Blue Star Museum Days - May 24-September 1

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) is a participant in the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission for active-duty military and their families between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day.

Complimentary admission begins Saturday, May 24, and will continue through Monday, September 1, 2014, and includes all active-duty military personnel and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members). The RSABG is also extending the free Garden admission to veterans (admission fees still apply for veterans' family members). To receive free admission to the Garden, bring your current military identification or family member identification or veteran identification card to the Garden's admission kiosk. The Blue Star Museum free admission offer does not include special summer events at the Garden including admission to the Butterfly Pavillion and Garden Groove summer concerts. Admission to all RSABG summer events is available with purchases of standard ticket pricing.

The Blue Star Museum program recognizes the efforts and commitment by military personnel and includes active-duty National Guard and reserve officers. The nationwide project is coordinated by Blue Star Families, a non-partisan, non-profit that sponsors morale and empowerment programs for military families and raises public awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life. The Blue Star Museums is a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and more than 1,300 museums to offer free admission to all active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014.

 

The complete list of participating Blue Star Museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

For more information about Blue Star Families is available at www.bluestarfam.org.

Butterfly Pavilion: May 10 - August 3

May 10 - August 3, 2014

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-Butterfly program - More information coming soon!


Butterfly Release Party: August 3, 2014

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).

 

California Author Series - June 7, 2014

 

California Author Series – Hosted by the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Library

The library staff and volunteers at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden are pleased to announce a series of presentations by published or soon-to-be-published authors. The California Author Series is free with standard Garden admission.

The library hours are: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call (909) 625-8767 ext. 210.


Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m.Rancho Los Alamitos book cover

Author Claudia Jurmain (co-author with David Lavender & Larry L. Meyer)

Rancho Los Alamitos: Ever changing, always the same

Free with Standard Admission or Membership

A book-signing will follow the presentation.

Book Description:

Rooted in sacred ground and located under temperate skies, Rancho Los Alamitos is a microcosm of Southern California, with a history reflecting every decade from the late-eighteenth-century Alta California of New Spain to the headlong American present of Long Beach, California.

Filled with fascinating detail and intriguing characters, Rancho Los Alamitos begins over two thousand years ago, when the land was known as Povuu'ngna, an important ancestral village of the Tongva people. By the early twentieth century, Rancho Los Alamitos had become the home and working ranch of Fred and Florence Bixby (brother and sister-in-law of Susanna Bixby Bryant, founder of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden), whose idyllic way of life was supported by a newly discovered cache of crude oil buried deep within the ground.

 

WildflowersOfOC book cover imageSaturday, January 25, 11 a.m.

Authors Robert L. Allen and Fred M. Roberts, Jr. present:

Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains

Free with Standard Admission or Membership

A book-signing will follow the presentation.

Book Description:

Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains which includes Orange County, Santa Ana Mountains, Whittier-Puente-Chino Hills, Prado Basin, Temescal Valley, Elsinore Basin, Santa Rosa Plateau, San Mateo Canyon wilderness area, and San Onofre State Beach. This publication is a novice-friendly, technically accurate guide to wildflowers of cismontane southern California. Tailored to Orange Country and adjacent portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego Counties. it will prove a useful tool to identify and learn plant families, genera, and species in the Golden State.

Describes over 600 species with one or more photos of each. Arranged alphabetically by plant family, the plants are described, summarized, and illustrated to facilitate learning. Similar plant specifies are mentioned and their differences highlighted.

Includes section on geology, geography, flower parts, scientific names, plant communities, and places to go wildflower-watching, all accompanied by photographs and illustrations. Though technical terms are minimized, those used are presented in a glossary. Written, edited, and review by professional biologists and local experts.

In an approach unique among wildflower guides, living things that rely on specific plants are presented alongside those plants, such as monarch butterfly, goldenbush borer beetle, snowberry clearing moth, coastal California gnatcatcher, cactus wren, Anna's hummingbird and phainopepla. Groups of associated species ("guilds") discussed include milkweed, cactus, California sycamore, California buckwheat, California lilac, yucca, and cattail.

