Locally Grown: A Future for Native Foods

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Enter into a farmer's market of the future, where California native plants are an integral food source in homes and restaurant kitchens. California flora offers a new paradigm of sustainability, environmental restoration and incredible flavor in future food production. This Container Garden exhibition will explore new agricultural models, tasty cultivars, native recipes, and more. Discover over 50 plants that offer visions for our agricultural future in California, as well as present-day examples to try at home. 


Garden Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free with standard admission or membership. 

Exclusive Opening Night for Members Only:

October 21, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Luminaria Nights

Luminaria 2011 - photo by Marge RohrFriday & Saturday evenings, December 9-10 and 16-17, 6-9 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.


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 2016 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: $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.




On Location: California Native Plants in the Movies

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Did you know that some say Hollywood is named for the native toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), that covers the hills of the world's movie capital? In this exhibition where botany meets the box office, learn how California native plants have shaped movie culture, from Vertigo to Star Wars. 

At this special exhibition, discover film stills, posters and other memorabilia from over 30 titles that spotlight California's cast of native floral characters. This exhibit will be showcased in the Art Gallery and in the Garden. 

Art Gallery Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Garden Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free with standard admission or membership. 


Exclusive Opening Night for Members Only:

August 19, 5:00 - 7:00 pm