Events & Programs


Classes at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's Community Education Department seeks to provide diverse educational experiences that will speak to a public, professional, and scholarly audience of many interests and expertise. With this goal in mind, we hope to bring our diverse community together in a discussion of how we relate to our environment, and in turn, how to better care for each other.

Family Origami Foldings





Join Carol Stevens of the Westcoast Origami Guild for family friendly origami lessons and fold your very own creations!

From 11 am -12 pm, Carol will provide a lesson suitable for grades K-2 (limited to 20 participants). Tickets available here:

From 12:30 pm - 2 pm, Carol will offer lessons that both grades 3-12 and adults will enjoy. Photo: Rising Peace by Kevin Box. Tickets available here:

$15 Public | $12 Members


Engineering Origami - SOLD OUT





Engineering Origami is sold out. To be placed on the wait list please email

In October, the Garden will present Origami in the Garden², an exhibition of larger-than-life origami creations by artists Jennifer and Kevin Box and their collaborators. The science behind this ancient practice has been inspiring Dr. Robert J. Lang for more than 50 years. As one of the world’s leading origami masters, and a collaborator with the Boxes for the past 10 years, he has shown that innovative solutions to engineering challenges—from air-bag design to expandable space telescopes—can be found in the principles of origami.

Photograph: Hero's Horse by Kevin Box and Dr. Robert J. Lang.

Dr. Lang will conduct two lectures about his work and offer special, small-group origami workshops following each lecture.

The first lecture, “Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes” will take place at noon and be followed by an origami workshop. Tickets here!

The second lecture, “From Paper to Steel: Origami in Other Media,” will take place at 3 pm and be followed by an origami workshop. Tickets here!

Tickets for each program are $10. A limited number of free tickets will be available to Scripps students. Please contact for details.

This program is presented in partnership with Scripps Presents and made possible in part by a grant from the City of Claremont's Community-Based Organization (CBO) Grant Program.


Ikebana with CA Native Plants





1 pm - 4 pm

Join Ikebana instructor Yumiko Kikkawa as she guides you through the ancient Japanese artform of flower arranging in this special demonstration and workshop. California native plants from the Garden will provide the palette for creating your very own Ikebana arrangement. Material fee included in the cost of the class.

Yumiko Kikkawa currently resides with her family in Arcadia, California teaching over sixty students the art of Japanese Flower Arrangement within the Southern California area. She has studied with the Japanese Ohara School of Flower Arrangement for the past 21 years, which has earned her a Associate 2nd Term Master’s within the Ohara School. Over the past couple of years,Yumiko’s passion for Ikebana has allowed her to teach at numerous venues such as the Arcadia Arboretum, Pasadena Gamble House, Arcadia Recreation Center, and the Downtown Credit Union.

$50 Public | $40 Members



Tickets for events are available for purchase at the Admissions Kiosk or online in advance. Ticket price includes parking and admission to the Garden. Limited tickets are available, advance ticket purchase is recommended. No refunds or ticket exchanges. Events are subject to change. In the event of cancellation due to weather, tickets are valid for one (1) complimentary admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden during regular business hours, expiring one year from date (not valid for special or ticketed events). or call (909) 625-8767 ext. 258 for more information.