Forever California at our Garden with a View, Sunday, May 6


SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2018
4:30 PM - 8 PM
California's flora makes our home one of the most special places on earth. At this year's Garden with a View, join us for a celebration of all things California and share in the Garden's mission to preserve our natural heritage forever. 
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Sarita Dougherty: Domestic Flora Familiars

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Sarita Dougherty:

Domestic Flora Familiars

March 11 through May 20, 2018

An acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist, Sarita Dougherty presents new work showcasing the vibrancy of California native plants and her personal relationship to them. Redefining plein air, Dougherty's vivid works display a synergy with the land she paints from, capturing imprints of her direct interventions. Whether she has cultivated the very plants in her scenes or tended relationships with the represented plant communities, her paintings bear witness to her connections, personal and spiritual, to the flora that surrounds us. Her exhibition will feature works completed during a recent residency at the Huntington as well as plein air works made at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. 

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 Saturday, March 10. 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..

Spiked Fridays in the Grove of Thorns


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Friday Nights in March, 5:30 pm - 8 pm in the Grove of Thorns 

Spiked plants make fabulous spiked drinks - get even with the plants that cause you pain and enjoy wicked cocktails made with spiny botanicals. Sip away in the Grove of Thorns, an installation of gigantic spines, prickles and thorns - brilliantly lit on these magical evenings. The menu will include four dangerously delicious cocktails - representing the four epic houses of the Game of Thorns: Rosa, Agave, Cactaceae and Legume. Live music, unbeatable ambiance and spiked drinks will make these Friday nights too good to miss. 

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RSABG Game of Thorns






$15 per person (includes 1 cocktail or beverage). Must be 21+ to attend.

Additional cocktails are $8 each. Beer and wine are $4 per glass. 






Game of Thorns - Exhibition

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Game of Thorns: The Art & Armaments of Botanical Warfare

November 12, 2017 through Fall 2018

Game of Thorns, an outdoor exhibition at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, focuses on the art and armaments of botanical warfare. Over millions of years, endless duels between California native plants and their predators have given rise to the incredible thorns we see today. The exhibition features these living fortresses and showcases their weaponry through large-scale macro and microscope photography, gigantic sculptures, immersive exhibits and more. 

Game of Thorns

When it comes to war, plants don’t retreat. Rooted to the ground like castles of old, plants have evolved an array of armaments to defend against their mortal enemies. This floral arms race has produced a stockpile of protrusions, from spines as sharp as samurai swords to insidious barbs that resemble  whaling harpoons. Perhaps all of us have experienced the unexpected wrath of a plant’s thorns, spines, needles, prickles or barbs. With anatomical names as diverse as the pained noises they can cause, plants have independently evolved these protrusions many times over. Barbed, hooked, serrated and envenomed, microscopic or massive, warningly poised in vivid color or stealthily hidden, the arsenal and qualities of botanical weapons are limitless.

Indeed, the botanical battlefield is a Game of Thorns.


The exhibition is open to the public daily, 8 am - 5 pm, in the Container Garden.  Admission to the exhibition is included with standard admission or membership.

Exhibition Sponsors: 

Linda and Paul Des Marais

Gagnier Margossian LLP

Historic Inns of Twentynine Palms: 29 Palms Inn | Campbell House

Randall and Janell Lewis at Casa Rosa

Northern Trust

Yvonne Wilson