Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, 2014, 5:30 until 9 p.m.
Friday, October 17 is RSABG members-only night!
Come to Things that Go Bump in the Night and meet the owls, opossums, spiders and plants who rule the Garden at night!
Things that Go Bump in the Night is a fun evening family event to observe and learn about plants and animals that are most active at night. Visitors follow Garden paths with a passport to visit interactive stations exploring the nocturnal world and its amazing critters.
This year's highlights include:
Wild Wings of California with several raptors including live owls! Please note Wild Wings of California will be onsite until 8 p.m. each event evening.
Poppy the opposum and her wildlife rehabilitator Janet Chaney - Because, of course, 'possums are awesome!
The World Famous Spider Show - In this very entertaining comedic "bug" show, children of all ages learn all about how spiders have adapted to catch their prey in different ways. Then, the kids' acting skills will be tested as some of them will become the spider and prey in a hilarious group of interactive theatrical "skits." This is fun for the whole family.
Kimmi Kraus returns with Project Wildsong to dispel myths and misinformation by providing interpretation and education about their live wolves, Ambassador Wolf Damu and Ambassador Wolf Cael, inspiring visitors with their beauty and with the truth about wolves.
October 4, 2014, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Members only, 8 -10 a.m.
Buy beautiful California native plants at Grow Native Nursery’s season opening spectacular.
The Fall Planting Festival at Grow Native Nursery at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden will showcase thousands of California native and water efficient plants, many propagated from our own collections and not available anywhere else. Proceeds support Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden programs.
The Fall Planting Festival features:
Enormous native plant selection
Seeds and bulbs
RSABG research plants
Decorated Grapevine wreaths (photo album)
Native plant experts table
Free Garden admission
Beer and wine available for purchase
Click here to > Download plant list availability (Coming soon!)
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden has been selling California native plants since 1978. Don’t miss this ideal opportunity to purchase hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind natives and to get your gardening questions answered by friendly, experienced botanic garden professionals and volunteers.
Free lectures & workshops!
10:00 a.m. Traditional and Medicinal Uses of Native Plants, Nicholas Hummingbird (20 min)
10:30 a.m. Garden Design Principles, Carol Bornstein (30 min)
11:30 a.m. TBA
Noon Life After Lawns, Molly Bogh (30 min)
1 p.m. Traditional and Medicinal Uses of Native Plants, Nicholas Hummingbird (20 min)
Live musical entertainment, artists to be announced
(8 a.m.-12 p.m.) and (12:30-3:30)
Gourmet food truck: Peaches' Smokehouse & Southern Kitchen
RSABG Acorn Members may purchase plants a day early!
A special "personal shopper" evening pre-sale with light refreshments on Friday, October 3, exclusively for Acorn members: stay tuned for your invitation, or become an Acorn member today!
Dec. *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.
November 15 and 16, 2013, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Native American dancers, singers, artisans and tribal leaders join us to celebrate our connections with California native plants. Fall is a time of harvest and festivities for Southern California Indians. The live oak (Quercus agrifolia) was an important and major food source.
This event is free with Garden admission. Some activities require a small materials fee.
Special offer for teachers! Free admission to the Garden on November 15 and 16. Current teachers who present a valid California I.D and a school ID or copy of a paystub within the last 30 days. This offer is valid for teachers currently teaching grades K through 12 and does not extend to family members or guests. Many of the activities of Acorn Festival are closely aligned with the Native Partners program at RSABG (read more about Native Partners).