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The Grow Our Garden! Challenge: Thanks to the Board of Trustees, Overseers, and the Faucett Catalyst Fund, all new or increased gifts to the Garden Fund will be matched 1:1 (up to $30,000)!
 
Your gift to The Garden Fund for Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden helps close the nearly $1,000,000 gap between income (including memberships) and expenses; and enables the Garden do what it does best:
  • Welcome visitors
  • Make lasting impressions through engaging programs and classes
  • Give all age groups, from schoolchildren to seniors, a greater appreciation for plants and native California environment
  • Support important conservation efforts and scientific study by staff botanists, scientists and masters and Ph.D.-candidate students

RSABG is a 501C(3) non-profit organization, and your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. You will be provided with a gift receipt confirming the value of your gift for tax purposes.

Make your Gift Today – It’s Easy!

Many options are available to make a gift to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden:

Donate Online – For your convenience you can use your MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover to make a gift.

Mail Your Gift – Make your check or money order payable to RSABG and send your gift to RSABG Development Office, 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711.

Make a Pledge – Pledges are large gifts made over an extended period of time. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Development Office staff can help you establish a regular gift schedule, call (909) 625-8767 ext. 222

Matching Gifts – Corporate matching gifts provide an opportunity for you to double or even triple your gift to RSABG. If you work for a matching gift company (click here for list), simply request a matching gift form from your company’s personnel office and follow the directions to initiate the match. Mail the form to our office and we will do the rest.

 

Celebrate or Remember a Special Person or Event

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden joins you in honoring a friend, loved one or business associate by offering you a special way to give a gift. You can recognize someone special, commemorate a milestone or celebrate a special occasion, such as an anniversary, retirement, wedding or birthday, when you make a tribute or memorial gift. In doing so you support the mission of RSABG and have the satisfaction of knowing your gift will help to provide a lasting legacy for while supporting the mission of RSABG. Simply put your gift information on the order form.

Gifts in Honor of someone are a meaningful way of recognizing a family member, friend, colleague, teacher, etc., for special occasions such as births, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, retirements or other achievements. We will send the individual a card acknowledging your thoughtfulness; the amount of the contribution will not be revealed.

Gifts in Memory of a spouse, family member, friend or loved one are a special way to celebrate a life. A card will be sent to you acknowledging receipt of your gift and the individual or family recognized will be sent a card to let them know of your thoughtfulness. No gift amount will be revealed.

 

Explore Other Ways of Giving

Planned, Deferred and Life Income Gifts Give You More Options.

We encourage all members and garden lovers to give to The Garden Fund, but there are other ways that you can support and become involved with Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden including Planned, Deferred, and Life Income gifts. Click here for more information about Planned Giving or call (909) 625-8767 ext. 222.

 

Benefits of Giving

Garden Fund donors receive special benefits.  All Garden Fund donors are listed in the Honor Roll of Donors and receive the yearly edition of the Garden Variety newsletter that includes the honor roll listing.  $500 and greater donors have the option of receiving a membership with their donation and $1,000 and greater donors receive Aliso (RSABG's scientific journal), an invitation to the Majestic Oak Leadership Dinner, free entry to the Butterfly Pavilion for donor(s) and immediate family, and reusable RSABG admission guest passes (not applicable for special or ticketed events and number varies on donor level).

Please contact the Development Office for further information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (909) 625-8767 ext. 221.

Family Bird Fest - February 15


Wild Wings of California with Great Horned OwlFebruary 15, 2015, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Free with Garden admission

Grab your binoculars for a fun day in the Garden learning about our feathered friends. An educational celebration of all kinds of birds, this annual event highlights the behaviors and physical traits that enable them to survive and thrive. Birdwatchers of all ages can flock to the Garden for a day filled with activities and information for both beginners and enthusiasts.

The Family Bird Fest features knowledgeable birding exhibitors including members of Pomona Valley Audubon Society and Wild Wings of California with live raptors, bird life displays and drop-in family activities, sponsored in part by Pomona Valley Audubon Society.

Visitors can help with the “Great Backyard Bird Count,” an international citizen-science project. The annual event engages people globally in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are throughout the world.

Audubon, Cornell Lab and Bird Studies Canada take a snapshot of the whereabouts of many hundreds of bird species during the "Great Backyard Bird Count." In the past, participants identified 596 species and submitted more than 92,000 checklists, helping scientists track changes in the numbers and movements of birds from year to year. The Great Backyard Bird Count is a joint project of the Cornell Lab, Audubon and Bird Studies Canada. Visit www.birdcount.org to read a summary of the findings.

barnowl wildlens350Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden provides an ideal setting to spot birds that live here or migrate to the region for warmer winter living. Step softly to see them nestled amid lovely ceanothus blossoms or high above in a cottonwood branch.


See photos from our 2011 Family Bird Fest.

