Sunday, May 10, 2015
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.
Seating 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
ORDER TICKETS for Brunch (9:30 a.m.) Menu
ORDER TICKETS for Lunch (12:30 p.m.) Menu
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.
Enjoy live music, a farm to table dinner, and silent and live auctions, all to benefit the conservation, horticulture, and educational programs of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
Gold Cup Tree Poppy, watercolor, 12"x18" copyright 2014 Eric Davis
Native Landscape Consultation for your home, with RSABG Director of Horticulture Peter Evans
Go Behind the Gates of Tejon Ranch, an overnight trip led by RSABG's Nick Jensen
Coronado Island 4-day Retreat, provided by Mary and Hank Perera
Audobon Print from Original Plates, contributed by Dr. Lee W. Lenz
Check back the week of April 13 and start bidding. Select items will be available for purchase or bid prior to the event in our on-line auction.
Dinner & Entertainment
Farm to table dinner by Primal Alchemy, "cooking what nature provides" using California-grown fresh, sustainable, organic foods. Wine by Gainey Vineyard.
Live music by Michael Ryan and Ken Soderlund.
Remarks by RSABG Volunteer Cindy Walkenbach.
Weekend Wildflower Walks
Saturdays 11 a.m. - Meet at Admissions Kiosk
Sundays 1 p.m. - Meet at Admissions Kiosk
Guided walking tours with RSABG nature interpreters featuring beautiful wildflowers and seasonal highlights. Walks continue Saturday and Sunday, through May 3. Free with Garden admission or membership. Walks are approximately 60-90 minutes in length; guests may drop off tours as needed.