Dec. *6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21; 6 - 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday nights.
*Friday, December 6 is members-only night.
New, expanded loop trail route! Over a half-mile of luminaria-lit trails featuring the new Gateways to Containers exhibit in the Container Garden
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.
California Author Series – Hosted by the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Library
The library staff and volunteers at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden are pleased to announce a series of presentations by published or soon-to-be-published authors. The California Author Series is free with standard Garden admission.
The library hours are: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call (909) 625-8767 ext. 210.
Saturday, January 25, 11 a.m.
Authors Robert L. Allen and Fred M. Roberts, Jr. present:
Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains
A book-signing will follow the presentation.
Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains which includes Orange County, Santa Ana Mountains, Whittier-Puente-Chino Hills, Prado Basin, Temescal Valley, Elsinore Basin, Santa Rosa Plateau, San Mateo Canyon wilderness area, and San Onofre State Beach. This publication is a novice-friendly, technically accurate guide to wildflowers of cismontane southern California. Tailored to Orange Country and adjacent portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego Counties. it will prove a useful tool to identify and learn plant families, genera, and species in the Golden State.
Describes over 600 species with one or more photos of each. Arranged alphabetically by plant family, the plants are described, summarized, and illustrated to facilitate learning. Similar plant specifies are mentioned and their differences highlighted.
Includes section on geology, geography, flower parts, scientific names, plant communities, and places to go wildflower-watching, all accompanied by photographs and illustrations. Though technical terms are minimized, those used are presented in a glossary. Written, edited, and review by professional biologists and local experts.
In an approach unique among wildflower guides, living things that rely on specific plants are presented alongside those plants, such as monarch butterfly, goldenbush borer beetle, snowberry clearing moth, coastal California gnatcatcher, cactus wren, Anna's hummingbird and phainopepla. Groups of associated species ("guilds") discussed include milkweed, cactus, California sycamore, California buckwheat, California lilac, yucca, and cattail.
Each entry features:
- Common and scientific names.
- Description with diagnostic characteristics italicized.
- Flowering time, habitat, and local range.
- Known and suggested places to find the plant.
- Meaning of its scientific name and name of the person that named it.
- For many, similar species with which it may be confused.
From shoreline of Crystal Cove State Park; to the canyons, grasslands, and foothills of Caspers Wilderness Park; beckoning peaks of the Santa Ana Mountains; and the rolling hills and washes of Temescal Valley, this book will be your guide to the beautiful wildflowers you encounter.
Tyler Nordgren, "Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks"
In “Stars Above, Earth Below,” Tyler Nordgren uses a photo essay approach to examine the connection between astronomical topics and the landscapes of U.S. national parks. Nordgren's book is both a personal guide and scientific exploration into the deeper meaning for the astronomical phenomena on view in the night sky above national parks. Professor Nordgren teaches physics at the University of Redlands. Nordgren's faculity page.
Helen Popper, "California Native Gardening: A Month-by-Month Guide"
Please join us for the next California Author Series presentation at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, featuring Helen Popper. Popper’s recent book, "California Native Gardening: A Month-by-Month Guide" is the first month-by-month guide to gardening with native plants in a state that follows a unique, nontraditional seasonal rhythm. Her book provides detailed, calendar-based information for both beginning and experienced native gardeners.
Popper explains, "The contents of the book reflect many lifetimes of experience. The information is culled from years of monthly meetings of the California Native Plant Society’s local ‘Gardening with Natives’ interest group. The group is made up of professionals and avid amateurs, including many who have been gardening with natives since the 1960s.” Popper has carefully assembled their thoughtful observations, added a few of her own, and this book is the result.
The author is an ardent native gardener and an economics professor at Santa Clara University. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Following the presentation, visit the Library's used book sale, hosted by library staff and volunteers with proceeds benefiting ongoing library programs. The Free Native Plant Clinic will be held on the same day at Grow Native Nursery Claremont from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
New Library display: The Beauty of Wildflowers will feature books and prints from the RSABG library collection, focusing on wildflowers from California and the world.
The first in this series features Tom Sitton, author of “Grand Ventures – the Banning Family and the Shaping of Southern California.” Sitton is the former head of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He has written several publications about Southern California political history. His most recent book, “Grand Ventures”, will be the focus of his presentation, Saturday, February 11 at 11 a.m., in the East Classroom.
After the presentation, the library is hosting a Library Open House, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., with tours of the special collections and archives room.
The author talk series and library open house are free with standard Garden admission.
In collaboration with the Family Bird Fest, February 19, the library’s current rare book display “Birds in Print—Words and Pictures,” highlights several of RSABG's beautiful bird books and original paintings from the special collections.
February 16, 2014, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free with Garden admission
Grab your binoculars for a fun day in the Garden learning about our feathered friends. An educational celebration of the diversity of birds, the annual event highlights the behaviors and physical traits that enable them to survive and thrive. Birdwatchers of all ages can flock to the Garden for a day filled with activities and information for both beginners and enthusiasts.
The Family Bird Fest features knowledgeable birding exhibitors, Wild Wings with live raptors including hawks and owls, bird life displays and drop-in family activities.
Visitors can help with the “Great Backyard Bird Count,” a national citizen-science project. The annual event engages people across the U.S. and Canada in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are throughout North America.
An estimated 60,000 people helped the Audubon, Cornell Lab and Bird Studies Canada take a snapshot of the whereabouts of many hundreds of bird species across the U.S. and Canada during the "Great Backyard Bird Count." Participants identified 596 species and submitted more than 92,000 checklists, helping scientists track changes in the numbers and movements of birds from year to year. The Great Backyard Bird Count is a joint project of the Cornell Lab, Audubon and Bird Studies Canada. Visit www.birdcount.org to read a summary of the findings.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden provides an ideal setting to spot birds that live here or migrate to the region for warmer winter living. Step softly to see them nestled amid lovely ceanothus blossoms or high above in a cottonwood branch.
See photos from the 2011 Family Bird Fest.
For more information, please call (909) 625-8767.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
The outbreak begins at 7 a.m.
For full details and registration visit the full Claremont Zombie Run website.
Run, walk, or crawl; whatever you do, don't get lost in the zombie-infested maze! There has been a breakout of the zombie virus at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and scientists need your help to contain it. Surviving the maze will require a good sense of direction, stamina, and the ability to adapt quickly in a dense jungle of native California plant life.
The Botanic Garden used to be a beautiful place to take a peaceful stroll on a late afternoon; now it's ground zero of the latest zombie outbreak and you'll be lucky to make it out alive!
Whether you survive the maze or lose all your lives and come back from the dead, there is plenty of fun to be had at the post-apocalyptic party for zombies and humans alike.
This isn't just another zombie run. Our zombies have gone to our exclusive Zombie Training Camp and are highly skilled in making sure the run is filled with suspense and excitement.
Make sure to register early to get the discounted rate!
A percentage of the proceeds support Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden to assist in increasing awareness about native plant life and sustainable habitats.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Red Cross are among the other charitable organizations that will be beneficiaries of this event. Please join us in showing support for these great organization and we will make sure you have fun doing it!