5:30 until 9 p.m.
Things that Go Bump in the Night is a fun evening family event to observe and learn about plants and animals that are most active at night. Visitors follow Garden paths with a passport to visit interactive stations exploring the nocturnal world and its amazing critters.
This year's highlights include:
Live Owls and other Raptors brought to us by Wild Wings of California. Please note Wild Wings of California will be onsite until 8 p.m. each event evening.
The Parasitic Insects Show - In this very entertaining comedic "bug" show, children of all ages learn all about parasitic insects.
Live Wolves brought to us by Kimmi Kraus: Project Wildsong. These friendly canines to dispel myths and misinformation about wolves by providing interpretation and education about their important role in the ecosystem.
FRIDAY NIGHT: The Grilled Cheese Truck
SATURDAY NIGHT: Crepes Bonaparte
An activity passport will be issued as visitors check in, and can be stamped at each station.
Celebrate the season, decorate for the holiday or add a special touch of warmth to your home with a Native Designs wreath!
Native Designs, a volunteer group at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden that creates floral arrangements using California native plants, have made a wonderful assortment of wreaths from grape vines harvested on site. These special wreaths will be for sale at the Fall Planting Festival on October 1st.
Wreaths range in price from $15 - $40. All proceeds benefit RSABG programming.
The Fall Planting Festival at Grow Native Nursery will showcase thousands of California native and water efficient plants, many propagated from our own collections and not available anywhere else. Free lectures include "Ethnobotanical Uses of the Native Plants of California" by Nicholas Hummingbird from 11:30 am - 1 pm and "How to Water Your Plants for Drought-Tolerant Establishment" with Carlos Ruiz from 1:30 pm - 3 pm. Proceeds of the festival support Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden programs. Access to Grow Native Nursery is always free.
SATURDAY, October 1, The Fall Planting Festival features:
RSABG Acorn Members may purchase plants a day early!
A special "personal shopper" evening pre-sale with light refreshments on Friday, September 30, exclusively for Acorn members: stay tuned for your invitation, or become an Acorn member today!
Did you know that some say Hollywood is named for the native toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), that covers the hills of the world's movie capital? In this exhibition where botany meets the box office, learn how California native plants have shaped movie culture, from Vertigo to Star Wars.
At this special exhibition, discover film stills, posters and other memorabilia from over 30 titles that spotlight California's cast of native floral characters. This exhibit will be showcased in the Art Gallery and in the Garden.
Art Gallery Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Garden Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free with standard admission or membership.
Exclusive Opening Night for Members Only:
August 19, 5:00 - 7:00 pm