Kendall Johnson: Johnson's Pasture: Living Place, Living Time - July 22 through November 1

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Kendall Johnson:

Johnson's Pasture: Living Place, Living Time 

July 22 through November 1

An acclaimed artist with deep roots in the Claremont community, Kendall Johnson’s work explores memory through modes of artmaking that are at once sensual and bold. His paintings, photographs and poetry often appear as wayfinding compositions, maps to points that are both known and unknown - a rerouting through one’s own personal history in a quest for both answers and new questions.

For his solo exhibition at the Garden, we have curated with Johnson a selection of his works from his series on Johnson’s Pasture. Those who encounter Johnson’s Pasture in the foothills north of Claremont find themselves in a wildland located between worlds, from the glimmering cityscape below to the towering San Gabriel mountains that rise dramatically above. An integral part of Claremont’s history, Johnson’s Pasture was purchased over half a century ago by Johnson’s great grandparents. This special place is a geophysical family tome to Johnson, imprinted with four generations of memories - including groves of carefully tended eucalyptus and pine trees, to worn paths made by family forays into the hillside that offered contemplative retreats from daily life. Now part of the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy, it stands as a testament to the beauty, value and necessity of wild space - where California native wildlife can thrive, including humans.

In this series, the artworks search through Johnson’s decades’-long relationship to the Pasture. They are invoked from distinct chapters of Johnson’s life when the meaning of Johnson’s Pasture and its wilderness meant different things: before and after serving in the Vietnam War, raising a family, serving as a crisis-management consultant during the tragedy of 9/11. Each distinguished piece draws on the solace that Johnson’s Pasture provided in these times. They speak to the power of wild as a restorative force, both for the very real ecological habitat it provides, as well as the emotional centering it offers when we feel lost.

Gallery open to the public daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Admission to the gallery is included with standard admission or membership.

Special opening reception for RSABG members on Friday, July 21, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. RSVP requested: please RSVP to the Advancement Office, (909) 625-8676 ext. 221, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fall Planting Festival + Free Day!

October 21, 2017, 10 am - 4 pmRSABG Fall Plant Sale 2015 14
Members only: 8 -10 am

It's planting time for California native plants and we're celebrating! The seasonal opening of Grow Native Nursery includes several free lectures, including "Ethnobotanical uses of the Native Plants of California " with Nicholas Hummingbird at 11:00 am to 12:30pm and "How to Water Your Plants for Drought-Tolerant Establishment" with Carlos Ruiz at 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Lectures will be held in the Lenz Classroom. 

 

Plant Inventory Available Here

The Fall Planting Festival features:

  • Enormous native plant selection (check back for the inventory list)
  • Seeds
  • Free lectures
  • Native plant experts table 
  • Free Garden admission

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden has been selling California native plants since 1978. Don’t miss this ideal opportunity to purchase hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind natives and to get your gardening questions answered by friendly, experienced botanic garden professionals and volunteers. 


RSABG Acorn Members may purchase plants a day early! 

A special "personal shopper" evening pre-sale with light refreshments on Friday, October 20, exclusively for Acorn members: stay tuned for your invitation, or become an Acorn member today!

 

 

Acorn Festival - November 19

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Sunday, November 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fall is a time of harvest and festivities for the people of Southern California, as acorns from the live oak (Quercus agrifolia) were traditionally an important major food source. In honor of this, Native American dancers and tribal leaders join us to celebrate our connections with California native plants. (Dancers will demonstrate various dances intermittently throughout the day.) There will also be an artisans' marketplace. 

The Acorn Festival takes place rain or shine!

This event is free with Garden admission. Some activities require a small materials fee.

 

 

Facility Rentals

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Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden offers beautiful, inspired garden settings and experienced, professional support to help you orchestrate an extraordinary event!

Will your event include catering? Our exclusive caterer Gourmet Gourmet Catering, Inc. is ready to provide you with delicious cuisine and friendly, expert assistance with creative décor, set-up, equipment and event-day service. If your event requires catering, you may contact Gourmet Gourmet directly at (909) 920-6400, or contact their Director of Catering, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Are you looking for a non-catered event, or you haven't decided yet? To inquire about facility rental availability with or without catering, or for additional information, please contact Adeline Ojeda, (909) 625-8767 ext. 226 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Facility Rental Packet lists venue options and prices, our policies, and catering information. We recommend reading the packet to help you select your particular venue at the Garden. 

Should you need insurance for your facility rental, one-day certificates are availble through the Garden's broker, if you do not have your own. 

DOWNLOAD a PDF facility rental packet here

 

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The Garden's venues offer both indoor and outdoor settings, large or small and the set up options are as unique as your event! Capacity varies from site to site and range from 10 to 500 guests.

View more photos of facility rental venues at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden on our Facebook page.


California Courtyard

Our largest venue is a spacious open-air location, featuring beautiful views of the San Gabriel Mountains. Located adjacent the RSABG Administration Building, the courtyard can accommodate 400 guests in theater-style seating or more than 200 comfortably at tables for a banquet.


California Natives Container Garden

Located on the west side of Indian Hill Mesa this open-air venue features a custom designed pergola with colorful shade sails. Architectural partitions showcase a collection of beautiful container plants. Surrounded by mature trees and mountain views, the Container Garden seats more than 150 theater-style or 100 for a comfortable meal.


California Cultivar Garden

Located in the heart of the Garden, the Cultivar Garden is a beautiful two-acre space that features gazebos, a reflecting pool, fountain and mountain views. Covered by native California grape vines, the large gazebo seats 40 guests. The small gazebo, ideal for an intimate ceremony or gathering, features a contemporary sculpture and can accommodate 10 to 15 people.


Walter and Gracie Lantz Outdoor Classroom

A versatile covered structure, the Lantz Outdoor Classroom can be transformed for any occasion. Brick red canvas walls can be retracted to create an open-sided ramada or pulled down to define a private event space. The space seats up to 120 theater-style or 60 comfortably at tables, and is equipped for audio-visual presentations.


Explore other locations

Explore the many other garden settings RSABG has to offer, including the Thorne Council Ring, Percy Everett Fern Garden Upper Pond or Benjamin Pond.

Classroom Spaces and Conference Rooms: The East Classroom and Lenz Horticultural Classroom, two indoor venues at the Garden, are perfect for corporate retreats, meetings or workshops and accommodate up to 50 people. The Garden’s Administration Building also has two conference rooms available for groups up to 12.