Botanic Garden

Cinema Botanica & Taste Wild

It’s a botanical movie night not to be missed! CalBG’s nature themed movie experiences (Cinema Botanica) and native plant food offerings (Taste Wild) come together for one special evening. Join us for a outdoor movie screening in the Forest Pavilion with delicious native plant inspired snacks and drinks.

This summer’s featured film is Song of the Sea: a fantastical animated tale featuring the magical connections between humans and the natural world. Captivating for all ages, this film follows the adventures of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land.

Every ticket holder receives popcorn with a native plant flavored topping, plus the option to purchase drinks and native plant flavored sweet treats.

Doors open at 7 PM for food and activities, movie starts at 8 PM. Seating provided (folding/plastic chairs) or bring your own comfy camp chairs.

$20 Public Adult | $15 Public Senior/Student/Child (3-12) | $15 Member Adult | $10 Member Senior/Student/Child (3-12)

Waterwise Community Festival

California Botanic Garden and Sustainable Claremont present a day of fun and learning about California native plants, waterwise landscaping, and how each of us can contribute to watershed health while helping our region build for a sustainable future. This free event will fill the gorgeous spring grounds of California Botanic Garden with informative booths and educational activities focusing on native plants and watersheds, family-friendly crafts and storytime, musical performances, mini-workshops and walks providing information about landscaping with California native plants, and more.

Fun and informative exhibitor booths will feature representatives from Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Chino Basin Water Conservation District, LA County Dept. of Public Works, California Native Plant Society, Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum, TreePeople, City of Claremont, Inland Empire Waterkeeper, Council for Watershed Health, San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector District, and more. Several family-oriented craft and activity stations will welcome participants to get hands on with water- and plant-themed art and storytelling. LA-based organization Living Earth (https://www.livingearth.la/) will curate an afternoon of musical performances inspired by the native plant surroundings at CalBG. California Botanic Garden staff will offer free mini-workshops on gardening topics such as lawn removal, irrigation, plant selection, and more. Artist Lachlan Turczan will debut new, dynamic water art. Local designers and landscape companies will be available for consulting. Water experts will present talks on watershed health, water history in the region, and restoration efforts in our local watersheds. Attendees can also take advantage of food and drink for sale, California native plants available for purchase at CalBG’s Grow Native Nursery, and an array of fun and helpful raffle prizes. For more information: https://www.calbg.org/events-programs/waterwise-community-festival.

Family Bird Festival

Fly, hop, waddle or soar to California Botanic Garden for the Family Bird Festival. Enjoy a day outdoors with hands-on experiences and educational opportunities for young beginners and bird enthusiasts alike, presented in partnership with Pomona Valley Audubon Society. Highlights include fun bird crafts, an immersive migration game, and booths from our friends at the International Bird Rescue, Friends of California Condors Wild and Free, San Dimas Canyon Nature Center, Alf Museum of Paleontology, CalPoly Pomona Urban Wildlife Lab, and more! Grab a treat, stay for lunch, and get involved with some community science at the Great Backyard Bird Count stations scattered throughout the Garden.

This event is Free with General Admission to the Garden.

Clayfornia: Ceramic Sculpture in the California Sunshine

Clay and California go together. Clay has been part of California’s history through every sun-dappled chapter and continues to find beautiful expressions in the hands of contemporary artists who call the Golden State home. The AMOCA Ceramics Studio (American Museum of Ceramic Art) in Pomona continues

Clayfornia will showcase fourteen AMOCA Ceramics Studio artists and their work at our Garden. We have invited these artists to explore and express California’s identity in the quintessential California medium of clay, set amidst native plants of California.

The exhibit will be open from November 8, 2020 through April 18, 2021.

FREE with daily admission.

Participating Artists:

Mary Beierle, Cj Jilek, Beverly Helfer-Grand, David Kiddie, Heidi Kreitchet, Gary Lett, Janell Lewis, Kim Lingo, Brandon Lomax, Mark Muscarello, David Pacheco, Scott Ross, Maureen Wheeler, and Jonas Wendelin.

Purchase Daily Admission Tickets: https://11213.blackbaudhosting.com/11213/page.aspx?pid=196&tab=2&txobjid=5925d119-b69e-47f1-95ff-1e6b8d0f297a 

More information: https://www.calbg.org/exhibitions/clayfornia 

 

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden to Host Origami in the Garden² Art Exhibition

A premiere art exhibit of origami sculptures in bronze, steel and aluminum sculptures is making its Southern California debut at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont on October 20th 2018 and continuing through April 14th, 2019. T he Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden officially welcomes Origami in the Garden², a series of large-scale metal sculptures inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding. Created by Santa Fe-based artists Jennifer and Kevin Box, the exhibition will feature garden installations and gallery works featuring the Boxs’ own compositions as well as collaborative works with some of the world’s top origami artists.

Sixteen original displays will be showcased throughout the Garden including the following:  Flying Peace, Crane Unfolding, Nesting Pair, Conversation Peace, White Bison, Star Unfolding, Paper Navigator, Rising Peace, Botanical Peace, Duo, Painted Ponies, Who Saw Who, Seed Sower/Seed, Hero’s Horse, Emerging Peace and Folding Planes.

Each of the sculptures in the Origami in the Garden² collection originated with a single piece of folded paper created by some of the world’s most noted origami artists, including Tim Armijo, Michael G. LaFosse, Beth Johnson, Robert J. Lang,  and Te Jui Fu. To recreate each piece for Origami in the Garden², Kevin Box pioneered a unique process of lost wax casting and fabrication to capture the delicate details of folded paper in museum-quality metals.

