Grove of Thorns

RSABG Game of Thorns


Game of Thorns: Grove of Thorns

Now through August 2018

Discover the weaponry of California native plants on massive scales in the Grove of Thorns! Part of the Game of Thorns exhibition, these giant crystalline thorns reveal the anatomy and eerie beauty of thorns, spines and prickles from battle-ready plants. Visit this surreal grove, free with general admission, now through August 2018. We thank our sponsors and community of Kickstarter backers that made this epic exhibition possible.

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. 


Exhibition Sponsors: 

Linda and Paul Des Marais

Braeger Construction Inc.

Gagnier Margossian LLP

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

Randall and Janell Lewis at Casa Rosa

Northern Trust

Yvonne Wilson







Milford Zornes: The Claremont Years

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November 10 - February 22

10 am - 4 pm daily

Garden Art Gallery 



The Claremont Museum of Art presents paintings by Milford Zornes, a leader of the Califronia watercolor movement, with a focus on three decades when the artist lived and worked in Claremont. 


Curated by the Claremont Museum of Art | Sponsored by Curtis Real Estate





Free Admission on MLK Day: Monday, January 15




In honor and celebration of Civil Rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr., admission to the Garden will be free on January 15, 2018. 






Luminaria Nights


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December 8-9 and 15 -16

6 pm - 9 pm

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. This year, adventure through our Grove of Thorns, an enchanting installation of giant, crystalline thorns. During Luminaria Nights, these larger-than-life sculptures, part of the Game of Thorns exhibition, will be unveiled and dramatically lit (viewable December 9, 15 and 16 for the general public). 

Who's Playing?

Friday, December 8th: Windsong Canyon, Gregg Young, Steve Rushingwind, The Tens

Saturday, December 9th: Windsong Canyon, Gregg Young, Steve Rushingwind

Friday, December 15th: Windsong Canyon, Village Pipers, Steve Rushingwind

Saturday, December 16th: Windsong Canyon, Gregg Young, Steve Rushingwind



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Tickets may be purchased online hereTickets are available at the door, but this event does sell out. 





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 2017 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 Twitter (@rsabg) or THIS page on the event date for status updates.

Ticket Information

RSABG Members: $8 adults, $5 students/seniors/children, (children under 3 free)

Public: $10 adults, $6 students/seniors/children, (children under 3 free)

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