A Garden of Verses: Poetry Day in the Garden - April 30

Poppy webApril 30, 2016, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Experience poetry in the Garden and celebrate National Poetry Month

California poets welcome the season and National Poetry Month by sharing poems that celebrate our Garden, all gardens, nature and the environment of this fragile earth and out into limitless space.

Come and stroll the Garden's paths anytime throughout the event time to enjoy the art of the spoken word performed by poets in the Garden. They will be stationed at various locations around the Garden's Mesa Loop Trail.

Poetry books will be available for sale at the Poetry Stations and in the Garden Shop. Get yours signed by the author!

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events. 

For a list of poets scheduled to appear and read on April 30, please click here [link coming soon!]. Please note this list is growing - check back for updates!

A Living Legacy: the Collections of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

March 14 - June 28, 2015Legacy Exhibit shot

Gallery open to the public daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Included with standard admission or membership. 

This exhibition explains Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's involvement in California botany and plant conservation through items from our five collections: 

  • Living Collection
  • Herbarium
  • Library
  • Seeds
  • Archives

Specially selected items from all five collections--historical photographs, journal entries, illustrations, rare books, herbarium specimens, seeds and seed processing equipment, and significant plants--are on display.

 

 

Art in the Garden - June 6

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Art in the Garden
Saturday, June 6, 2015, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

A full-spectrum of art offered for display and sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. The annual art exhibition showcases the artwork of California artists along the trails of Indian Hill Mesa. Visitors can view the artists' diverse range of media and techniques, watch demonstrations and meet the artists. Art purchases help support RSABG.

  • Saturday includes a special member benefit, FREE admission to the Butterfly Pavilion on June 6.
  • The public is also welcome to visit the Butterfly Pavilion; tickets are $2 per person (children under 3 are free).
  • Guests will also receive 2 complimentary tickets to the Butterfly Pavilion with each Art in the Garden art purchase, valid for use through August 2 (limit 2 per transaction).
Are you an artist interested in participating in the event?
If so, email Eric Garton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information and an application to display and sell your work.

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Blue Star Museum Days - May 23-September 7

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) is a proud participant in the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission for active-duty military and their families between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day.

Complimentary admission begins Saturday, May 23, and will continue through Monday, September 7, 2015, and includes all active-duty US military personnel and/or their immediate family members (military ID holder and/or up to five immediate family members). The RSABG is also extending the free Garden admission to veterans (admission fees still apply for veterans' family members).

To receive free admission to the Garden, bring your current military identification or family member identification or veteran identification card to the Garden's admission kiosk. The Blue Star Museum free admission offer does not include special summer events at the Garden including admission to the Butterfly Pavillion and Garden Groove summer concerts. Admission to all RSABG summer events is available with purchases of standard event ticket pricing.

The Blue Star Museum program recognizes the efforts and commitment by military personnel and includes active-duty National Guard and reserve officers. The nationwide project is coordinated by Blue Star Families, a non-partisan, non-profit that sponsors morale and empowerment programs for military families and raises public awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life. The Blue Star Museums is a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and more than 1,300 museums to offer free admission to all active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015.

The complete list of participating Blue Star Museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

For more information about Blue Star Families is available at www.bluestarfam.org.

Butterflies and Brews - Wednesdays in July, 5-8 p.m.

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Tickets: RSABG member $10, public $15

Purchase Advance Tickets HERE

Ticket includes one beer (additional beverages may be purchased)

A new event for guests 21 and up.

Local musicians provide the soundtrack to the Garden and the Butterfly Pavilion. Learn fun facts while you walk among the butterflies and enjoy a cold beer on these warm summer nights.

Ticketed guests receive one free beer and light snacks; additional beer may be purchased for $5. 

The fine print: 

  • Ticket price includes evening admission, admission to the Butterfly Pavilion, and one complementary beer. Additional beverages may be purchased. Free parking. 
  • Garden remains open until 8 p.m.
  • Must be 21 or older to attend and must show proper identification. No exceptions. Children will not be admitted even if parent or guardian is present. (Children may enjoy Wednesday extended hours in the Garden but will be excluded from the Butterflies and Brews beverage areas.) 
  • Purchase tickets at the admissions kiosk or charge by phone. No refunds or ticket exchanges. In the event of a weather-related event cancellation, tickets are valid for: 1) Entry to another Butterflies and Brews evening this season or 2) one regular Garden Admission, valid one year from date of cancelled event (not valid for ticketed events). No outside food, beverage or alcohol may be brought into the Garden.