“Origami presents a simple metaphor; we all start with a blank page and what we do with it is up to us,” said Kevin Box, creator of Origami in the Garden. “We created Origami in the Garden to inspire people with the possibilities of what can be created from one simple piece of paper.”

“We are excited to showcase Origami in the Garden², an outdoor sculpture exhibition of larger-than-life origami creations by Jennifer and Kevin Box,”  said David Bryant, Manager of Communications, Design and Exhibitions. “These incredible sculptures, many created in collaboration with world famous Origami artists, will transform our Garden’s landscapes and invite audiences to experience the evocative connections between art and nature. Originating in Japan and celebrated around the world, Origami synthesizes elements of art, science and natural themes in creating expressive works from single sheets of paper. The exhibition brings these concepts to life in the transportive beauty of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.” 

Origami in the Garden² is free with general admission. Related family activities, lectures and workshops will accompany the exhibition, including an opening weekend celebration on October 20th and 21st. For more information including the latest schedule of events please visit www.rsabg.org.

Official Event Schedule:

Friday, October 19: Exhibition Opening at the annual Majestic Oak Dinner. Our major donors will join us for a walking cocktail reception through the pieces of the collection and a seated dessert with a guest speaker to officially open the exhibit. 

Saturday, October 20: Public Opening of Origami in the Garden² with audio and docent led tours available. Public Opening of indoor gallery exhibition, Unfolded, and screening of the movie The Origami Revolution. 

October 2018 – March 2019: K-12 curriculum-consistent field trips led by RSABG’s highly trained Nature Interpreters include education about the Origami in the Garden exhibition. 

Sunday, November 11: First in the series of Second Sundays, sponsored by the City of Claremont’s Community-Based Organization Grant Program. RSABG is collaborating with Scripps College to present a public lecture to the Claremont community and a hands-on workshop with world-renowned origami artist Dr. Robert Lang. http://www.langorigami.com/ 

Friday, November 23: “Green Friday” offers free garden admission to all, encouraging families spending the Thanksgiving holiday together to explore the Origami in the Garden exhibition. 

Sundays, December 9, January 13, February 10 and March 10: Second Sundays series continues with free admission for Claremont residents. In collaboration with First Street Art Gallery, the Claremont Museum of Art and the Origami Folding Society of Los Angeles, RSABG will offer family programming appropriate for all ages. Behind the scenes tours of RSABG’s Seed House, Research areas, Library, Herbarium and Gardens will share RSABG’s rich resources with Garden guests. 

Sunday, March 10: Finale: Visit and public talk by Origami in the Garden² artists Kevin and Jennifer Box. 

Sunday, April 14: Exhibition Closes. 

Origami in the Garden² is a monumental sculpture exhibition created by American artists Jennifer and Kevin Box. Each sculpture is inspired by a blank piece of paper and has been transformed into museum quality metals by Kevin Box at his studio in Santa Fe, N.M. Individually, these enchanting sculptures inspire wonder and create broader connections to life and the world around us. Collectively, the exhibition tells the story of creativity and the art of making something out of nothing. The exhibition comes to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden after successful runs at Tucson Botanical Gardens and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For more information on artist Kevin Box, visit outsidetheboxstudio.com/about/bio.

Ben Harper & Ellen Harper to Headline 2014 Claremont Folk Festival

The 31st Claremont Folk Festival takes place on Saturday, May 31st, 2014, with gates opening at 10:00am. The festival features a wide range of music, art and learning experiences, housed within the natural beauty of The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

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.  For more information and tickets, visit http://folkmusiccenter.com/folk-festival/

Musical Performers:
Ben Harper and his mother Ellen, Very Special Musical Guests (to be announced May 5), Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones, The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, The Coals, The Chapin Sisters, The Ooks of Hazzard, Blue Highway, Steve James, Rick Shea, Ross Altman, Peter Harper, Phoebe Bridgers, and Old Brown Shoe

Storytellers:
Angela Lloyd
Karen Rae-Kraut

Music and Art Teachers:
Ukulele Bartt, Jason Arimoto, John Rockwell, Homero Chavez, Rick Shea, Kevin Marin, Steve James, Leigh Adams, Ray McNamara, Gonzalo Bergara, Ross Altman, Kent Besocke, Chris Wahl, Bob Hurton, Sue Geeting, Phoebe Millerwhite, and Sue Bush

Workshops:
Cajon Drumming, Songwriting, Bottleneck Slide Guitar, Gypsy Guitar , Banjo, Beginning Ukulele, Reggae Style Ukulele, Fancy Fingers on the Ukulele: Right Hand Stuff, Mosaic Making Studio, Drum Circle, Fine Art with the dA Center for the Arts, Body Percussion & Boomwhackers, Harmonica, Protest Songs, Open Jam/Song Circle

Kids Passport Activities:
Song Quilt, Face Painting, Butterfly Pavilion, Zen Painting, Sunflower Planting

Local artists will be selling a variety of art, musical instruments and more.  Gourmet food trucks and local micro-breweries will provide food service in designated areas during the Festival. 

Festival attendees will have exclusive access to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden for the day.  The entire 86 acres will be open for self-guided tours and exploration.  RSABG members can receive a discount code by contacting The Garden development office @ development@rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767 ext 221 (4 ticket max).

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

This is a Rain or Shine Event.  No refunds.

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