Gateways audio tour


Audio tour: Gateways to the Communities

Join us for an audio exploration of a few of the features of Gateways to the Communities, an inspirational fusion of horitculture, science, conservation and art. The project, which began Summer 2012, revitalizes the California Plant Communities at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Read more.

 

Stop 1 of 10
Welcome to the Gateways to the Communities
Guide: Scott LaFleur, RSABG Director of Horticulture

The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden master plan is a road map for organizational advancement. Gateways to the Communities serves as the pilot public project to revitalize RSABG’s grounds and harmonize the living collection with the master plan.

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Stop 2 of 10
Art Installation "Communi-Trees"
Guide: Joshua Kreutzer, RSABG Horticulturist

Each is an artistic expression—a resurrected tree—built from mixed stumps and branches, gathered in the California Plant Communities at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. They are sometimes topped with a live plant or small potted tree.

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Stop 3 of 10
Art Installation "When Native is Not"
Guide: Scott LaFleur, RSABG Director of Horticulture

“When Native is Not,” draws attention to the differences between a California native plant and a California native plant community.

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Stop 4 of 10
Care for the Rare
Guide: Abby Hird, BGCI Researcher

Abby Hird, researcher with Botanic Gardens Conservation International tells us about the Care for the Rare, an interpretation project to help conservation organization share stories of threatened and rare plants.

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Stop 5 of 10
The Future Island House
Guide: Scott LaFleur

The island house will be the first community house interpretation centers to be built. The open air ramada will feature interpretation, shade and water.

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Stop 6 of 10
Art Installation "Dead Tree Container-Retainer: Barking Dog Barrier"
Guide: Joshua Kreutzer, RSABG Horticulturist

The double-peaked berm, created from dead trees and rocks, resemble Cucamonga and Ontairo peaks, and provide a sound and visual buffer for our neighbors to the north.

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Stop 7 of 10
Art Installation "Cedar Point"
Guide: Joshua Kreutzer, RSABG Horticulturist

As you walk through “Cedar Point,” observe the crossing spikes become an opening gateway.

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Stop 8 of 10
Art Installation "Abramsiana Chaparral Garden Gate"
Guide: Joshua Kreutzer, RSABG Horticulturist

This piece began as an experiement to test the weaving capabilities of cypress. The branches were surprizingly flexible and it quickly grew into this beautiful garden gate.

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Stop 9 of 10
Art Installation: "California Caterpillar Cavern"
Guide: Dago Lopez, RSABG Horticulturist

“California Caterpillar Cavern,” is a small-scale butterfly sanctuary to inspire gardeners.

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Stop 10 of 10
The Future Garden Entry
Guide: Scott LaFleur, RSABG Director of Horticulture

One of the most significant changes called for by the master plan is to move the public entrance to Indian Hill Boulevard. This will increase the visibility of the Garden and provide a beautiful and accessible entrance.

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