Plants Interact! Exhibit
Saturday, July 19 through Sunday, November 16
Gold Card Member Opening, Friday, July 18
Free with Garden admission or membership.
The Container Garden's new exhibit is an inspirational fusion of horticulture, science, and art that focuses on plants' interactions with their environment.
Step off the mesa path and learn about plants' interactions: reproduction and fruiting, grasses and wind pollination, succulents and water storage, and summer flowering plants. Each room in the Container Garden will focus on a different type of interaction with interpretive signage.
May 10 - August 3, 2014
The Pavilion is Open Daily 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed July 4)
Tickets: $2 per person in addition to standard Garden admission
Walk among and learn about native butterflies and the California native plants that they depend on for food.
See photos on our Facebook page from the Butterfly Pavilion at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
The Butterfly Pavilion at RSABG unites science education and hands-on fun for visitors of all ages. Hundreds of butterflies call the temporary enclosure home this spring and summer. Visitors can walk among the butterflies and caterpillars.
You can help support the Garden, our Butterfly Pavilion, and our conservation, education, and research programs by adopting a pollinator at one of three levels: Sphinx Moth, Monarch Butterfly, and Anna's Hummingbird. Click here for more information about the Adopt-a-Pollinator program. You can also stop by the Garden Gift Shop, or contact the Development Office:
or (909) 625-8767 ext. 221.
Butterfly Release Party: August 3, 2014
Free Butterfly Pavilion Admission on Sunday, August 3! (Standard Garden admission fees still apply)
Beginning at 1 p.m. until all the butterflies are out and about, each family unit may escort a butterfly out of the pavilion and into the Garden.
Visitors may notice many more butterflies flitting around the Garden following the release party!
As a steward of native plants of California, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden actively promotes the appreciation, understanding and conservation of native flora. Native plants are ideal for butterfly gardening because they provide food sources and in turn butterflies aid in flower pollination.
The 24’ x 36’ Butterfly Pavilion, erected near the Lantz Outdoor Classroom, is a temporary enclosure that combines science education and interactive fun for visitors of all ages. Visitors can walk among the butterflies and caterpillars as they feed. See caterpillars pupate into chrysalises and emerge as butterflies. The Garden is offering special educational workshops in conjunction with the exhibition to share how to nourish both common and threatened butterfly species in home gardens.
The discerning palate of caterpillars helps explain why so many butterfly species are threatened. The major cause of species disappearance in a given area is almost always habitat destruction and the elimination of the plants that they need to survive.
In spite of extensive urban sprawl, Southern California has many species of butterflies that are fairly abundant and easily attracted to flowers or food plants in local gardens.
Thursday Evenings, June 26-July 31, 2014
Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking and food service by Gourmet Gourmet Catering. Concerts begin at 7 p.m.
Enjoy the cool evening air at the Garden with a picnic, great music and good friends.
Individual event tickets:
Members: $6 adults; $3 seniors, students and children (3-12);
General public: $10 adults; $5 seniors, students and children (3-12)
Garden Groove 2014 Lineup
You can purchase food and beverages from Gourmet Gourmet Catering in the California Courtyard the evening of each show. Bert and Rocky's will be selling cool treats.
Gourmet Gourmet Catering Menu for Garden Groove:
Soft Chicken Taco Plate - $7 / Shredded Chicken and Tomatillos in a soft, flour tortilla served with our homemade tortilla chips. Salsa Fresca and Guacamole on the side.
Turkey, Bacon, and Provolone Club - $7 / Served with lettuce and tomato on a sourdough baguette.
Classic Caesar Salad - $5.50 / Crisp romaine topped with tomatoes, parmesan & croutons. Served with and our creamy Caesar dressing on the side, rolls, and butter. / With Diced Chicken or Tofu - $7
Assorted Chips - $2
Cookies or Designer Brownie - $2
Soft Drinks, Bottled Water - $1.50
Bottled Beer - $4
Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet or White Zinfandel Wine - $5
The 2014 Garden Groove concert series is sponsored, in part, by Golden State Water Company.
August 16, 2014, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Free Garden admission for school teachers and administrators and their immediate family.
- Explore school tour and program displays; complete your passport to be eligible for great prizes!
- Reserve field trips. Spring reservations fill up quick. Bring your calendar to schedule a fun and educational trip for your students.
- Stay an hour or stay all day
- Great prizes and giveaways
- Free refreshments
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden offers walking tours and programs that include activity stations to help educate students about the Golden State. Tours and programs convey the importance of native plants, cultures of indigenous people and natural history of California. RSABG tours and programs correlate with K - 8 Cross Curricular Common Core Standards for California public schools.