Events & Programs

CLASSES

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.

Forget-me-nots to Waterleafs: An Introduction to the Families in Boraginales

Saturday

Apr

28

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Sunday

Apr

29

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Do you know your Waterleafs from your Forget-me-nots? Did you know Fiddleleafs are in their own family? The “Borages” (order: Boraginales) are a large and diverse plant group with a worldwide distribution. Different views have persisted regarding their classification, with some advocating recognition of a single, widely variable family, and others proposing several distinct families. However, advanced molecular approaches have dramatically changed our understanding of the classification of this group. This workshop starts with an overview of the plant families and Borage botanical terminology. We will work with herbarium specimens and fresh plant material in the classroom, looking both with the naked eye and through the microscope, and discuss key morphological characters relevant to family-level identification. We then cover some of the major families and representative genera in California. If time allows, we will finish with a review walk through the Garden. This workshop is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about Borages, but participants should have some knowledge of botany and terminology in order to get the most from it.

$150 Public | $125 Members

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Episodes in the History of Permafrost

Saturday

May

5

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3 pm - 5 pm

The thawing of permafrost under conditions of global warming has drawn attention to the fact that permafrost is not at all perma. Where did the idea of permafrost come from? Not many people are aware that the term is a translation of a Russian expression. Exploring the history of permafrost as an idea takes us into the history of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. In this intriguing talk environmental historian Pey-Yi Chu, PhD. will highlight episodes from this history, showing how ideas about a natural phenomenon were shaped by Russian colonization, Soviet industrialization, Marxist ideology, and the Cold War.

$5 per Person

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GNN Free Workshop: Creating a Butterfly Garden

Saturday

May

5

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10 am - 11 am

Learn how to attract native butterflies to your yard by planting and maintaining the plants they depend on! Add beauty to your yard and help foster local habitat for these amazing creatures.

Free!

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The Rose & The Thorn

Saturday

May

26

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10 am - 12 pm

Roses are one of the major clans in the Game of Thorns, and for good reason too - they have been used as powerful symbols among family crests, royal dynasties, and world religions for centuries. The history of roses is one that spans the breadth of world history, carried across continents and oceans, and used from humble home and monastery gardens to the spaces of powerful governing bodies. This talk with CGU history graduate student and RSABG Education Assistant, Diana Nightingale, will give you an insight into these global linkages and symbolism of the rose so powerful they touch all corners of our lives today.

$15 Public | $10 Members

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terms

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). Email:advancement@rsabg.org or call (909) 625-8767 ext. 258 for more information.