Fall Planting Festival at Grow Native Nursery Claremont - October 4, 2014

October 4, 2014, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.fpf-sales-floor-image
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.

Click here to > Download plant list availability (Coming soon!)

 

 

The event will include a lecture series with 30-minute horticultural and landscape design talks at 10 a.m, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. and much more. Speaker line-up TBD and subject to change:

 

Garden Groove Summer Concerts

Thursday Evenings, June 26-July 31, 2014

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 California 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

Click here to buy season tickets online

Ticket Pricing

Individual event tickets:
Members: $6 adults; $3 seniors, students and children (3-12);
General public: $10 adults; $5 seniors, students and children (3-12)

Season tickets - get all 6 concerts for the price of 5 and avoid waiting in line!
Must be purchased by June 26.

Members: $30 adults, $15 seniors, students and children (3-12) for all six concerts
General public: $50 adults, $25 seniors, students and children (3-12) for all six concerts

Garden Groove 2014 Lineup

June 26: La Sirena y Orquesta Mar de Ashe -Eclectic variety of danceable Salsa, Latin Jazz, Bachata, Merengue and more!

July 3: Iliana Rose Band - Cuban Jazz
 
July 10: David Correa and Cascada - "Latin Guitar World Music"
 
July 17: Remember Then - A blast to the past musical tribute to rock and roll
 
July 24: The Blue Breeze Band - Motown R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz and Blues
 
July 31: Louie Cruz Beltran - An extensive repertoire from Brazilian style and Afro-Cuban rhythms, to a blend 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.

Gourmet Gourmet Catering Menu for Garden Groove coming soon!

The 2014 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.

 

Garden with a View - Sunday, May 4

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You are cordially invited Garden with a View at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m.

This year our annual fundraiser will focus on experiencing California native plants at the Garden. The event will be a progressive party including socializing, live music, refreshments, hors d'oeuvres, and silent and live auction, door prizes, behind-the-scenes tours, and sit-down dessert with champagne.

Tickets $100 RSABG members, $125 public
To register on-line click here.
RSVP requested by April 25

On-line Auction
This year's on-line auction features items that will be a part of the silent auction at the event. The on-line auction will close at the event. Click the link below to view this a sampling of this year's items and bid on-line today!  If you want to secure the item, chose the buy now price.

Go to the on-line AUCTION

Live auction preview coming soon

Become a sponsor or underwriter coming soon

Garden with a View Menu

Reception at the Horticulture Complex with live music and silent auction
Smoked gouda and carmelized onion quesadillas with salsa fresca and sour cream
Marinated grilled lime and garlic shrimp
Asparagus spears with Dijon prosciutto
Baked brie with black current preserves and pine nuts, baked in puff pastery; served with bread and crackers
Vegetarian eggplant and mushroom panini's
Beef bulgogi: marinated beef with a hint of fresh ginger, served on lettuce leaf cups
Spinach and mushroom tartlets
Chicken satey skewers with fresh pineapple
Italian hand rolled calzone: raost turkey, beef and ham, layered with mozzarella and marinara then baked in rosemary bread

Sit-down dessert at the California Courtyard with live auction
Medley of aged stilton, boursin, and gouda cheeses
Dessert trio: marscapone cheesecake, pear and amaretto triffle, and Nutella stack

Drinks
Wine, beer, and champagne
Water, lemonade, tea, and coffee

Thank you to our Sponsors!
(as of March 21)

Gold Sponsors

esri

Judith B. Friend

Silver Sponsors

Luzma & Thomas C. Brayton

Elin R. Dowd Consulting

Maria & Richard A. Grant Jr.

Beverly w. Maloof

Lucinda A. McDade & John Lundberg

monrovia

Muriel E. Poston

senhe seed co

Underwriters

DoubleTree2

Los Angeles County Fair Association

Marcia & Michael LaCour-Little

Mt. San Antonio Gardens

Native Designs by RSABG Volunteers

stone brewing co

Total Wine & More

Krista Von Stetten

Questions? Call us at (909) 625-8767 ext. 221 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

Gateways to the Communities

Gateways to the Communities Exhibition Opening Events Thursday, April 4 through Saturday, April 6

Free with Garden admission or membership.

An inspirational fusion of horticulture, science, conservation and art revitalizes the California Plant Communities at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

Step off the pavement onto a new trail designed to help you explore the diversity of plant life in California. Brightly painted arbors are your threshold—gateway—to plant community interpretative hubs along the Communities Trail.

