Art in the Garden - June 6

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Art in the Garden
Saturday, June 6, 2015, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

A full-spectrum of art offered for display and sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. The annual art exhibition showcases the artwork of California artists along the trails of Indian Hill Mesa. Visitors can view the artists' diverse range of media and techniques, watch demonstrations and meet the artists. Art purchases help support RSABG.

  • Saturday includes a special member benefit, FREE admission to the Butterfly Pavilion on June 6.
  • The public is also welcome to visit the Butterfly Pavilion; tickets are $2 per person (children under 3 are free).
  • Guests will also receive 2 complimentary tickets to the Butterfly Pavilion with each Art in the Garden art purchase, valid for use through August 2 (limit 2 per transaction).
Are you an artist interested in participating in the event?
If so, email Eric Garton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information and an application to display and sell your work.

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California Native Food Symposium - November 14-15

Saturday, November 14, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and
Sunday, November 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.prickly pear   garton

Symposium Registration Pricing: 

Early Bird Registration through November 1, 2015:
Member: $45 / Public: $60 
Get registered before prices increase November 2, when Member registration will increase to $60 and Public registration will increase to $75.
Registration includes: access to all presentations and scheduled events on Saturday, November 14, as well as free admission on Sunday, November 15 to enjoy native food preparations, tastings and the annual Acorn Festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities and presentations scheduled for the program include:

8 a.m. Registration with native food themed breakfast snacks

9 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr. Lucinda McDade, Executive Director, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Barbara Drake and Craig Torres

9:15 a.m. Presentation #1
It Will Live Forever: Traditional Yosemite Indian Acorn Preparation - Julia Parker

10 a.m. Presentation #2
Ethnobotany and the Center of the Universe - Christopher Nyerges has been actively involved with self-reliance and survival for over 40 years. He works with the non-profit, WTI, in survival research and education. He co-founded the School of Self-reliance, and since 1974 has taught thousands of students about wild food, survival, and self-reliance. He is the author of ten books, including "How to Survive Anywhere," and "Extreme Simplicity." He was the editor of Wilderness Way magazine for seven years. Thousands of his articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines. Besides continuing to actively teach, he does a weekly self-reliance radio show. He lives with his wife in Southern California.

10:25 a.m. Break (30 minutes)

10:55 a.m. Presentation #3
California Chia, Beans and Berries: How Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and friends can help develop low-water foods for the future - Antonio Sanchez, Production Manager, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

11:20 a.m. Presentation #4
Contemporary Ethnobotany of Southern California Indians - Deborah Small / Rose Ramirez

12:05 p.m. Lunch (90 Minutes)
Book sales
Food samples
Enjoy lunch café presented onsite or head out to local restaurant (link here)

1:30 p.m. Presentation #5
Gourmet Wild Food Preservation - From fermentation to beers and pickles - Pascal Baudar from Urban Outdoor Skills

1:55 p.m. Presentation #6
California Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Evergreen Huckleberries to Wild Ginger - Judith Larner Lowry, Author

2:40 p.m. Break (30 minutes)

3:10 p.m. Presentation #7
Daniel McCarthy, Malki Museum

3:40 p.m. Presentation #8
Chia Cafe Roundtable including keynote speaker Barbara Drake

Tovaave: From Mother Earth, Southern California Indigenous Cultural Education
The presentation will focus on the "historical genealogy" of cultural presentations beginning with the formation of Mother Earth Clan (Barbara Drake, Cindi Alvitre, Lori Sisquoc) in the late 1980s, their influence on field of Southern California Indian, cultural education, presentation and consultation.

Barbara Drake is a Tongva elder and co-founder of the Preserving Our Heritage: Native Foods Bank and Restoration Project, an intertribal collaborative project to promote the gathering, harvesting, preparation, and distribution of native foods, seeds, and plants. The goals for the project are to help to connect Native people to the plants and habitats that have sustained their ancestors for thousands of years, foster intergenerational ties, offer an opportunity to be of service to elders in Native communities, and revitalize cultural practices and traditions. Deborah Small wrote a small grant for the project, which was funded by Maren Peterson and Bryan Endress, conservation folks at the Wild Animal Park, helping the project use renewed gathering traditions to promote plant conservation and restoration to sustain both cultural traditions and native plant conservation. In addition, the project advocates traditional management as a viable conservation and restoration strategy.

Not too long after, "Chia Cafe" was a name coined by Barbara for an informal group of us who would gather/harvest and provide native food cooking demos and workshops to tribal communities and the general public. As a result, by default, this group also provided relaying the importance of cultural identity by reconnecting back to Mother Earth and developing relationships with the natural environment, thereby protecting, maintaining and restoring native plant communities and environments. Chia Cafe has reintroduced native plants as food, medicine and utilitarian traditional and contemporary uses to native communities and the general public. One of the ultimate goals of Chia Cafe is to provide access to natural "resources" for community harvesting and gathering of native plants.

4:40 p.m. Questions and Closing Comments

5 p.m. Social Hour and Happy Hour Drinks

Garden Groove Summer Concerts

Thursday Evenings, June 25-July 30, 2015

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.

Gates open at 6 p.m. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. in the California Courtyard, adjacent to the Garden Gift Shop. Buy tickets online or at the gate. Ticket price includes parking and evening admission to the Garden. Limited tickets are available, advance ticket purchase is recommended. No refunds or ticket exchanges. Concert events are subject to change. In the event of cancellation due to weather, concert tickets are valid for one (1) complimentary admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden during regular business hours, expiring one year from concert date (not valid for special or ticketed events). Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (909) 625-8767 for more information.

Click here to buy individual concert tickets online

Ticket Pricing

Individual event tickets:
Members: $5 (Children 12 and under FREE)
**NEW** Gold Card & Acorn Members are FREE - Must show membership card at concert for admission
Public: $8 (Children 12 and under FREE)
Season ticket discount pricing:
Members: $25 for all six concerts
General public: $40 for all six concerts

Garden Groove 2015 Lineup

June 25: The Blue Breeze Band - Motown R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz and Blues
July 2: La Sirena y Orquesta Mar de Ashe - Eclectic variety of danceable Salsa, Latin Jazz, Bachata, Merengue and more!
July 9: Remember Then A blast to the past musical tribute to rock and roll
July 16: Rushingwind and The Native Groove - Contemporary Native American Jazz, Folk and Blues
July 23: Doc Rock-It - The best dance hits from the 50's to the present in a wide variety of styles including rock, soul, funk, R&B and jazz!
July 31: Louie Cruz Beltran - An extensive repertoire from Brazilian style and Afro-Cuban rhythms, to a blend of R&B, Salsa, Reggae, Latin, Rock and Jazz


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. Menu to come!

The 2015 Garden Groove concert series is sponsored, in part, by Golden State Water Company.

Weekend Wildflower Walks - March 21-May 3

Weekend Wildflower Walks Chyrofremontodendron lenzii cropped Eric Garton

Saturdays 10 a.m. - Meet at Admissions Kiosk

Sundays 1 p.m. - Meet at Admissions Kiosk

Guided walking tours with RSABG nature interpreters featuring beautiful wildflowers and seasonal highlights. Walks continue Saturday and Sunday, through May 3. Free with Garden admission or membership. Walks are approximately 60-90 minutes in length; guests may drop off tours as needed.