For more information, please call (909) 625-8767.

John Svenson: For the Love of Wood

November 8, 2014-February 22, 2015Svenson Madonna - web

Presented by Claremont Museum of Art

Gallery open to the public daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Included with standard admission or membership. Claremont Museum of Art Members receive free Garden admission with proof of membership during the exhibit.

Over a lifetime of creating sculpture in many media, John Svenson's work in wood stands out and expresses his love for this living material. The exhibition John Svenson: For the Love of Wood begins with a one-day display at the Padua Hills Art Fiesta on November 2, then moves to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, opening November 8. John Edward Svenson's love of nature and mastery of his materials is evident throughout his large body of work, which ranges from small wood carvings to monumental public commissions. A native of the Pomona Valley, he studied art at Claremont Graduate School and worked for many years with sculptor Albert Stewart and artist/designer Millard Sheets. During his prolific career, Svenson produced over 23 sculptures for Home Savings and Loan banks and numerous public works in California and Alaska.

Exhibition Opening Reception

Friday, November 14, 5-7 p.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Artist John Svenson will be honored at the opening reception of the exhibition John Svenson: For the Love of Wood. Admission to RSABG will be free for this event. Public are welcome to attend.


About the Artist

Svenson - MaryJean owl3-4SM -webOver a lifetime of creating sculpture in many sizes and medium, John Edward Svenson has had a love affair with wood. "There is a direct connection to the material, one can observe the grain and understand the life of the tree. If I am lucky, I can express this life and create something of beauty" says Svenson. Understanding natural form through flora and fauna is at the core of his creations. John began working in wood as a child and never stopped. Unlike materials such as bronze, which require multiple processes, working in wood is time consuming but immediate. The act of carving wood is therapeutic and personal. John Svenson was born in Los Angeles in 1923 and grew up on a citrus grove in the Pomona Valley. After WWII, the GI Bill allowed him to attend Claremont Graduate School to study art at Scripps and Pomona College. For many years he worked with sculptor Albert Stewart and artist/designer Millard Sheets. During his prolific career, Svenson produced over 23 sculptures for Home Savings and Loan banks and many public works in California and Alaska. His sculpture and medallic work are held in numerous public and private collections in national and international locations. Teacher Albert Stewart and mentor Paul Manship nominated Svenson to the National Sculpture Society in 1966 and he advanced to "Fellow" in 1971.

Luminaria Nights - December *5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20

Luminaria 2011 - photo by Marge RohrDec. *5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20; 6 - 9 p.m.

Friday and Saturday nights.

*Friday, December 5 is members-only night.

New, expanded loop trail route! Over a half-mile of luminaria-lit trails.

Illuminated evening walks featuring live acoustic music, cookies and hot cider and more than 1000 glowing, candle-lit luminarias lighting a half-mile, accessible loop on Indian Hill Mesa.

Click here to purchase tickets online

PLEASE NOTE our cancellation information:  In the event of event cancellation due to inclement weather, pre-purchased tickets may be used for either: one admission to another scheduled Luminaria Night date in 2014 OR one free general admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (excluding special, ticketed events and expiring one year from ticketed event date). There are no refunds on sales of Luminaria Nights tickets. If weather is questionable, please check back on THIS page on the event date for status updates.

Luminaria Nights Live Musical Lineup

*Friday / December 5 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

*Friday, December 5 is members-only night. Members night includes tastings of jams, sauces, and dips in the Gift Shop, and 25% off all purchases in the Gift Shop that evening (6-9 p.m.). Cannot be combined with other discounts; Friday, December 5 only. Not a member? Become one today!

  • Windsong Canyon - Native American Flutes and world percussion
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"
  • Modal Tease Trio - award-winning old time string sounds servin' up sizzling hot slices of American Folk Tradition
  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • Village Pipers - Recorder ensemble featuring holiday favorites

Saturday / December 6 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist 
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"
  • Wally Rivas - Acoustic Guitar

[CANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER and RAIN] Friday / December 12

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • The Village Pipers - Recorder ensemble featuring holiday favorites
  • High Strung String Band
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"

Saturday / December 13 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • Windsong Canyon - Native America Flute and World Percussion
  • Claremont Ukulele Club - The Defenders of Fun! (6-8 p.m.)
  • High Strung String Band
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"

Friday / December 19 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"
  • Remember Then - A blast to the past musical tribute to rock and roll

Saturday / December 20 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • Village Pipers – Recorder ensemble featuring holiday favorites
  • Remember Then - A blast to the past musical tribute to rock and roll

Ticket Information

RSABG Members: $5 per person (children under 3 free); purchase online with link above or at the Admissions Kiosk in advance or at the gate on the evening of the event.

Public: $5 per person.

Garden admission fees do not apply for this special ticketed event.