Plein Air Art Festival - April 16

April 16, 2016, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Included with Garden admission

The Plein Air Arists of Riverside will paint throughout the Garden for the opening day of the Wildflower Show. Their work will be on display in the gallery, and for sale, following the festival.

 

Wildflower Show - April 16-18

Matulionis Wildflower Show (2015)

April 16-18 Annual Wildflower Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free with Garden admission or membership.

April 18 Wildflower Show Senior Day
Free Garden admission, complimentary walking and tram tours for guests over the age of 65.

Our Annual Wildflower Show centers around an amazing display of California Wildflowers gathered and on display in the East Classroom, featuring:

Southern California wildflowers gently collected and brought indoors for an intimate viewing at the Wildflower Show, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Intimate educational experiences within the wildflower display room from the experts, featuring plant families and collection sites.

Research projects underway by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden graduate students and scientists to document the rich flora of Southern California. 

The Garden wildflowers. From Fay's Wildflower Meadow to Ceanothus and Salvia across Indian Hill Mesa, the Garden is in full bloom.


 

A tradition since the early 1930s, the Wildflower Festival is Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's longest-running seasonal event and coincides with our state-recognized California Native Plant Week, (the third week of April each year)

Over the years, the show has offered an opportunity for visitors to view flowers of species that they may not have otherwise been able to see. Flowers are gently prepared, carefully identified and exhibited indoors.

The week proceeding the show, teams of RSABG staff, volunteers and research associates undertake spring collecting trips to sites where studies to document the flora are underway, adding to scientific knowledge of these poorly known places and sharing the beauty of California wildflowers with Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden visitors. The geographically-diverse approach offers a diverse variety of species gathered and creates a beautiful and educational display.

The flower species collected are dependent upon many factors, including seasonal rainfall. This variability produces a tremendous variety of flower species every year. After the wildflower show, many of the specimens are made available for research and education for RSABG staff and students, others are offered to local botany classes for study and the flowers in suitable condition may be preserved in a collection for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

And as a reminder, we hope you are able to take the time to visit local wildflower habitats, but please do not collect plants from the wild.