 

Butterfly Pavilion: May 9 - August 2

May 9 - August 2, 2015

The Pavilion is Open Daily 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed July 4)

Tickets: $2 per person in addition to standard Garden admission

The Butterfly Pavilion at RSABG unites science education and hands-on fun for visitors of all ages. Hundreds of butterflies call the temporary enclosure home this spring and summer. Visitors can walk among the butterflies, caterpillars, and the California native plants that they depend on for food.

See photos on our Facebook page from the Butterfly Pavilion at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

 

CLICK HERE to Purchase Advance Tickets to the Butterfly Pavilion

 

Adopt-a-Butterfly Program

You can help support the Garden, our Butterfly Pavilion, and our conservation, education, and research programs by adopting a butterfly at one of three levels: Monarch, Western Tiger Swallowtail, and Sonoran Blue. You can stop by the Garden Gift Shop, contact the Development Office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (909) 625-8767 ext. 221, or text "RSABG" to 88588.

 

Butterfly Release Party: August 2, 2015

FREE Butterfly Pavilion Admission on Sunday, August 2! (Standard Garden admission fees still apply)

Beginning at 1 p.m. until all the butterflies are out and about, each family unit may escort a butterfly out of the pavilion and into the Garden. 

Visitors may notice many more butterflies flitting around the Garden following the release party!

 


As a steward of native plants of California, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden actively promotes the appreciation, understanding and conservation of native flora. Native plants are ideal for butterfly gardening because they provide food sources and in turn butterflies aid in flower pollination.

The 24’ x 36’ Butterfly Pavilion, erected near the Lantz Outdoor Classroom, is a temporary enclosure that combines science education and interactive fun for visitors of all ages. Visitors can walk among the butterflies and caterpillars as they feed. See caterpillars pupate into chrysalises and emerge as butterflies. The Garden is offering special educational workshops in conjunction with the exhibition to share how to nourish both common and threatened butterfly species in home gardens.

The discerning palate of caterpillars helps explain why so many butterfly species are threatened. The major cause of species disappearance in a given area is almost always habitat destruction and the elimination of the plants that they need to survive.

In spite of extensive urban sprawl, Southern California has many species of butterflies that are fairly abundant and easily attracted to flowers or food plants in local gardens.

Download "ECO-Handouts" packet from the Butterfly Pavilion (PDF).

Download CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS FOR BUTTERFLY GARDENS (PDF)

 

California Native Food Symposium - November 14-15

Saturday, November 14, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. andprickly pear   garton
Sunday, November 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

See the symposium website for speakers, schedule, and registration information. 

Symposium Registration Pricing: Early Bird Registration through November 1, 2015: Member: $45 / Public: $60

Purchase tickets online here

Prices increase on November 2  to $60 for Members and $75 for General Public

Registration includes: access to all presentations and scheduled events on Saturday, November 14, as well as free admission on Sunday, November 15 to enjoy native food preparations, tastings and the annual Acorn Festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tickets are non-refundable but transferable up to 24 hours before the symposium.

Claremont Folk Festival - May 30 - Special Ticketed Event

32nd Annual Claremont Folk FestivalCFF 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - Gates open 10 a.m.

Tickets: On Sale NOW!

General Admission and VIP Seating tickets are available. Children 12 and under are admitted free, except in the VIP section. VIP tickets are limited and the price includes prime reserved seating and VIP lanyard. VIP tickets must be purchased for children.

