April 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!
November 15, 2015, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fall is a time of harvest and festivities for the people of Southern California, as acorns from the live oak (Quercus agrifolia) were traditionally an important major food source. In honor of this, Native American dancers and tribal leaders join us to celebrate our connections with California native plants. (Dancers will demonstrate various dances intermittently throughout the day.) There will also be an artisans' marketplace.
The Acorn Festival takes place rain or shine!
This event is free with Garden admission. Some activities require a small materials fee.
See the symposium website for speakers, schedule, and registration information.
Symposium Registration Pricing: Early Bird Registration through November 1, 2015: Member: $45 / Public: $60
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 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tickets are non-refundable but transferable up to 24 hours before the symposium.
October 3, 2015, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Members only, 8 -10 a.m.
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.
Planning on buying a lot? Feel free to bring your own little wagon!
SATURDAY, October 3, The Fall Planting Festival features:
Enormous native plant selection (this list will grow)
Seeds and bulbs
RSABG research plants
Decorated grapevine wreaths, harvested from the Garden
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.
Thank you to our sponsors for the 2015 Fall Planting Festival:
RSABG Acorn Members may purchase plants a day early!
A special "personal shopper" evening pre-sale with light refreshments on Friday, October 2, exclusively for Acorn members: stay tuned for your invitation, or become an Acorn member today!
October 4, 2015, DRIP Expo by Sustainable Claremont, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Held at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
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!
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.
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.
From Chia to Chokecherry - September 19 through early 2016
Ethnobotany of California Native Plants
Free with Garden admission or membership.
The Container Garden's new interpretive exhibit focuses on traditional and modern uses of California native plants, particularly as used by local Native American groups. Learn about plants used for basketry, food, medicine, and more; see potted plants that you could grow on your own balcony or patio.
December 11, 12, 18, 19, and 20; 6 - 9 p.m.
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.
Click here for advance purchase online tickets. Tickets are avaialble 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 2015 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.
RSABG Members: $7 adults, $5 students/seniors/children, (children under 3 free)
Public: $8 adults, $6 students/seniors/children, (children under 3 free)
Garden admission fees do not apply for this special ticketed event.
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.
The Parasitic Insects Show - In this very entertaining comedic "bug" show, children of all ages learn all about parasitic insects.
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, and a new puppy ambassador.
Food truck on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. - The Lobos Truck
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.