump in the night—bring a flashlight for each visitor and follow the designated event paths.
  • Picnic dinners in the California Courtyard are welcomed.
  • Restrooms and gift shop. The California Garden Gift Shop and restrooms will remain open throughout the evening.
  • Gates will open from 5:30 until 7 p.m. The admission kiosk will be staffed until 9 p.m.  Call (909) 625-8767 ext. 224 for more information.

Ticket Pricing

Adults: $7
Seniors (ages 65 or older), Students (with ID) and Children (ages 3-12): $5
Children under 3 are Free
Adults: $10
Seniors (ages 65 or older), Students (with ID), and Children (ages 3-12): $6
Children under 3 are Free

Library Exhibition: Wildflowers of the Western Deserts: The Photographs of Lustin E. Martindale

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Lustin E. Martindale (1886-1950) grew up in Indiana and settled in the Pasadena area of California in 1907. Martindale was a naturalist, photographer, and educator of art within the California State school system. He was known for his hand-tinted glass slides of California flora, which he sold commercially. He published his glass slides in book format in his photograph sales catalogs, as with The Wild Flowers of Southern California (1926), which includes seventy-one pages of his photographs.  Likewise, the Wildflowers of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts (1927), which is part of the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Library Special Collections and featured in this exhibit, lists item numbers of slides and photographs available for purchase. Martindale’s photographs have been published in numerous journal publications such as American Art Annual, Western Nature Science Series, as well as in An Illustrated Manual of California Shrubs (1939) by Howard E. McMinns.

The Martindale hand-tinted photograph prints on display in this exhibit are part of the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Library Special Collections. The RSA Library Special Collections holds one-hundred and one of Martindale’s photograph prints as well as well over one-hundred of his hand-tinted glass slides of plants and flowers.

The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Herbarium holds six plant specimens that Martindale collected between 1880 and 1928. Two of the Martindale specimens within the RSA Herbarium are types from the Liliaceae family (Lily): Fritillaria ojaiensis, photographs of which are featured here.

Wildflowers of Western Deserts; The Photographs of Lustin E. Martindale is curated by Brandy Watts, MFA, MLIS.

The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Library is open Monday through Friday 9am-5pm.

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.



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This project will fund the creation of four unique thorns - one for each of the major houses. We will cast multiple versions of each thorn to create a grove of these gigantic spikes that visitors can explore in the Garden. Real thorns will be 3D scanned, printed at huge magnification and then cast in glass. Each thorn will measure 36" in height and will be lofted off the ground and lit in spectacular fashion! If funded, we can create at least eight of these surreal sculptures!

Help us make Game of Thorns legendary and inspire people to connect with their environment through art. Choose your side on the botanical battlefield! Join a house; sponsor a legend.


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