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

More information coming soon!

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
http://www.amazon.com/Will-Live-Forever-Traditional-Preparation/dp/0930588452

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.
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/foraging-california-christopher-nyerges/1116819401?ean=9780762786848

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 https://deborahsmall.wordpress.com/projects/000-ethnobotanical-calendar-2010-pdf/

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
http://www.urbanoutdoorskills.com/wildfoodlab.html

1:55 p.m. Presentation #6
California Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Evergreen Huckleberries to Wild Ginger - Judith Larner Lowry, Author
http://www.amazon.com/California-Foraging-Flavorful-Evergreen-Huckleberries/dp/1604694203

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

Claremont Eclectic: A Tour of Six Local Gardens - April 19

Sunday, April 19, 1-4 p.m. Claremont Eclectic web

Check in begins 10 a.m. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (Tour Gardens are available for viewing from 1-4 p.m.)

Tickets are $20 per person

Claremont Eclectic: A Tour of Six Local Gardens provides a unique opportunity to visit six outstanding and varied local gardens. If you are interested in inventive Claremont landscaping, you won't want to miss this! The tour is Sunday, April 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. and the price of the ticket ($20) includes admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden on April 19 and one additional day pass (must be used within 30 days of event date). Ticket holders are welcomed to enjoy the Annual Wildflower Show event also occurring on April 19 at the Garden before going on the tour.

Tickets may be purchased online up to the night before the tour, in person in advance at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's Admissions Kiosk, Claremont Heritage (located in the Garner House at Memorial Park), or Rio de Ojas and Vom Fass (located in the Claremont Village). If tickets remain available on the day of the event (April 19) they will be sold at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

Garden Tour Ticket holders can pick up a brochure and tour map at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday April 19 (RSABG opens at 8 a.m., ticket holders are also welcome to enjoy the Garden before 10 a.m. as well.)

Please note the Tour Gardens are available for viewing from 1-4 p.m.

Proceeds benefit Sustainable Claremont Garden Club and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Tickets are limited, get yours today!

Mother's Day Champagne Brunch and Lunch - May 10

Sunday, May 10, 2015 

Brunch seating begins at 8:45 a.m.
Brunch served at 9:30 a.m. 
 
Lunch seating begins at 12:00 p.m.
Lunch served at 12:30 p.m.

This year, our Mother's Day Champagne Brunch and Lunch events are nestled among our new and fragrant Secrets of Sage Exhibit in the California Natives Container Garden. Sit amid a display of amazing Salvia species ('true sages') to set the tone for an unforgettable dining experience during this one of a kind exhibit.

Steve Rushingwind - webSeating is limited for this exclusive annual event celebrating Mothers. You'll enjoy fantastic food, superb table service and a dining atmosphere only possible at California's Native Garden; listen to live music performed by Steve Rushingwind and don't forget the giveaways we have in store for Moms at each table. Tickets inlcude free Garden admission and FREE tickets to our popular Butterfly Pavilion for your party on Mother's Day. The Butterfly Pavilion is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Complimentary tram service to and from the venue will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. for Brunch and 11:30 for Lunch.

Guests are also welcome to have their family photograph taken by photographer Sonja Stump of Sonja Stump Photography; No sitting fee; photo proofs can be viewed online and purchased after the event.

Ticket prices for Brunch or Lunch:

Member: Adult $48 / Child (ages 3-12) $30
Public: Adult $65 / Child (ages 3-12) $40

Advance tickets are required - the event will sell out. Please note the RSABG member discount - to view membership options and to become a member, click here. Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with questions or for additional information.

ORDER TICKETS for Brunch (9:30 a.m.) Menu

Preset at tables upon arrival:
Fresh Fruit Plate
Baskets of Home Baked Muffins, Scones, and Breakfast Breads
Butter and Berry Preserves
 
Served Main Course:
Ricotta and Orange Blintzes with Strawberry Sauce garnished with Fresh Strawberries
Artichoke and Mushroom Quiche with Swiss and Feta Cheeses
Herb Roasted Potatoes
Grilled Chicken and Apple Sausages
 
Children's Meal (Ages 12 and under):
Belgian Waffle with Maple Syrup and Scrambled Eggs
 
Dessert Buffet:
Assortment of Petite Sweets;
Pate Choux Cream Puffs, Lemon & Kiwi Tartlets, Mini Chocolate Truffle Cakes
Apple Cobbler with Freshly Whipped Cream (Whipped Cream on the side)
Alex's Homemade Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing
German Chocolate Cake
 
Beverages:
Champagne, Mimosas, and assorted beverages
Orange Juice, Apple Juice
Regular and Decaffeinated Coffees
Hot Water with Assorted Teas

ORDER TICKETS for Lunch (12:30 p.m.) Menu

Preset at tables upon arrival:
Gourmet Green Salad with Oranges, Red Wine Vinaigrette and Creamy Herb Dressing on the side
Baskets of Freshly Baked Artisan Breads with butter
 
Served Main Course:
Chicken Saltimboca - Chicken Breast rolled with Prosciutto, Sage, & Parmesan, served with a delicious Marsala Wine Sauce.
Wild and Brown Rice Pilaf with Toasted Pecans
Julienne Vegetables
 
Vegetarian Option:
Truffled Vegetable Pot Pie, Wild Rice Pilaf, Vegetables
 
Children's Meal (Ages 12 and under):
Chicken Breast Tenders (with ranch dip and BBQ sauce),
Macaroni and Cheese, Julienne Vegetables
 
Dessert Buffet:
Assortment of Petite Sweets;
Pate Choux Cream Puffs, Lemon & Kiwi Tartlets, Mini Chocolate Truffle Cakes
Apple Cobbler with Freshly Whipped Cream (Whipped Cream on the side)
Alex's Homemade Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing
German Chocolate Cake
 
Beverages:
Champagne, Mimosas, and assorted beverages
Iced Tea and Lemonade
Regular and Decaffeinated Coffees
Hot Water with Assorted Teas

Butterfly Pavilion: May 9 - August 2

May 9 - August 2, 2015

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.

Adopt-a-Pollinator Program

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. [coming soon] 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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (909) 625-8767 ext. 221.

 

Butterfly Release Party: August 2, 2015

Free Butterfly Pavilion Admission on Sunday, August 2! (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.

Download butterfly information packet (PDF).