Each entry features:

- Common and scientific names.

- Description with diagnostic characteristics italicized.

- Flowering time, habitat, and local range.

- Known and suggested places to find the plant.

- Meaning of its scientific name and name of the person that named it.

- For many, similar species with which it may be confused.

From shoreline of Crystal Cove State Park; to the canyons, grasslands, and foothills of Caspers Wilderness Park; beckoning peaks of the Santa Ana Mountains; and the rolling hills and washes of Temescal Valley, this book will be your guide to the beautiful wildflowers you encounter.


Tyler Nordgren, "Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks"

In “Stars Above, Earth Below,” Tyler Nordgren uses a photo essay approach to examine the connection between astronomical topics and the landscapes of U.S. national parks. Nordgren's book is both a personal guide and scientific exploration into the deeper meaning for the astronomical phenomena on view in the night sky above national parks. Professor Nordgren teaches physics at the University of Redlands. 

 


Helen Popper, "California Native Gardening: A Month-by-Month Guide"

Please join us for the next California Author Series presentation at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, featuring Helen Popper. Popper’s recent book, "California Native Gardening: A Month-by-Month Guide" is the first month-by-month guide to gardening with native plants in a state that follows a unique, nontraditional seasonal rhythm. Her book provides detailed, calendar-based information for both beginning and experienced native gardeners. 

Popper explains, "The contents of the book reflect many lifetimes of experience. The information is culled from years of monthly meetings of the California Native Plant Society’s local ‘Gardening with Natives’ interest group. The group is made up of professionals and avid amateurs, including many who have been gardening with natives since the 1960s.” Popper has carefully assembled their thoughtful observations, added a few of her own, and this book is the result.

The author is an ardent native gardener and an economics professor at Santa Clara University. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. 

Following the presentation, visit the Library's used book sale, hosted by library staff and volunteers with proceeds benefiting ongoing library programs. The Free Native Plant Clinic will be held on the same day at Grow Native Nursery Claremont from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

New Library display: The Beauty of Wildflowers will feature books and prints from the RSABG library collection, focusing on wildflowers from California and the world.

 


The first in this series features Tom Sitton, author of “Grand Ventures – the Banning Family and the Shaping of Southern California.” Sitton is the former head of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He has written several publications about Southern California political history. His most recent book, “Grand Ventures”, will be the focus of his presentation, Saturday, February 11 at 11 a.m., in the East Classroom.

After the presentation, the library is hosting a Library Open House, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., with tours of the special collections and archives room.

The author talk series and library open house are free with standard Garden admission.

 

In collaboration with the Family Bird Fest, February 19, the library’s current rare book display “Birds in Print—Words and Pictures,” highlights several of RSABG's beautiful bird books and original paintings from the special collections.

Claremont Folk Festival - May 31

Claremont folk festival logo-201431st Annual Claremont Folk Festival

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tickets: On Sale March 16

General Admission: $40 

RSABG Member: $35 (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: $125

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 31st 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.

The Garden will be open only to event ticket holders on May 31. Festival attendees can visit the Butterfly Pavilion for the standard admission fee, $2 per visitor, 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.

This year's lineup includes, on the Pete Seeger Stage:

  • Ben and Ellen Harper 
  • Dave Alvin and The Guilty Ones 
  • The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet 
  • The Chapin Sisters 
  • The Coals
  • Blue Highway 
  • On May 6 we will be announcing the addition of very special guests. 

The Oak Tree Stage performers are:

  • Peter Harper
  • Phoebe Bridgers 
  • Rick Shea 
  • Old Brown Shoe 
  • Steve James 
  • Ross Altman. 

New to the Festival will be Ohana Ukulele Island, featuring workshops, performances and all things uke. 

