California Native Sage Festival - March 28

Salvia greatae-detail D-Bell webSaturday, March 28, 2015, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Claremont, California

Included with standard admission or membership.

Experience the scents, sights, and flavors at this 2nd annual garden event celebrating Salvia species native to California.

Check out sage-related vendors, try a sample of some sage-inspired culinary delights, enjoy a free workshop or wildflower walk, listen to music and get sage advice (of course!). 

Check back often as we build this list of participants and activities. MEMBERS: There will be a special RSABG member event from 10 am to noon in the Container Garden - come get your first look at our new Secrets of Sage exhibit!

20-minute lectures in the California Courtyard (TBA)

Sage activities, booths and confirmed participants in the 2015 Sage Festival include:

  • NEW Sage products in the California Garden Gift Shop, including Sage Honey and Naked Infusions' Sage Salsa!
  • BEE Green Honey
  • Bert and Rocky's Ice Cream Company
  • Native sage recipe tastings by Chia Cafe and RSABG staff
  • Food Truck: The Hurricane Kitchen will be on hand for those who want to purchase lunch and picnic.
  • Fresh native plant flower arrangements by Native Designs
  • Grow Native Nursery - with many varieties of native sages to choose from!
  • Opening of the new Secrets of Sage exhibit in the Container Garden
  • Padua Farms hand-made soaps and balms, infused with native sages and other herbs
  • Pomona College Organic Farm
  • Potpourri craft (child-friendly)
  • Live music by the High Strung Trio
  • Locally made sage-infused raw nut milk by RawNutMilk
  • Sage Advice - (How could we NOT include this?)
  • Sage Scavenger Hunt
  • 'See the Sages Salvia Stroll' - Guided 30-minute walking tours highlighting sages in the garden; scheduled to depart at 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12, 12:30, 1, and 1:30 from the California Courtyard.
  • Try your luck on the Wheel of Sage!
  • and MORE!

National Public Gardens Day - May 8 - Free Admission Day

Free Garden Admission for all 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (last entry at 4:30 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 take advantage of these opportunities. 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.

Tentative Schedule - - Actual schedule and opportunities may vary.

Behind-the-scenes Open House Opportunities
10-11:30 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m.

  • Herbarium with Mare Nazaire, Ph.D., Collections Manager, Herbarium [RSA-POM] and curatorial staff
  • Molecular Laboratory with Loraine Washburn, Laboratory Manager and Conservation Botanist, assisted by Botany Program Graduate Students
  • Library and Archives with Irene Holiman, Library Specialist
  • Seed Conservation Program with Evan Meyer, Seed Conservation Program Manager
  • Nursery and Greenhouses with Antonio Sanchez and Dolores Ruiz, Grow Native Nursery

Garden Walking Tours
Start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Join us for 60-minute guided walking tours of the Garden including our Secrets of Sage exhibit in the California Container Garden. 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.

 

Garden with a View - Sunday, May 3

2015 GWV watercolor detail

Join us for Garden with a View at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, our annual garden party fundraiser!
 
Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Tickets: $125 per person

Enjoy live music, a farm to table dinner, and silent and live auctions, all to benefit the conservation, horticulture, and educational programs of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.


Register on-line, or return your RSVP card by April 24 (invitations will be mailed in March).  Join our leadership donors by becoming a table sponsor ($2,500 and up), underwriter ($1,000 and up), or program advertiser ($250 and up). Contact Anne Scott-Putney, Director of Development, to reserve your ad or sponsorship by April 6, (909) 625-8767 ext. 222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Auction Preview

Gold Cup Tree Poppy, watercolor, 12"x18" copyright 2014 Eric Davis
Native Landscape Consultation for your home, with RSABG Director of Horticulture Peter Evans
Go Behind the Gates of Tejon Ranch, an overnight trip led by RSABG's Nick Jensen
Coronado Island 4-day Retreat, provided by Mary and Hank Perera
Audobon Print from Original Plates, contributed by Dr. Lee W. Lenz

And more!

Check back the week of April 13 and start bidding. Select items will be available for purchase or bid prior to the event in our on-line auction.

Questions? Call us at (909) 625-8767 ext. 221 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Dinner & Entertainment

Farm to table dinner by Primal Alchemy, "cooking what nature provides" using California-grown fresh, sustainable, organic foods. Wine by Gainey Vineyard.
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Live music by Michael Ryan and Ken Soderlund.

Remarks by RSABG Volunteer Cindy Walkenbach.

 

Platinum Sponsor
Anonymous
 
Gold Sponsor
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Silver Sponsors
Thomas C. Brayton
Lucinda McDade & John Lundberg
monrovia

northern trust
 

In-Kind Sponsors
Los Angeles County Fair Association
Native Designs (of the Volunteers of RSABG)
stone brewing co
 
 

Underwriters
pacific western bank
 
 
 
 
 
Hester & Lon Bell
 
 

Weekend Wildflower Walks - March 21-May 3

Weekend Wildflower Walks Chyrofremontodendron lenzii cropped Eric Garton

Saturdays 11 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.

 

A Living Legacy: the Collections of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

March 14 - June 28, 2015Legacy Exhibit shot

Gallery open to the public daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Included with standard admission or membership. 

This exhibition explains Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's involvement in California botany and plant conservation through items from our five collections: 

  • Living Collection
  • Herbarium
  • Library
  • Seeds
  • Archives

Specially selected items from all five collections--historical photographs, journal entries, illustrations, rare books, herbarium specimens, seeds and seed processing equipment, and significant plants--are on display.

