Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s $75,000 Matching-Gift Challenge is Met with Enthusiasm by Garden Donors
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden has come one step closer to its goal of raising $1 million in annual fund donations this year through The Garden Fund, the non-profit’s 2011-12 fundraising campaign. The non-profit organization is celebrating the completion of a $75,000 matching grant which tripled donors’ contributions to The Garden Fund.
Volunteer at California’s native garden—Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
There are two New Volunteer Orientation, “RSABG 101,” sessions to choose from. Prospective volunteers can choose from two, two-day sessions: Fridays, September 21 and October 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or Saturdays, September 29 and October 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enrollment in the volunteer orientation course requires an interview with the volunteer manager.
Autumn is the best time to plant California native perennials, shrubs, bulbs and wildflower seeds.
Since native plants have spent generations adapting to local growing conditions, they are great additions to home landscapes—and one that can save you time and resources. Native plants are rarely invasive. They support local wildlife—birds and butterflies depend on them for food shelter and nesting. And most of all they are beautiful.
Undergraduate students have come to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden for a plant systematics and evolutionary biology workshop August 11 through 21, 2012.
The workshop offers students a hands-on plant science learning opportunity—from collecting and making plant specimens to DNA extraction to working with the scanning electron microscope to analyzing the data that result from such a project.
Students have come from colleges and universities in Indiana, Arkansas, Texas and Southern California, as well as international students from Namibia and Venezuela. Professors Lucinda McDade and J. Mark Porter are leading the workshops and Kristen Hasenstab-Lehman, CGU doctoral candidate, is serving as the teaching assistant.
The intensive 10-day workshop will focus on the types of research questions and methods used in reconstructing evolutionary relationships in plants. Topics to be covered include: DNA extraction and sequencing methods, scanning electron microscopy, anatomy and morphology, field collection techniques and herbarium curation. Participants will learn to use Internet tools (e.g., GenBank) and software packages to gather, process and analyze phylogenetic data.
The workshop is made possible through funding provided by the U.S. National Science Foundation.
Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) has ranked Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s oak collection as 28th largest collection of rare or endangered oaks in the world.
The survey identified 3,796 oak records from 198 institutions in 39 countries. RSABG’s collection of oaks was deemed a significant botanic garden collection by assigning a score for each taxa within the garden’s collection and the number of unique or rare collections.
Read more about BGCI’s global survey of ex situ oak collections at their website.
The intention of “Processing Seeds of California Native Plants for Conservation, Storage, and Restoration,” by Michael Wall and John Macdonald might be encapsulated with the well-placed quote in the manual’s brief preface.
The editors selected an excerpt from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s 1961 “Seeds, The Yearbook of Agriculture,” that concludes with an apt description of the humble seed’s purpose—“Seeds are containers of embryonic plants, the embryos of a new generation.”
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rebecca Coleman Lerback as the director of development as of Monday, February 21, 2011. Lerback brings 23 years of experience working in advancement with institutions of higher education and nonprofits and will oversee Garden fund-raising and encourage philanthropy.
The beauty of California lies not only in our remarkable flora, but in its people as well. For the indigenous peoples of the region, native plants often became cultural pillars.
The gift shop at the Garden is now featuring traditional willow and wiregrass baskets and clay pottery hand made by Pai Pai and Kumeyaay Indians tribes in Baja California, Mexico.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) announced a series of budget cuts aimed at ensuring the organization remains in a stable financial position.
Garden officials identified seven staff positions that have been subject to an involuntary reduction in force as part of these cuts.
Five of these positions were professional and managerial employees. A severance package—which includes severance pay based on years of service and the employer health insurance contribution through the end of June—has been offered to those staff members affected by the reduction in force.
- Claremont High School students show off research at RSABG
- Green Tips for Earth Day
- RSABG chosen Best of LA 2010
- Rare Plant Treasure Hunt
- World travelers: RSABG botanists
- Botany Students Land Research Grants
- Fraga Awarded 2010 Switzer Fellowship
- Rare Botanical Folk Art Revealed
- Curating the plant specimens of the Thorne collection
- Seeds of Success
- New articles by Professor Prince
- Newly-Minted Graduates
- RSABG Research Welcomes Visiting Scholars
- Sorting out the Ruellieae Family Tree
- 'Reimagining the California Lawn'
- Claremont Unified School Board honors RSABG
- 2011 Volunteer Service Awards
- Columbus Advances to Professor of Botany
- Growing Green Jobs with Ahmanson Grant
- BCM Foundation Grant Helps Kids Get Outdoor Education
- RSABG Scientists at 2011 Botany Conference
- Solarization of Fay's Wildflower Meadow
- Make Room for Wildlife
- Botany Students Earn Grants
- Botanist Recognized for Outstanding Scientific Presentation
- Mapping the Garden
- Native Landscapes: The Albrigos
- California Native Plants: Poodle-dog Bush
- Garden Helps Prepare Job Seekers for Green Horticulture Jobs
- Lenz Sculpture Collection
- Library Page Turning
- RSABG Hosts Invasive Plants and Pathogen Workshop
- Student Research Calendar
- Post-Doc Earns National Geographic Society Grant
- A Manzanita Lost and Found
- Searching for the Plant Families
- Two New DIGG Awards
- Botanists Travel Briefs
- Plant Safari
- CPC Annual Meeting 2012
- LaFleur to Direct Horticulture at the Garden
- New Student Grants and Visiting Scientists
- Help the Garden Grow
- David Rogers' Big Bugs
- Horticulture and Propagation of Native Plants at the Garden
- The Mediterranean City Conference 2012
- USFWS 2011 Recovery Champion
- Wall Awarded Important Conservation Award
- Volunteer in Angeles National Forest
- Botanizing Around the Globe
- Become a Fan of Getting Native
- Bumper Crop of Interns at the Garden
- Porter and Morawetz NSF Grant Awards