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Butterfly Pavilion: May 9 - August 2

May 9 - August 2, 2015

The Pavilion is Open Daily 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed July 4)

Tickets: $2 per person in addition to standard Garden admission

The Butterfly Pavilion at RSABG unites science education and hands-on fun for visitors of all ages. Hundreds of butterflies call the temporary enclosure home this spring and summer. Visitors can walk among the butterflies, caterpillars, and the California native plants that they depend on for food.

See photos on our Facebook page from the Butterfly Pavilion at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

 

Adopt-a-Butterfly Program

You can help support the Garden, our Butterfly Pavilion, and our conservation, education, and research programs by adopting a pollinator at one of three levels: Sphinx Moth, Monarch Butterfly, and Anna's Hummingbird. [coming soon] Click here for more information about the Adopt-a-Pollinator program. You can also stop by the Garden Gift Shop, or contact the Development Office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (909) 625-8767 ext. 221.

 

Butterfly Release Party: August 2, 2015

FREE Butterfly Pavilion Admission on Sunday, August 2! (Standard Garden admission fees still apply)

Beginning at 1 p.m. until all the butterflies are out and about, each family unit may escort a butterfly out of the pavilion and into the Garden. 

Visitors may notice many more butterflies flitting around the Garden following the release party!

 


As a steward of native plants of California, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden actively promotes the appreciation, understanding and conservation of native flora. Native plants are ideal for butterfly gardening because they provide food sources and in turn butterflies aid in flower pollination.

The 24’ x 36’ Butterfly Pavilion, erected near the Lantz Outdoor Classroom, is a temporary enclosure that combines science education and interactive fun for visitors of all ages. Visitors can walk among the butterflies and caterpillars as they feed. See caterpillars pupate into chrysalises and emerge as butterflies. The Garden is offering special educational workshops in conjunction with the exhibition to share how to nourish both common and threatened butterfly species in home gardens.

The discerning palate of caterpillars helps explain why so many butterfly species are threatened. The major cause of species disappearance in a given area is almost always habitat destruction and the elimination of the plants that they need to survive.

In spite of extensive urban sprawl, Southern California has many species of butterflies that are fairly abundant and easily attracted to flowers or food plants in local gardens.

Download butterfly information packet (PDF).

 

National Public Gardens Day - May 8 - Free Admission Day

Free Garden Admission for all 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (last entry at 4:30 p.m.)

Behind-the-Scenes Open House opportunities
10 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Join Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden for this special day of celebrating the environmental stewardship, conservation, and education efforts put forth by botanical gardens around the nation.

The day will feature open house-style, behind-the-scenes looks at our diverse collections and areas not generally accessible to the public. When you arrive for this free admission day, visit our orientation station to learn how you can take advantage of these opportunities. Follow signs to specific locations and learn first-hand about the work being done at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden experts will highlight the important work done here on a daily basis.

Tentative Schedule - - Actual schedule and opportunities may vary.

Behind-the-scenes Open House Opportunities
10-11:30 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m.

  • Herbarium with Mare Nazaire, Ph.D., Collections Manager, Herbarium [RSA-POM] and curatorial staff
  • Molecular Laboratory with Loraine Washburn, Laboratory Manager and Conservation Botanist, assisted by Botany Program Graduate Students
  • Library and Archives with Irene Holiman, Library Specialist
  • Seed Conservation Program with Evan Meyer, Seed Conservation Program Manager
  • Nursery and Greenhouses with Antonio Sanchez and Dolores Ruiz, Grow Native Nursery

Garden Walking Tours
Start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Join us for 60-minute guided walking tours of the Garden including our Secrets of Sage exhibit in the California Container Garden. Tours depart from the front patio of the Garden Shop. The walking portion of the tour is approximately one mile.

National Public Gardens Day was established by the American Public Gardens Association in 2009 and celebrates the vital role public gardens play in communities and highlights the environmental stewardship, conservation efforts and educational programs undertaken by public gardens across the nation. National Public Gardens Day is sponsored by American Public Gardens Association and Rainbird.

