From April 13 through April 21, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, California, invites visitors to experience their backyard superbloom at the Garden’s Wildflower Week. Prepare for a bonanza of color, fragrance and beauty at this nine-day celebration of California’s wildflowers featuring wild-collected species, annual displays, an art exhibition and more.
Continuing a historic tradition spanning more than 70 years, Wildflower Week connects visitors to the beauty and value of California’s flowers by bringing blooms from remote wildlands and conservation sites directly to Garden guests. This year, annual displays and Garden venues have been transformed with cultivated annuals, including favorites like California poppies, baby-blue eyes, lupines and much more. In addition, the Garden is producing the inaugural The Art of the Wildflower exhibition, a group show featuring California artists focused on wildflowers and their work in direct relationship with the vivid blooms and fragrances of the Wildflower Show.
Wildflower Week Schedule of Events
Wildflower Happy Hour – April 13 | 5 pm – 7 pm: Celebrate the commencement of Wildflower Week and be one of the first to see the Wildflower Show and The Art of the Wildflower exhibition. Free with Garden admission. Limited to the first 200 guests. Enjoy inspire
d cocktails, craft beer and wine for an additional fee.
Wildflower Show – April 13, 14 & 15 | 10 am – 4 pm: Experience a curated display of hundreds of California wildflowers collected by Garden botanists from sites throughout Southern California. Garden members are granted early access to see the Wildflower Show on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, at 8 am.
Native Designs Show – April 16 – 21 | 10 am – 4 pm: Native Designs, the Garden’s volunteer group of talented floral designers, grows and harvests California native plants for arrangements and displays. They produce arrangements for weddings, gatherings and many other events. This year, each Native Designer will showcase their own stylistic voice and selection of California native plants in an exhibition dedicated to their remarkable craft.
The Art of the Wildflower – All Week: This group exhibition brings together contemporary artists inspired by California’s diverse and remarkable wildflowers. A portion of artwork sales benefit Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and its California native plant mission.
Wildflower Trails – All Week: Discover Garden paths and venues transformed with wild color from beautiful California annuals and perennial plants.
Tram Tours – All Week | 1 pm: Delight in a guided tram tour through the Garden and learn about the colorful blooms and blossoms native to California. Approximately 45 minutes. $5 per person. Space is limited for tram tours.
Field Trip | Sand to Snow National Monument – April 20 | 8 am – 6 pm: Join Garden botanists and staff on a botanical adventure to the Sand to Snow National Monument and discover the beautiful blooming plants that inhabit this special place. Transportation and snacks are included in the cost of the field trip. Please bring a sack lunch, water, comfortable hiking shoes and sun protection. Space is limited. $75 Public | $60 Members.
About Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants, promoting botany, conservation and horticulture to inspire, inform and educate the public and scientific community about California’s native flora. The Garden is a living museum with curated collections of more than 22,000 California native plants, some of which are rare or endangered. Spread across 86 acres in Claremont, California, the Garden is located approximately 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The Garden displays about 2000 taxa of California plants and includes those native to the California Floristic Province.