Children's activities run all day long, with storytelling, rhythm workshop, art activities, mosaic making and gardening.

The Garden's Butterfly Pavilion will be open as well ($2 additional per person)

Workshops in Gypsy guitar (master class), banjo (beginning), harmonica, songwriting, cajon drumming, protest songs, drum circle and bottleneck slide guitar are offered. 

Gourmet food trucks will be on-site, as well as Bert & Rocky's Cream Company, Dale Bros. Brewery, Claremont Craft Ales and Plume Ridge Bottle Shop will be selling beer and wine.

Local artists will be selling a variety of art, jewelry and musical instruments. The Folk Music Center Museum and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden are both California non-profit organizations. Those interested in a tax-deductible sponsorship can please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for information on opportunities and sponsor rewards.

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

Claremont Zombie Run! May 3

Claremont Zombie Run logo graphicSaturday, May 3, 2014

The outbreak begins at 7 a.m.

For full details and registration visit the full Claremont Zombie Run website.

Run, walk, or crawl; whatever you do, don't get lost in the zombie-infested maze! There has been a breakout of the zombie virus at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and scientists need your help to contain it. Surviving the maze will require a good sense of direction, stamina, and the ability to adapt quickly in a dense jungle of native California plant life.

The Botanic Garden used to be a beautiful place to take a peaceful stroll on a late afternoon; now it's ground zero of the latest zombie outbreak and you'll be lucky to make it out alive!

Whether you survive the maze or lose all your lives and come back from the dead, there is plenty of fun to be had at the post-apocalyptic party for zombies and humans alike.

This isn't just another zombie run. Our zombies have gone to our exclusive Zombie Training Camp and are highly skilled in making sure the run is filled with suspense and excitement.

Make sure to register early to get the discounted rate!

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!

Fall Planting Festival at Grow Native Nursery Claremont - October 4, 2014

October 4, 2014, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.fpf-sales-floor-image
Members-only 8 -10 a.m.

Buy beautiful California native plants at Grow Native Nursery’s season opening spectacular.

The Fall Planting Festival at Grow Native Nursery at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden will showcase thousands of California native and water efficient plants, many propagated from our own collections and not available anywhere else. Proceeds support Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden programs.

Click here to > Download plant list availability (Coming soon!)

 

 

The event will include a lecture series with 30-minute horticultural and landscape design talks at 10 a.m, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. and much more. Speaker line-up TBD and subject to change:

 

Garden Groove Summer Concerts

Thursday Evenings, June 26-July 31, 2014

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 California 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

Click here to buy season tickets online

Ticket Pricing

Individual event tickets:
Members: $6 adults; $3 seniors, students and children (3-12);
General public: $10 adults; $5 seniors, students and children (3-12)

Season tickets - get all 6 concerts for the price of 5 and avoid waiting in line!
Must be purchased by June 26.

Members: $30 adults, $15 seniors, students and children (3-12) for all six concerts
General public: $50 adults, $25 seniors, students and children (3-12) for all six concerts

Garden Groove 2014 Lineup

June 26: La Sirena y Orquesta Mar de Ashe -Eclectic variety of danceable Salsa, Latin Jazz, Bachata, Merengue and more!

July 3: Iliana Rose Band - Cuban Jazz
 
July 10: David Correa and Cascada - "Latin Guitar World Music"
 
July 17: Remember Then - A blast to the past musical tribute to rock and roll
 
July 24: The Blue Breeze Band - Motown R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz and Blues
 
July 31: Louie Cruz Beltran - An extensive repertoire from Brazilian style and Afro-Cuban rhythms, to a blend R&B, Salsa, Reggae, Latin, Rock and Jazz
 
Refreshments!

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.

Gourmet Gourmet Catering Menu for Garden Groove coming soon!

The 2014 Garden Groove concert series is sponsored, in part, by Golden State Water Company

Garden Walking Club - Saturday Mornings

Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.