  • General Admission: $35 
  • RSABG Member: $30 (with Discount Code; please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and membership number to receive the code or call 909-625-8767 ext. 221)
  • VIP Tickets: $100

CLICK HERE to Purchase Event Tickets online (online ticketing through Brown Paper Tickets; nominal service charge may apply - Select 'Enter a Password or Discount Code' where indicated to enter your discount code if an RSABG member)

Tickets may also be purchased IN PERSON at the Folk Music Center in the Claremont Village.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is proud to welcome the Claremont Folk Festival back for its 32nd exciting year of live music, an artists’ village, music and art workshops, great food and children’s entertainment. The Claremont Folk Festival is presented by the Folk Music Center and Museum, a Claremont nonprofit organization.

Only event ticket holders will be admitted to the Garden on May 30. Festival attendees can also visit the Butterfly Pavilion at NO CHARGE from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Gourmet food trucks, local microbreweries and area caterers will provide food and drinks. Local artists will be selling art, musical instruments and more.

Featuring...
The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience & Blind Boy Paxton

A one hour mandolin class offered by David Grisman will offered with an additional fee (see online ticket purchasing for additional information)

Musical Performers:
The David Grisman Blue Grass Experience, Blind Boy Paxton, Dustbowl Revival, Tom Freund, Francisco Gonzalez, Perla Batalla, Claremont Allstar Polka Band, Peter Harper, Ross Altman, River and Rose, Fivacious

Music and Art Teachers:
Kevin Marin, Steve Goode, Leigh Adams, Ray McNamara, Ross Altman, Kent Besocke, Chris Wahl, Bob Hurton, Phoebe Millerwhite, and Sue Bush

Workshops:
Polka Dancing, Israeli Dancing, Folklorico Dancing, Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Mosaic Studio, Drum Circle, Fine Art with the dA Center for the Arts, Children's Rhythms, Harmonica, Protest Songs, Fiddle, and more

Kids Passport Activities:
Song Quilt, Face Painting, Butterfly Pavilion, Sunflower Planting, Community Art and more

Local artists will be selling a variety of art, musical instruments and more. Gourmet food trucks and local micro-breweries (Dale Bros Brewery & Claremont Craft Ales) will provide food service in designated areas during the Festival.

The Garden is a living museum, much different from a park or other recreation area, so personal food and animals (with the exception of identified service animals) are not allowed. We do encourage bringing refillable water bottles for personal hydration.

This is a Rain or Shine Event. Sorry, no refunds.

Visit and Like the Claremont Folk Festival's Facebook page by clicking here.

Free Family-Friendly Bird Walks

Birding at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Over 147 species of birds have been observed here at the Garden in Claremont. Join us for one of our free bird walks to learn more!

Bluebird. Photo by Grace Cho

September through June; First Sunday of each month, beginning at 8 a.m.

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.

Please call (909) 625-8767 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. The Pomona Valley Audubon Society’s newsletter “Chaparral Naturalist” is available at RSABG’s California Garden Shop.

 

 

 

Lesser Goldfinch

Third Saturdays, beginning at 8 a.m.

Space is limited to 15 guests.

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.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. For more information about Wild Birds Unlimited, or to learn how to how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home, visit Wild Birds Unlimited of Claremont.

 

For more information about birds and birding visit Pomona Valley Audubon Society and Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology's ebird.org.

Garden Groove Summer Concerts: Thursdays, June 25-July 30

Thursday Evenings, June 25-July 30, 2015

Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking and food service by Gourmet Gourmet Catering. Concerts begin at 7 p.m.

Enjoy the cool evening air at the Garden with a picnic, great music and good friends.

Gates open at 6 p.m. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. in the California Courtyard, adjacent to the Garden Gift Shop. Buy tickets online or at the gate. Ticket price includes parking and evening admission to the Garden. Limited tickets are available, advance ticket purchase is recommended. No refunds or ticket exchanges. Concert events are subject to change. In the event of cancellation due to weather, concert tickets are valid for one (1) complimentary admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden during regular business hours, expiring one year from concert date (not valid for special or ticketed events). Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (909) 625-8767 for more information.

Click here to buy INDIVIDUAL concert tickets online

Individual event ticket pricing:

Members: $5 (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)
**NEW** Gold Card & Acorn Level Members are FREE - Must show membership card at concert for complimentary admission.