 

 

Garden Run: Zombie Apocalypse! - May 2

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The outbreak begins at 7 a.m.

For full details and registration visit the full Garden Run: Zombie Apocalypse website.

What do I get for registering?
  • Access to the zombie-infested garden. You are free to run through as many times as you like!
  • Access to the base camp with festivities and the post-apocalypse after party with DJ and beer garden.
  • Runners packet that includes a free event shirt.
  • Opportunity to win FREE beer (21 and over) or soft drink of choice for surviving the zombies with your flag belt.

Pricing:
til Dec 31 – $25
Jan 1 to Jan 31 – $35
Feb 1 to May 1 – $45
May 2- $55

Follow us on Facebook for discounts.

Event Day Schedule:

  • Grounds open at 7 a.m., first wave leaves at 7:15 a.m.
  • Waves leave in 15 or 30 minute intervals.
  • You must select a preferred start time when you register for the run. Show up at least a half hour early to allow time for parking and to find the start line.
  • This was a very popular run last year and start times are going to sell out fast. Sign up early for best pricing and to insure you get your preferred start time.
  • Last wave leaves at noon and the celebration continues at the base camp with a post-apocalypse after party. Grab a cold craft brew at the beer garden to celebrate with friends and enjoy the festivities.
  • Party ends at 3 p.m.

Things to Note:

Parking: FREE

Survive the running course without a zombie taking your flag belt and win a free craft brew from the beer garden! Those under 21 win a free soft drink of their choice. (Limit one per person and those competing in the team competition are not eligible).

Distance: this course is a full 3-4K of pure zombie mayhem. Do you have what it takes?

Spectators: it is entirely free for spectators to be at the base camp and observe the carnage. Cheer on your friends and have a toast with them in the beer garden at the post-apocalypse after party!

Kids: this is a family friendly event. There will be a kid’s zone at the base camp with activities and attractions for the young zombie survivors to enjoy. There is also a special trail for kids to run where there will be no zombies to frighten them. This trail is entirely sectioned off from the scary adult trail. It will feature an exercise where the kids are tasked with running the course to find bottles of zombie antivirus to stop the spread of the disease.

A percentage of the proceeds support Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden to assist in increasing awareness about native plant life and sustainable habitats. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Red Cross are among the other charitable organizations that will be beneficiaries of this event. Please join us in showing support for these great organization and we will make sure you have fun doing it!

Claremont Folk Festival - May 30 - Special Ticketed Event

32nd Annual Claremont Folk FestivalCFF 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - Gates open 10 a.m.

Tickets: On Sale NOW!

General Admission and VIP Seating tickets are available. Children 12 and under are admitted free, except in the VIP section. VIP tickets are limited and the price includes prime reserved seating and VIP lanyard. VIP tickets must be purchased for children.

  • General Admission: $35 
  • RSABG Member: $30 (with Discount Code; please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and membership number to receive the code or call 909-625-8767 ext. 221)
  • VIP Tickets: $100

CLICK HERE to Purchase Event Tickets online (online ticketing through Brown Paper Tickets; nominal service charge may apply - Select 'Enter a Password or Discount Code' where indicated to enter your discount code if an RSABG member)

Tickets may also be purchased IN PERSON at the Folk Music Center in the Claremont Village.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is proud to welcome the Claremont Folk Festival back for its 32nd exciting year of live music, an artists’ village, music and art workshops, great food and children’s entertainment. The Claremont Folk Festival is presented by the Folk Music Center and Museum, a Claremont nonprofit organization.

Only event ticket holders will be admitted to the Garden on May 30. Festival attendees can also visit the Butterfly Pavilion at NO CHARGE from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Gourmet food trucks, local microbreweries and area caterers will provide food and drinks. Local artists will be selling art, musical instruments and more.

Featuring...
The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience & Blind Boy Paxton

A one hour mandolin class offered by David Grisman will offered with an additional fee (see online ticket purchasing for additional information)

Musical Performers:
The David Grisman Blue Grass Experience, Blind Boy Paxton, Dustbowl Revival, Tom Freund, Francisco Gonzalez, Perla Batalla, Claremont Allstar Polka Band, Peter Harper, Ross Altman, River and Rose, Fivacious

Music and Art Teachers:
Kevin Marin, Steve Goode, Leigh Adams, Ray McNamara, Ross Altman, Kent Besocke, Chris Wahl, Bob Hurton, Phoebe Millerwhite, and Sue Bush

Workshops:
Polka Dancing, Israeli Dancing, Folklorico Dancing, Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Mosaic Studio, Drum Circle, Fine Art with the dA Center for the Arts, Children's Rhythms, Harmonica, Protest Songs, Fiddle, and more

Kids Passport Activities:
Song Quilt, Face Painting, Butterfly Pavilion, Sunflower Planting, Community Art and more

Local artists will be selling a variety of art, musical instruments and more. Gourmet food trucks and local micro-breweries (Dale Bros Brewery & Claremont Craft Ales) will provide food service in designated areas during the Festival.

The Garden is a living museum, much different from a park or other recreation area, so personal food and animals (with the exception of identified service animals) are not allowed. We do encourage bringing refillable water bottles for personal hydration.

This is a Rain or Shine Event. Sorry, no refunds.

Visit and Like the Claremont Folk Festival's Facebook page by clicking here.

A Garden of Verses: Poetry Day in the Garden - April 11

Poppy webApril 11, 2015, 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. 

For a list of poets scheduled to appear and read on April 11, please click here. Please note this list is growing - check back for updates!

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