California 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.

California Botanic Garden Hosts (Re)place, A Site-Specific Sculptural Installation

(Re)place is a collaboration between artist Brandon Lomax and California Botanic Garden’s past, present and future. Sculptural works will be shown at various stages of completion from fully-fired clay works that are as durable as stone to unfired works that are more vulnerable to the weather and elements of the Garden. Lomax is embedding some works with native plant species. Throughout the duration of the exhibit, unfired clay works will disintegrate and rejoin the soil, their once solid forms replaced by a wildflower garden.

Referencing multiple meanings of place, the exhibit becomes the site of restoration, substitution, and belonging as it celebrates diversity in all forms: class, race, gender, sexuality, religion, etc. The show reminds us that we are here because we are vital contributors. The artist’s hope is that we humans can celebrate our own biodiversity and work together to create a more symbiotic relationship with our earth in this place, and every other.

The exhibition opens Saturday, November 13, 2021 and is free with the purchase of daily admission. Visitors may view the exhibition during the Garden’s open hours Tuesdays – Sundays from 8 AM – 5 PM.

More details about the exhibition and the artist: https://www.calbg.org/exhibitions/brandon-lomax-re-place

During the opening weekend of the (Re)place exhibition, fine artist Brandon Lomax will facilitate public sculpture workshops guiding participants in making simple sculptural clay forms. The creations will be added to Lomax’s large-scale exhibition at California Botanic Garden. Workshop participants will also take home materials to create their own works of art for their garden. The clay provided will be infused with seeds from California native plants.

 

During the seven-month tenure of the show, the elements will degrade the unfired sculptures back into soil and seeds will sprout and blossom, replacing the sculptures that once stood in their place. Participants are encouraged to return to the Garden to witness the transformation of their sculptural works into native flora.

Adults and children are welcome to these approximately 1-hour workshops occurring at 10 AM, 12 PM, and 2 PM on Saturday, November 13. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For everyone’s safety, we ask that participants be prepared to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.

Pricing:
$15 Public | $10 Member Adult | $5 Children

Register for a workshop: https://www.calbg.org/event/re-place-exhibition-workshop-10

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