Along this new loop path you can learn how each area will evolve so that RSABG may more effectively demonstrate California plant associations while also connecting horticulture, conservation and research.

Fifty-five acres make up the California Plant Communities at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

The California Plant Communities offer visitors a chance to experience the distinct regional association of plants that share growing conditions. But the communities are some of the least publicly appreciated areas in the Garden. Scott LaFleur, director of horticulture, is working to change that.

“I want to make the communities more understandable to visitors,” said LaFleur. “The Gateways to the Communities will help us tell the story of our collections and share information about the connections between botanical research and conservation horticulture.”

The Gateways project is a long-term undertaking and a critical aspect of RSABG master planning that involves reorganization of the California Plant Communities. The communities’ overhaul will help RSABG better convey plant diversity and adaptations within specific geographical boundaries such as the California islands, Baja California and scrub communities.

It will rearrange the communities and gardens to put the right plant in the right place, while preserving accessioned plants that cannot be moved. Following the Master Plan, The Gateways project creates the Communities Trail, a main loop around the California Plant Communities with educational signs and occasional respite with shade, water and plant and communities information.

More than a dozen arbors donated to RSABG will soon become the thresholds—gateways—to each plant community. The brightly colored arbors will be interpretative hubs along the Communities Trail and will offer visitors an opportunity to experience the creativity and ingenuity of the RSABG horticulturists who in addition to caring for the Garden’s beautiful plant collections are creating amazing environmental art in the California Plant Communities.

Listen to an audio tour of Gateways to the Communities.

Guided Tram Tour - Third Sundays

Third Sunday of every month, 10 a.m.

First come, first served. Seating is limited.

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 after 8 a.m., at the admission kiosk the day of the tour. Tickets $5 per person; ticket required in addition to standard Garden admission or membership.


 

Mother's Day Champagne Brunch and Lunch - May 11

Sunday, May 11, 2014 

Brunch seating begins at 8:45 a.m.

Brunch served at 9:30 a.m. 

Lunch seating begins at 12:00 p.m.

Lunch served at 12:30 p.m.

This year, our Mother's Day Champagne Brunch and Lunch events are nestled among our new Wonders of Wildflowers Exhibit in the California Natives Container Garden. Sit amid a display of thousands of wildflowers for an unforgettable experience during this one of a kind exhibit.

Seating is limited for this exclusive annual event celebrating mothers. You'll enjoy fantastic food, superb table service and a dining atmosphere only possible at California's Native Garden; listen to live acoustic music and don't forget the giveaways we have in store for Moms at each table. Tickets inlcude free Garden admission and tickets to our popular Butterfly Pavilion for your party on Mother's Day. The Butterfly Pavilion is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Complimentary tram service to and from the venue will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. for Brunch and 11:30 for Lunch.

Tickets:

Member: Adult $48 Member Child (3-12) $30
Public: Adult $65 Child (3-12) $40

Enjoy live music, artist to be determined.

Advance tickets are required - the event will sell out. Final menu TBD and does include child-friendly and vegetarian options. Please note the RSABG member discount - to view membership options and to become a member, click here

Click here to order BRUNCH Tickets

Click here to order LUNCH Tickets

Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Final Brunch and Lunch Menus to be determined

Preset:

Entrees and Sides:

Age 12 and under:

Dessert Buffet:

Beverages:

National Public Gardens Day - May 9 Free Admission Day

Free Garden admission 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Behind-the-Scenes Open House opportunities
10 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Join Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden for this special day of celebrating the environmental stewardship, conservation, and education efforts put forth by botanical gardens around the nation.

The day will feature open house-style, behind-the-scenes looks at our diverse collections and areas not generally accessible to the public. When you arrive for this free admission day, visit our orientation station to learn how you can get behind the scenes. Follow signs to specific locations and learn first-hand about the work being done at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden experts will highlight the important work done here on a daily basis.

Behind-the-scenes Open House Opportunities
10 - 11:30 a.m., 1 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Herbarium
  • Molecular Laboratory with Loraine Washburn, Laboratory Manager and Conservation Botanist and Botany Program Graduate Students
  • Library and Archives
  • Seed Conservation Program with Evan Meyer, Seed Conservation Program Manager
  • Nursery and Greenhouses with Valentin Arvizu, Plant Propagator

Garden Walking Tours
Start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Join us for a 75-minute guided walking tours of the Garden including our Wonders of Wildflowers exhibit in the California Container Garden. The tours depart from the front patio of the Garden Shop. The walking portion of the tour is approximately one mile.