Public: $8 (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)

Click here to buy discounted SEASON tickets online 

Season ticket discount pricing:

Members: $25 for all six concerts (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)

Public: $40 for all six concerts (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)

 

Garden Groove 2015 Lineup
 
June 25: The Blue Breeze Band - Motown R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz and Blues
July 2: La Sirena y Orquesta Mar de Ashe - Eclectic variety of danceable Salsa, Latin Jazz, Bachata, Merengue and more!
July 9: Remember Then A blast to the past musical tribute to rock and roll
July 16: Rushingwind and The Native Groove - Contemporary Native American Jazz, Folk and Blues
July 23: Doc Rock-It - The best dance hits from the 50's to the present in a wide variety of styles including rock, soul, funk, R&B and jazz!
July 30: Louie Cruz Beltran - An extensive repertoire from Brazilian style and Afro-Cuban rhythms, to a blend of R&B, Salsa, Reggae, Latin, Rock and Jazz

Refreshments!

You can purchase food and beverages from Gourmet Gourmet Catering in the California Courtyard the evening of each show. Bert and Rocky's will be selling cool treats. Menu to come!

The 2015 Garden Groove concert series is sponsored, in part, by Golden State Water Company.

Garden Walking Club - Saturday Mornings

Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.

Relieve stress, boost energy levels, improve health, track progress and enjoy the beautiful scenery of California’s native garden on your own or with the group. Participation is free (Garden admission fees apply); register at the admission kiosk.

 "Although I have been visiting the garden for many years, the Saturday walks are the best experiences I've ever had here."

~Ruth Crandall, San Dimas

About the Garden Walking Club

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Walking Club was created to provide members and frequent visitors with the opportunity to participate in a safe, healthy and educational walking experience while enjoying social enrichment, community building, and the wonders of the Garden.

Walking club promotes:

  • Physical and mental health
  • Enjoyment and appreciation of our natural environment
  • Awareness of one's surroundings, as well as ourselves

Walking club is free to join and participate in; register at the admission kiosk. Garden admission fees apply if participants are not RSABG members.

Group walks take place every Saturday beginning at 8:00 a.m. and are approximately 1 hour long, meeting at the admission kiosk. Walking club participants may walk any day or time (during regular business hours), individually or as a group. Informal group scheduling is encouraged. Don’t forget to log your time, distances and observations at the admission kiosk. Specially themed walks will be scheduled and announced via email and posted at the admission kiosk. For more information send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (909) 625-8767.

Track your route and distances using the guide and map available at the admission kiosk, as well as trail markers located around the main pathways of the Garden.

The Garden is laid out in three distinct areas:

Indian Hill Mesa Loop Trail: 0.5 mile around
(Or 0.7 mile total roundtrip distance from admission kiosk)

This loop trail highlights Indian Hill Mesa a large flat-topped hill of dense clay soils, heavily planted with mature cultivars and wild species of native plants. Traveling counter-clockwise along the trail you’ll pass the California Cultivar Garden, north mesa restrooms, Walter and Gracie Lantz Outdoor Classroom, California Natives Container Garden, Benjamin Pond and the California Garden Gift Shop and RSABG administration building.

East Alluvial Gardens Trail: 0.9 mile total roundtrip
(or 0.45 mile one direction)

This ‘out and back’ trail travels north from the admission kiosk along the East Alluvial Gardens found at the base of the eastern edge of the Indian Hill Mesa and includes the Desert Garden and the Coastal Dune and California Channel Islands collections. The trail passes the Tongva Village interpretive site and the Majestic Oak before terminating at the Plant Communities Loop Trail.

Plant Communities Loop Trail: 1.0 mile around
(Or 1.7 miles total roundtrip distance from the admission kiosk via the Indian Hill Mesa Loop Trail) (Or 1.9 miles total roundtrip distance from the admission kiosk via the East Alluvial Gardens Trail)

This loop trail is accessible from either the Indian Hill Mesa Loop Trail or the East Alluvial Gardens Trail. The northern 55 acres of the Garden are home to the Plant Communities with displays of some of our most impressive specimens in the entire collection. The large serene grove of Four-needle Pinyon, the spring-blooming California Flannel Bushes and distinctive jmlhua trees are found here.