March 22, 2014, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free Admission for all this day as part of our Spring Open House.
Experience the scents, sights, and flavors at this new Garden event celebrating California native Salvias.
Check out sage-related vendors, try a sample of some sage-inspired culinary delights, enjoy a free workshop, listen to music and get sage advice (of course!)
RSABG Member only Sage Tea Reception at 10:30 am.
Enjoy sage tea and refreshments with welcome remarks by Executive Director Lucinda McDade followed by member exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the Garden. Be sure to visit the membership table for a special thank you gift for our members.
Check back often as we build this list of participants and activities.
20 Minute Workshops in the California Courtyard:
- 10:30 Sages for the Garden - Antonio Sanchez
- 11:30 Indigenous Californian uses of sage for medicine - Nicholas Hummingbird Hernandez
- 12:30 Sages for the Garden - Antonio Sanchez
- 1:30 Indigenous Californian uses of sage for medicine - Nicholas Hummingbird Hernandez
Sage activities, booths and confirmed participants in this year's inaugural Sage Festival include:
- Grow Native Nursery - take a sage home today!
- Pomona College Organic Farm (or on Facebook)
- Sustainable Claremont (or on Facebook)
- Golden State Water Company featuring water saving information, tips and giveaways.
- 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
- Garden walking tours at 11 and 1 p.m. highlighting Salvias along the way
- Sage Scavenger Hunt
- Food Trucks: Peaches' Smokehouse and Southern Kitchen confirmed.
- Live music, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. performed by award-winning artist Steve Rushingwind - For more about Steve's musical projects, click here
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) is a participant in the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission for active-duty military and their families between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day.
The complimentary admission begin Saturday, May 24, and will continue through Monday, September 1, 2014, and includes all active-duty military personnel and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members). The RSABG is also extending the free Garden admission to veterans (admission fees still apply for veterans' family members). To receive free admission to the Garden, bring your current military identification or family member identification or veteran identification card to the Garden's admission kiosk. The Blue Star Museum free admission offer does not include special summer events at the Garden including admission to the Butterfly Pavillion and Garden Groove summer concerts. Admission to all RSABG summer events is available with purchases of standard ticket pricing.
The Blue Star Museum program recognizes the efforts and commitment by military personnel and includes active-duty National Guard and reserve officers. The nationwide project is coordinated by Blue Star Families, a non-partisan, non-profit that sponsors morale and empowerment programs for military families and raises public awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life. The Blue Star Museums is a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and more than 1,300 museums to offer free admission to all active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014.
The complete list of participating Blue Star Museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
For more information about Blue Star Families is available at www.bluestarfam.org.
Free Garden admission 8 a.m.-5 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 get behind the scenes. 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.
Behind-the-scenes Open House Opportunities
10 - 11:30 a.m., 1 - 2:30 p.m.
- Molecular Laboratory with Loraine Washburn, Laboratory Manager and Conservation Botanist and Botany Program Graduate Students
- Library and Archives
- Seed Conservation Program with Evan Meyer, Seed Conservation Program Manager
- Nursery and Greenhouses with Valentin Arvizu, Plant Propagator
Garden Walking Tours
Start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Join us for a 75-minute guided walking tours of the Garden including our Wonders of Wildflowers exhibit in the California Container Garden. The 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.
April 5, 2014, 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.