Relieve stress, boost energy levels, improve health, track progress and enjoy the beautiful scenery of California’s native garden on your own or with the group. Participation is free (Garden admission fees apply); register at the admission kiosk.

 "Although I have been visiting the garden for many years, the Saturday walks are the best experiences I've ever had here."

~Ruth Crandall, San Dimas

About the Garden Walking Club

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Walking Club was created to provide members and frequent visitors with the opportunity to participate in a safe, healthy and educational walking experience while enjoying social enrichment, community building, and the wonders of the Garden.

Walking club promotes:

  • Physical and mental health
  • Enjoyment and appreciation of our natural environment
  • Awareness of one's surroundings, as well as ourselves

Walking club is free to join and participate in; register at the admission kiosk. Garden admission fees apply if participants are not RSABG members.

Group walks take place every Saturday beginning at 8:00 a.m. and are approximately 1 hour long, meeting at the admission kiosk. Walking club participants may walk any day or time (during regular business hours), individually or as a group. Informal group scheduling is encouraged. Don’t forget to log your time, distances and observations at the admission kiosk. Specially themed walks will be scheduled and announced via email and posted at the admission kiosk. For more information send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (909) 625-8767.

Track your route and distances using the guide and map available at the admission kiosk, as well as trail markers located around the main pathways of the Garden.

The Garden is laid out in three distinct areas:

Indian Hill Mesa Loop Trail: 0.5 mile around
(Or 0.7 mile total roundtrip distance from admission kiosk)

This loop trail highlights Indian Hill Mesa a large flat-topped hill of dense clay soils, heavily planted with mature cultivars and wild species of native plants. Traveling counter-clockwise along the trail you’ll pass the California Cultivar Garden, north mesa restrooms, Walter and Gracie Lantz Outdoor Classroom, California Natives Container Garden, Benjamin Pond and the California Garden Gift Shop and RSABG administration building.

East Alluvial Gardens Trail: 0.9 mile total roundtrip
(or 0.45 mile one direction)

This ‘out and back’ trail travels north from the admission kiosk along the East Alluvial Gardens found at the base of the eastern edge of the Indian Hill Mesa and includes the Desert Garden and the Coastal Dune and California Channel Islands collections. The trail passes the Tongva Village interpretive site and the Majestic Oak before terminating at the Plant Communities Loop Trail.

Plant Communities Loop Trail: 1.0 mile around
(Or 1.7 miles total roundtrip distance from the admission kiosk via the Indian Hill Mesa Loop Trail) (Or 1.9 miles total roundtrip distance from the admission kiosk via the East Alluvial Gardens Trail)

This loop trail is accessible from either the Indian Hill Mesa Loop Trail or the East Alluvial Gardens Trail. The northern 55 acres of the Garden are home to the Plant Communities with displays of some of our most impressive specimens in the entire collection. The large serene grove of Four-needle Pinyon, the spring-blooming California Flannel Bushes and distinctive jmlhua trees are found here.

 

Garden with a View - Sunday, May 4

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You are cordially invited Garden with a View at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m.

This year our annual fundraiser will focus on experiencing California native plants at the Garden. The event will be a progressive party including socializing, live music, refreshments, hors d'oeuvres, and silent and live auction, door prizes, behind-the-scenes tours, and sit-down dessert with champagne.

Tickets $100 RSABG members, $125 public
To register on-line click here.
RSVP requested by April 25

On-line Auction
This year's on-line auction features items that will be a part of the silent auction at the event. The on-line auction will close at the event. Click the link below to view this a sampling of this year's items and bid on-line today!  If you want to secure the item, chose the buy now price.