 

National Public Gardens Day was established by the American Public Gardens Association in 2009 and celebrates the vital role public gardens play in communities and highlights the environmental stewardship, conservation efforts and educational programs undertaken by public gardens across the nation. National Public Gardens Day is sponsored by American Public Gardens Association and Rainbird. See our listing here for an admission voucher.

 

Steve Comba: ARBORETUM - April 26-July 13

Steve Comba, Detail from ArboretumApril 26 through July 13, 2014

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

Included with standard admission or membership. Claremont Museum of Art Members receive free Garden admission with proof of membership during the exhibit.

Click here for exhibit photos (coming soon)

A Claremont Museum of Art exhibition takes you through the artist's process in creating the 8 foot painting, Arboretum.

Follow the artist's process in creating the 8 foot painting, Arboretum, an autobiographical journey through his own work in landscape as well as a treatise on the artificial nature of painting and the objective beauty of Nature.

"This painting was a six-month journey through my archive of landscape imagery. Going back as far as 1986 (the year I received my M.F.A. from the Claremont Graduate University) I gathered photographs, sketches, images from earlier paintings, and some new material into a box. On a regular basis throughout the timeframe of the painting I would reach in, choose an image and insert it into the composition. The painting was completed when I could no longer see a place to fit another image.

It is an autobiographical work in that each and every image is a "marker" of both time and place in my own personal artistic history. Yet I also hope that it holds an interest for the viewer for the same reasons it held mine: exotic time, strange relationships and the recognition of the depth and profound beauty of nature."

-Steve Comba

Steve Comba Arboretum 2011 Oil on canvas 20x84 WEB small

Teacher Open House - August 16

August 16, 2014, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Free RSVP Here

RSVP by August 16. Reserve your spot online or send an email with your name, school name and district to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Free Garden admission for school teachers and administrators and their immediate family.
  • Explore school tour and program displays; complete your passport to be eligible for great prizes!
  • Reserve field trips. Spring reservations fill up quick. Bring your calendar to schedule a fun and educational trip for your students.
  • Stay an hour or stay all day
  • Great prizes and giveaways
  • Free refreshments

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden offers walking tours and programs that include activity stations to help educate students about the Golden State. Tours and programs convey the importance of native plants, cultures of indigenous people and natural history of California. RSABG tours and programs align with life science and history/social science content standards for California public schools.

Read more about RSABG School Tours and Programs

 

Upcycle: The Sculpture of LT Mustardseed - April 5-September 28

April 5 through September 28, 2014Passion-flower - web detail

Included with standard admission or membership. Sculptures are exhibited throughout the grounds.

CLICK HERE for photos of LT Mustardseed and samples of her work 

The Garden is thrilled to welcome the art and sculpture of LT Mustardseed for this special exhibit! LT Mustardseed is a full time working designer and sculptor native to Los Angeles. She has successfully created numerous public and private art commissions. LT's sculptures will be on display throughout Garden grounds April 5 through September 28 for our members and guests to enjoy.

Sculptures range from a gigantic, 20-foot Dragonfly and massive Demoiselle to a 6-foot hummingbird, larger-than-life "Harley Bird", mechanical passion flowers (pictured above, in detail), fire-breathing pitcher plants, whimsical animals and fanciful creations.

April 4, 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. RSABG Member Preview and Reception with LT Mustardseed.
Sponsored by Some Crust Bakery.

Artist notes and statements:

LT in Studio - web"When appropriate I recycle everyday objects into bold, colorful and playful images. Nature themes are often re-occurring in my work. I love working with various types of metals, the metallurgy, the material, its movement and form.

My use of machinery and custom paint finishes honor the traditions of our past generations, as well as creating unique works of art that represents our own time and place. I like to integrate industrial design elements such as artistic site furnishings, creative bike racks, and lighting. I have experience working with the best design teams in Los Angeles, including Structural Engineers, Architects, Landscape Architects, City planning, and the MTA.

Design aesthetic, long-term durability and quality are paramount to my process.

I have full fabrication capabilities in studio and am a licensed LA-City Certified welder. Possibilities of creations are endless. I am Veteran of Desert Storm and a self-taught, non-institutionalized artist.

I have been practicing artistic expression since childhood. At age 5 I wanted to be a photographer then a painter. Meanwhile collecting tools from Grandpa Mason, building anything and everything; each summer was a new conquest.

It wasn't until my late 20's that Artistic expression became full time. Designing and creating is what makes me the most happy, from then on I believed in realizing my dreams are possible."

"If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." -Matthew 17:20

-LT Mustardseed

LT 2014 Salute - web