November 15 and 16, 2013, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Native American dancers, singers, artisans and tribal leaders join us to celebrate our connections with California native plants. Fall is a time of harvest and festivities for Southern California Indians. The live oak (Quercus agrifolia) was an important and major food source.
This event is free with Garden admission. Some activities require a small materials fee.
Special offer for teachers! Free admission to the Garden on November 15 and 16. Current teachers who present a valid California I.D and a school ID or copy of a paystub within the last 30 days. This offer is valid for teachers currently teaching grades K through 12 and does not extend to family members or guests. Many of the activities of Acorn Festival are closely aligned with the Native Partners program at RSABG (read more about Native Partners).
Cross Sections of a Landscape - a photographic series
Detail shots of native flora transformed into images of otherworldly, macro landscapes. Right: Hora de Oro (Golden Hour of Light) archival pigment print.
Burgess comments, "Intellectually, my work is located at the intersection of art, botany and conservation biology with a focus on drought-tolerant California native flora. Although not overtly political, my work raises questions about habitat conservation and water as the new black gold. I am deeply involved in the California native plant movement."
Exhibition runs August 2 through November 2, 2014
Gallery open to the public daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission to the gallery is included with standard admission or membership. The gallery is located just east of the Gift Shop in the main administration building. Click here to download the artist's statement.
Selected images from the exhibition are below.
Vermilion, archival pigment print
Orange Puff, archival pigment print
Crystalline, archival pigment print
October 4, 2014, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Members only, 8 -10 a.m.
Buy beautiful California native plants at Grow Native Nursery’s season opening spectacular.
The Fall Planting Festival at Grow Native Nursery at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden will showcase thousands of California native and water efficient plants, many propagated from our own collections and not available anywhere else. Proceeds support Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden programs. Access to Grow Native Nursery is always free.
The Fall Planting Festival features:
Enormous native plant selection
Seeds and bulbs
RSABG research plants
Decorated Grapevine wreaths (photo album)
Native plant experts table
Free Garden admission
Beer and wine available for purchase
Click here to > Download plant list availability
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.
Free lectures & workshops!
10:00 a.m. Traditional and Medicinal Uses of Native Plants, Nicholas Hummingbird (20 min)
10:30 a.m. An Embarrassment of Riches: Choice Plants for Southern California Gardens, Carol Bornstein (45 min)
11:30 a.m. TBA
Noon Life After Lawns, Molly Bogh (45 min)
1 p.m. Traditional and Medicinal Uses of Native Plants, Nicholas Hummingbird (20 min)
Live musical entertainment:
Modal Tease String Band 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Gourmet food truck: Peaches' Smokehouse & Southern Kitchen
RSABG Acorn Members may purchase plants a day early!
A special "personal shopper" evening pre-sale with light refreshments on Friday, October 3, exclusively for Acorn members: stay tuned for your invitation, or become an Acorn member today!
Free Family Bird Walk, hosted by Wild Birds Unlimited
Saturday, October 25, 8 a.m. (Walk lasts approximately 1.5-2 hours)
Space is limited to 15 guests.
Free Registration Required. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Join Chris Verma of Claremont's Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly, free bird walk along Garden trails. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring any bird guides you have and binoculars if you have them.
This special walk is provided by Wild Birds Unlimited of Claremont. There are no fees required to participate, however a free reservation is required.
September through June; First Sunday of each month, beginning 8 a.m.
Free reservation; CLICK HERE to make your free reservation.
Family Bird Walks are free to the public courtesy of our sponsor, Pomona Valley Audubon Society. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring any bird guide books you have and binoculars. Limited loaner binoculars may be available to use during the walk.
Take a leisurely walk through the Garden to see and hear the numerous bird species that migrate through the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire. Beginning and experienced birders are welcome to help find birds in the Garden. Our collaborative efforts usually produce a good variety of local birds, and we always have a great time!
Family Bird Walks are sponsored by the Pomona Valley Audubon Society. There are no admission fees, but a free reservation is encouraged. Visitors need not be an RSABG member to participate!
Also check out our popular Family Bird Festival held in February.
Guided Tram Tours
Third Sunday of every month, 10 a.m.
First come, first served. Seating is limited.
Advance tickets may be purchased online - CLICK HERE
Tours are 60-90 minutes in length.
See the plant communities of the California coast and Mojave Desert in an hour! The RSABG Guided Tram Tour offers guided exploration of the Garden’s northern 55 acres and highlights the beautiful and amazing diversity of the California Floristic Province.
Tickets are available in person at the admissions kiosk or online. Tickets $5 per person; ticket required in addition to standard Garden admission or membership.
Dec. *5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20; 6 - 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday nights.
*Friday, December 5 is members-only night.
New, expanded loop trail route! Over a half-mile of luminaria-lit trails.
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.
Plants Interact! Exhibit
Saturday, July 19 through Sunday, November 16
Gold Card Member Opening, Friday, July 18
Free with Garden admission or membership.
The Container Garden's new exhibit is an inspirational fusion of horticulture, science, and art that focuses on plants' interactions with their environment.
Step off the mesa path and learn about plants' interactions: reproduction and fruiting, grasses and wind pollination, succulents and water storage, and summer flowering plants. Each room in the Container Garden will focus on a different type of interaction with interpretive signage.
Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, 2014, 5:30 until 9 p.m.
Friday, October 17 is RSABG members-only night!
Come to Things that Go Bump in the Night and meet the owls, opossums, spiders and plants who rule the Garden at night!
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:
Wild Wings of California with several raptors including live owls! Please note Wild Wings of California will be onsite until 8 p.m. each event evening.
Poppy the opposum and her wildlife rehabilitator Janet Chaney - Because, of course, 'possums are awesome!
The World Famous Spider Show - In this very entertaining comedic "bug" show, children of all ages learn all about how spiders have adapted to catch their prey in different ways. Then, the kids' acting skills will be tested as some of them will become the spider and prey in a hilarious group of interactive theatrical "skits." This is fun for the whole family.
Kimmi Kraus returns with Project Wildsong to dispel myths and misinformation by providing interpretation and education about their live wolves, Ambassador Wolf Damu and Ambassador Wolf Cael, inspiring visitors with their beauty and with the truth about wolves.