California Native Sage Festival - March 28

Salvia greatae-detail D-Bell webSaturday, March 28, 2015, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Claremont, California

Included with standard admission or membership.

Experience the scents, sights, and flavors at this 2nd annual garden event celebrating Salvia species native to California.

Check out sage-related vendors, try a sample of some sage-inspired culinary delights, enjoy a free workshop or wildflower walk, listen to music and get sage advice (of course!). 

Check back often as we build this list of participants and activities. There will be a special RSABG member event from 10 am to noon in the Container Garden.

20-minute lectures in the California Courtyard (TBA)

Sage activities, booths and confirmed participants in the 2015 Sage Festival include:

  • Native sage recipe tastings
  • Grow Native Nursery - with many varieties of native sages to choose from!
  • Sage Advice - (How could we NOT include this opportunity?)
  • Try your luck on the Wheel of Sage!
  • Padua Farms hand-made soaps and balms, infused with native sages and other herbs
  • BEE Green Honey
  • Fresh native plant flower arrangements by Native Designs
  • Potpourri craft (child-friendly)
  • 'See the Sages Salvia Stroll' - Guided walking tours of sages in the garden
  • Opening of the new Secrets of Sage exhibit in the Container Garden
  • Sage Scavenger Hunt
  • Food Truck: The Hurricane Kitchen will be on hand for those who want to purchase lunch and picnic.
  • Live music by the High Strung Trio
  • Locally made sage-infused raw nut milk by RawNutMilk
  • More to come!

A Garden of Verses: Poetry Day in the Garden - April 11

Poppy webApril 11, 2015, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Experience poetry in the Garden and celebrate National Poetry Month

California poets welcome the season and National Poetry Month by sharing poems that celebrate nature and the Golden State.

Come and stroll the Garden's paths anytime throughout the event time to enjoy the art of the spoken word performed by poets in the Garden. They will be stationed at various locations around the Garden's Mesa Loop Trail.

Poetry books will be available for sale at the Poetry Stations and in the Garden Shop. Get yours signed by the author!

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events. 

For a list of poets scheduled to appear and read on April 11, please click here. Please note this list is growing - check back for updates!

Spring Open House - March 14

March 14, 2015

  • Free Garden admission day for all
  • Behind the Scenes Tour Opportunities (Stay tuned for details and scheduling)
  • Grow Native Nursery Sale.
  • Grand Opening - A Living Legacy: The Collections of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Exhibit - March 14 through June 28, 2015
  • Heritage Education Group and San Gabriel Valley YWCA present the Pop-Up Mobile Farmer's Market!
  • Live Acoustic Music 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"
  • Complimentary light refreshments on the Garden Shop patio

Click for California Native Sage Festival information, coming up on March 28!

 

 

 

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