California Botanic Garden

California Botanic Garden (909) 625-8767 | [email protected] | www.calbg.org
1500 N. College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711 California Botanic Garden is the largest botanic garden dedicated to California’s native plants.
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California Botanic Garden, a private, nonprofit organization, offers educational programs and special events throughout the year. Grow Native Nursery in Claremont is the non-profit nursery of California Botanic Garden selling California native plants.

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Clayfornia: Ceramic Sculpture in the California Sunshine has been extended through May 30! Visit the Garden to talk a wa...
05/01/2021

Clayfornia: Ceramic Sculpture in the California Sunshine has been extended through May 30! Visit the Garden to talk a walk through the exhibition which features work from fourteen local artists in partnership with AMOCA Ceramics Studio American Museum of Ceramic Art / AMOCA.

Purchase Tickets: https://11213.blackbaudhosting.com/11213/sslpage.aspx?pid=196&tab=2&txobjid=e6736b12-c37e-4615-8f23-705b90e42afd

Pictured: Sculptures by Janell Lewis, including Asparagus, Rosie, Stonehenge Birds, Jane's Rat, Nathaniel's Pig, Rabbit, and The Lucinda's

Wildflower Month wraps up this weekend! Visit the Garden to enjoy the last of the month's family friendly activities! Vi...
04/30/2021

Wildflower Month wraps up this weekend! Visit the Garden to enjoy the last of the month's family friendly activities! Visit the wildflower stations to collect all the stamps on our Wildflower Passport and snap your last flower photos to enter our Photo Contest!

Details: https://www.calbg.org/events-programs/calbg-wildflower-month

Pictured: Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri) by Deb Woo

Wildflower Month wraps up this weekend! Visit the Garden to enjoy the last of the month's family friendly activities! Visit the wildflower stations to collect all the stamps on our Wildflower Passport and snap your last flower photos to enter our Photo Contest!

Details: https://www.calbg.org/events-programs/calbg-wildflower-month

Pictured: Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri) by Deb Woo

New class alert!Seed Saving: Collecting, Processing, Storing and GerminatingAs the beauty of spring fades into summer, g...
04/29/2021

New class alert!
Seed Saving: Collecting, Processing, Storing and Germinating

As the beauty of spring fades into summer, get ready to put your seed saving hat on! By understanding the process of ethically collecting and saving native seeds, you can ensure future generations of the beautiful flowers and plants in your garden.

Join us virtually on Saturday, May 15 at 10:30 am to noon to learn how to collect, clean, store, and germinate seeds from your garden. With the guidance of Cheryl Birker, Seed Conservation Program Manager at CalBG, and Steven Valdez, Lead Nursery Technician at CalBG, get a behind the scenes look of what we do to conserve native seeds through our Seed Bank and Grow Native Nursery here at CalBG and what you can do at home. We will focus on the what, when, where and how of seed collecting, understanding how to clean and process seeds in preparation for proper storage, and how to germinate seeds when the time comes. Feel poised to carry your abundant garden this year into the next, and for many more to come.

Please note, this class will meet virtually through Zoom.

Pricing:
CalBG Members $20 | Public $25

Register: https://www.calbg.org/event/seed-saving-collecting-processing-storing-and-germinating

New class alert!
Seed Saving: Collecting, Processing, Storing and Germinating

As the beauty of spring fades into summer, get ready to put your seed saving hat on! By understanding the process of ethically collecting and saving native seeds, you can ensure future generations of the beautiful flowers and plants in your garden.

Join us virtually on Saturday, May 15 at 10:30 am to noon to learn how to collect, clean, store, and germinate seeds from your garden. With the guidance of Cheryl Birker, Seed Conservation Program Manager at CalBG, and Steven Valdez, Lead Nursery Technician at CalBG, get a behind the scenes look of what we do to conserve native seeds through our Seed Bank and Grow Native Nursery here at CalBG and what you can do at home. We will focus on the what, when, where and how of seed collecting, understanding how to clean and process seeds in preparation for proper storage, and how to germinate seeds when the time comes. Feel poised to carry your abundant garden this year into the next, and for many more to come.