Go to the on-line AUCTION

Live auction preview coming soon

Become a sponsor or underwriter coming soon

Garden with a View Menu

Reception at the Horticulture Complex with live music and silent auction
Smoked gouda and carmelized onion quesadillas with salsa fresca and sour cream
Marinated grilled lime and garlic shrimp
Asparagus spears with Dijon prosciutto
Baked brie with black current preserves and pine nuts, baked in puff pastery; served with bread and crackers
Vegetarian eggplant and mushroom panini's
Beef bulgogi: marinated beef with a hint of fresh ginger, served on lettuce leaf cups
Spinach and mushroom tartlets
Chicken satey skewers with fresh pineapple
Italian hand rolled calzone: raost turkey, beef and ham, layered with mozzarella and marinara then baked in rosemary bread

Sit-down dessert at the California Courtyard with live auction
Medley of aged stilton, boursin, and gouda cheeses
Dessert trio: marscapone cheesecake, pear and amaretto triffle, and Nutella stack

Drinks
Wine, beer, and champagne
Water, lemonade, tea, and coffee

Thank you to our Sponsors!
(as of March 21)

Gold Sponsors

esri

Judith B. Friend

Silver Sponsors

Luzma & Thomas C. Brayton

Elin R. Dowd Consulting

Maria & Richard A. Grant Jr.

Beverly w. Maloof

Lucinda A. McDade & John Lundberg

monrovia

Muriel E. Poston

senhe seed co

Underwriters

DoubleTree2

Los Angeles County Fair Association

Marcia & Michael LaCour-Little

Mt. San Antonio Gardens

Native Designs by RSABG Volunteers

stone brewing co

Total Wine & More

Krista Von Stetten

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. .

 

 

Gateways to the Communities

Gateways to the Communities Exhibition Opening Events Thursday, April 4 through Saturday, April 6

Free with Garden admission or membership.

An inspirational fusion of horticulture, science, conservation and art revitalizes the California Plant Communities at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

Step off the pavement onto a new trail designed to help you explore the diversity of plant life in California. Brightly painted arbors are your threshold—gateway—to plant community interpretative hubs along the Communities Trail.

Along this new loop path you can learn how each area will evolve so that RSABG may more effectively demonstrate California plant associations while also connecting horticulture, conservation and research.

Fifty-five acres make up the California Plant Communities at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

The California Plant Communities offer visitors a chance to experience the distinct regional association of plants that share growing conditions. But the communities are some of the least publicly appreciated areas in the Garden. Scott LaFleur, director of horticulture, is working to change that.

“I want to make the communities more understandable to visitors,” said LaFleur. “The Gateways to the Communities will help us tell the story of our collections and share information about the connections between botanical research and conservation horticulture.”

The Gateways project is a long-term undertaking and a critical aspect of RSABG master planning that involves reorganization of the California Plant Communities. The communities’ overhaul will help RSABG better convey plant diversity and adaptations within specific geographical boundaries such as the California islands, Baja California and scrub communities.

It will rearrange the communities and gardens to put the right plant in the right place, while preserving accessioned plants that cannot be moved. Following the Master Plan, The Gateways project creates the Communities Trail, a main loop around the California Plant Communities with educational signs and occasional respite with shade, water and plant and communities information.

More than a dozen arbors donated to RSABG will soon become the thresholds—gateways—to each plant community. The brightly colored arbors will be interpretative hubs along the Communities Trail and will offer visitors an opportunity to experience the creativity and ingenuity of the RSABG horticulturists who in addition to caring for the Garden’s beautiful plant collections are creating amazing environmental art in the California Plant Communities.

Listen to an audio tour of Gateways to the Communities.

Guided Tram Tour - Third Sundays

Third Sunday of every month, 10 a.m.

First come, first served. Seating is limited.

Tours are 60-90 minutes in length.

See the plant communities of the California coast and Mojave Desert in an hour! The RSABG Guided Tram Tour offers guided exploration of the Garden’s northern 55 acres and highlights the beautiful and amazing diversity of the California Floristic Province.

Tickets are available after 8 a.m., at the admission kiosk the day of the tour. Tickets $5 per person; ticket required in addition to standard Garden admission or membership.