Winter Holiday Open House - Dec. 6

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Free Garden admission and Winter Holiday Open House

Find unique gifts, holiday sales, kids crafts, live music, cookies and hot cider at the California Garden Gift Shop. Visit with Santa during his stop in the California Garden Gift Shop from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. too!

The Garden is open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The open house events will be held 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Read more about the California Garden Gift Shop.

Luminaria Nights - December *5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20

Luminaria 2011 - photo by Marge RohrDec. *5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20; 6 - 9 p.m.

Friday and Saturday nights.

*Friday, December 5 is members-only night.

New, expanded loop trail route! Over a half-mile of luminaria-lit trails.

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.

Click here to purchase tickets online

 

Luminaria Nights Live Musical Lineup - - Still Developing...check back for additions

* Friday / December 5 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

*Friday, December 5 is members-only night. Members night includes tastings of jams, sauces, and dips in the Gift Shop, and 25% off all purchases in the Gift Shop that evening (6-9 p.m.). Cannot be combined with other discounts; Friday, December 5 only. Not a member? Become one today!

  • Windsong Canyon - Native American Flutes and world percussion
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"
  • Modal Tease Trio - award-winning old time string sounds servin' up sizzling hot slices of American Folk Tradition
  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • Village Pipers - Recorder ensemble featuring holiday favorites

Saturday / December 6 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist 
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"

Friday / December 12 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • The Village Pipers - Recorder ensemble featuring holiday favorites
  • High Strung String Band
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"

Saturday / December 13 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • Windsong Canyon - Native America Flute and World Percussion
  • Claremont Ukulele Club - The Defenders of Fun! (6-8 p.m.)

Friday / December 19 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • Jill Warhol - "Folk on the Rocks"

Saturday / December 20 - CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

  • Steve Rushingwind - Contemporary Native American flutist
  • Village Pipers – Recorder ensemble featuring holiday favorites

Ticket Information

RSABG Members: $5 per person (children under 3 free); purchase online with link above or at the Admissions Kiosk in advance or at the door on the evening of the event.

Public: $8 per person.

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

There are no refunds on pre-purchased Luminaria Nights Tickets. In the event of cancellation due to weather, pre-purchased tickets may be used for either: admission to another scheduled Luminaria Night date in 2014 OR one free general admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (excluding special, ticketed events and expiring one year from ticketed event date).

"Green Friday" Weekend Sale - November 28-30

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Friday, November 28, through Sunday, November 30

10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

All in-stock items at both locations of RSABG's Grow Native Nursery will be 20% off. RSABG members can receive a special 35% total off live plants in stock! The sale will be held Friday, November 28 through Sunday, November 30. 

Admission is always free to Grow Native Nursery. For directions, hours, and more information on classes and events, visit Grow Native Nursery in the Veterans Garden or Grow Native Nursery Claremont.

 

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John Svenson: For the Love of Wood

November 8, 2014-February 22, 2015Svenson Madonna - web

Presented by Claremont Museum of Art

Gallery open to the public daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Included with standard admission or membership. Claremont Museum of Art Members receive free Garden admission with proof of membership during the exhibit.

Over a lifetime of creating sculpture in many media, John Svenson's work in wood stands out and expresses his love for this living material. The exhibition John Svenson: For the Love of Wood begins with a one-day display at the Padua Hills Art Fiesta on November 2, then moves to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, opening November 8. John Edward Svenson's love of nature and mastery of his materials is evident throughout his large body of work, which ranges from small wood carvings to monumental public commissions. A native of the Pomona Valley, he studied art at Claremont Graduate School and worked for many years with sculptor Albert Stewart and artist/designer Millard Sheets. During his prolific career, Svenson produced over 23 sculptures for Home Savings and Loan banks and numerous public works in California and Alaska.

Exhibition Opening Reception

Friday, November 14, 5-7 p.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Artist John Svenson will be honored at the opening reception of the exhibition John Svenson: For the Love of Wood. Admission to RSABG will be free for this event. Public are welcome to attend.


About the Artist

Svenson - MaryJean owl3-4SM -webOver a lifetime of creating sculpture in many sizes and medium, John Edward Svenson has had a love affair with wood. "There is a direct connection to the material, one can observe the grain and understand the life of the tree. If I am lucky, I can express this life and create something of beauty" says Svenson. Understanding natural form through flora and fauna is at the core of his creations. John began working in wood as a child and never stopped. Unlike materials such as bronze, which require multiple processes, working in wood is time consuming but immediate. The act of carving wood is therapeutic and personal. John Svenson was born in Los Angeles in 1923 and grew up on a citrus grove in the Pomona Valley. After WWII, the GI Bill allowed him to attend Claremont Graduate School to study art at Scripps and Pomona College. For many years he worked with sculptor Albert Stewart and artist/designer Millard Sheets. During his prolific career, Svenson produced over 23 sculptures for Home Savings and Loan banks and many public works in California and Alaska. His sculpture and medallic work are held in numerous public and private collections in national and international locations. Teacher Albert Stewart and mentor Paul Manship nominated Svenson to the National Sculpture Society in 1966 and he advanced to "Fellow" in 1971.