From Chia to Chokecherry - September 19

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. 

Luminaria Nights - December 11, 12, 18, 19, 20

Luminaria 2011 - photo by Marge RohrDecember 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.


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.

Things That Go Bump in the Night - October 23 and 24

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Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, 2015
5:30 until 9 p.m.

Purchase Tickets for Friday, October 23 Night Here

Purchase Tickets for Saturday, October 24 Here

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.

Ticket Pricing

Adults: $7
Seniors (ages 65 or older), Students (with ID) and Children (ages 3-12): $5
Children under 3 are Free
Adults: $10
Seniors (ages 65 or older), Students (with ID), and Children (ages 3-12): $6
Children under 3 are Free