 

Mother's Day Champagne Brunch and Lunch - May 10

Sunday, May 10, 2015 

Brunch seating begins at 8:45 a.m.
Brunch served at 9:30 a.m. 
 
Lunch seating begins at 12:00 p.m.
Lunch served at 12:30 p.m.

This year, our Mother's Day Champagne Brunch and Lunch events are nestled among our new and fragrant Secrets of Sage Exhibit in the California Natives Container Garden. Sit amid a display of amazing Salvia species ('true sages') to set the tone for an unforgettable dining experience during this one of a kind exhibit.

Steve Rushingwind - webSeating is limited for this exclusive annual event celebrating Mothers. You'll enjoy fantastic food, superb table service and a dining atmosphere only possible at California's Native Garden; listen to live music performed by Steve Rushingwind and don't forget the giveaways we have in store for Moms at each table. Tickets inlcude free Garden admission and FREE tickets to our popular Butterfly Pavilion for your party on Mother's Day. The Butterfly Pavilion is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Complimentary tram service to and from the venue will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. for Brunch and 11:30 for Lunch.

Guests are also welcome to have their family photograph taken by photographer Sonja Stump of Sonja Stump Photography; No sitting fee; photo proofs can be viewed online and purchased after the event.

Ticket prices for Brunch or Lunch:

Member: Adult $48 / Child (ages 3-12) $30
Public: Adult $65 / Child (ages 3-12) $40

Advance tickets are required - the event will sell out. Please note the RSABG member discount - to view membership options and to become a member, click here. Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or for additional information.

ORDER TICKETS for Brunch (9:30 a.m.) Menu

Preset at tables upon arrival:
Fresh Fruit Plate
Baskets of Home Baked Muffins, Scones, and Breakfast Breads
Butter and Berry Preserves
 
Served Main Course:
Ricotta and Orange Blintzes with Strawberry Sauce garnished with Fresh Strawberries
Artichoke and Mushroom Quiche with Swiss and Feta Cheeses
Herb Roasted Potatoes
Grilled Chicken and Apple Sausages
 
Children's Meal (Ages 12 and under):
Belgian Waffle with Maple Syrup and Scrambled Eggs
 
Dessert Buffet:
Assortment of Petite Sweets;
Pate Choux Cream Puffs, Lemon & Kiwi Tartlets, Mini Chocolate Truffle Cakes
Apple Cobbler with Freshly Whipped Cream (Whipped Cream on the side)
Alex's Homemade Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing
German Chocolate Cake
 
Beverages:
Champagne, Mimosas, and assorted beverages
Orange Juice, Apple Juice
Regular and Decaffeinated Coffees
Hot Water with Assorted Teas

ORDER TICKETS for Lunch (12:30 p.m.) Menu

Preset at tables upon arrival:
Gourmet Green Salad with Oranges, Red Wine Vinaigrette and Creamy Herb Dressing on the side
Baskets of Freshly Baked Artisan Breads with butter
 
Served Main Course:
Chicken Saltimboca - Chicken Breast rolled with Prosciutto, Sage, & Parmesan, served with a delicious Marsala Wine Sauce.
Wild and Brown Rice Pilaf with Toasted Pecans
Julienne Vegetables
 
Vegetarian Option:
Truffled Vegetable Pot Pie, Wild Rice Pilaf, Vegetables
 
Children's Meal (Ages 12 and under):
Chicken Breast Tenders (with ranch dip and BBQ sauce),
Macaroni and Cheese, Julienne Vegetables
 
Dessert Buffet:
Assortment of Petite Sweets;
Pate Choux Cream Puffs, Lemon & Kiwi Tartlets, Mini Chocolate Truffle Cakes
Apple Cobbler with Freshly Whipped Cream (Whipped Cream on the side)
Alex's Homemade Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing
German Chocolate Cake
 
Beverages:
Champagne, Mimosas, and assorted beverages
Iced Tea and Lemonade
Regular and Decaffeinated Coffees
Hot Water with Assorted Teas