Please note, this class will meet virtually through Zoom.

Pricing:
CalBG Members $20 | Public $25

Register: https://www.calbg.org/event/seed-saving-collecting-processing-storing-and-germinating

Arrange Wild is back! Create a wonderfully spring-themed arrangement with pops of pinks, purples, oranges and yellows th...
04/27/2021

Arrange Wild is back! Create a wonderfully spring-themed arrangement with pops of pinks, purples, oranges and yellows that will be sure to bring joy to all that take in its beauty! With the expert guidance of Linda Prendergast of CalBG’s Native Designs, you will learn the steps to make a fabulous spring floral arrangement. As you get to know the aesthetic characteristics of these beautiful flowers, our horticulture staff will bring insight into their horticultural value and help you learn how to grow and maintain these native plants at home.

Class participants will be able to pick up their floral arrangement kit at CalBG on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8. The kit will include everything you need to make a beautiful centerpiece, including fragrant flower bundles, spring decorative items, a centerpiece basket, floral foam, floral tape, and a gathering bucket for your fresh cut flowers. The virtual class will take place through Zoom on Saturday, May 8 at 2pm. Registration is limited, so sign up today!

Pricing:
CalBG Members $50 | Public $55

Local pick-up of kits will be available at California Botanic Garden. As we get closer to the class, staff will contact all event registrants to schedule pick-up times for Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8. Remember to wear your mask and plan to maintain physical distancing.

Details: https://www.calbg.org/event/arrange-wild

Arrange Wild is back! Create a wonderfully spring-themed arrangement with pops of pinks, purples, oranges and yellows that will be sure to bring joy to all that take in its beauty! With the expert guidance of Linda Prendergast of CalBG’s Native Designs, you will learn the steps to make a fabulous spring floral arrangement. As you get to know the aesthetic characteristics of these beautiful flowers, our horticulture staff will bring insight into their horticultural value and help you learn how to grow and maintain these native plants at home.

Class participants will be able to pick up their floral arrangement kit at CalBG on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8. The kit will include everything you need to make a beautiful centerpiece, including fragrant flower bundles, spring decorative items, a centerpiece basket, floral foam, floral tape, and a gathering bucket for your fresh cut flowers. The virtual class will take place through Zoom on Saturday, May 8 at 2pm. Registration is limited, so sign up today!

Pricing:
CalBG Members $50 | Public $55

Local pick-up of kits will be available at California Botanic Garden. As we get closer to the class, staff will contact all event registrants to schedule pick-up times for Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8. Remember to wear your mask and plan to maintain physical distancing.

Details: https://www.calbg.org/event/arrange-wild

04/23/2021
Wildflower of the Week: Lupine!

Join Maria Jesus, graduate student at CalBG, as she takes a walk on the wildflower side! Take a look at the beauty of the wonderful wildflower, Lupine. Learn some tips on how to identify different species in this, sometimes tricky to differentiate, genus. Want to enjoy the beauty of these wildflowers at home? There are multiple varieties available at the Grow Native Nursery Online Store.

Earth Day! 🌎🌍🌏
04/22/2021

Earth Day! 🌎🌍🌏

Earth Day! 🌎🌍🌏

Why isn't every year a superbloom year? Join us virtually on tomorrow Thursday, April 22 (EARTH DAY) at 6pm to learn all...
04/22/2021

Why isn't every year a superbloom year? Join us virtually on tomorrow Thursday, April 22 (EARTH DAY) at 6pm to learn all about the bloom and bust cycles of California’s native wildflowers. Follow Maria Jesus, M.S. Botany student at Claremont Graduate University and CalBG, as she takes you on a virtual tour to several beloved wildflower hotspots around the state and tells you the best strategies for wildflower viewing during dry years like 2021. Walk away with a better understanding about how our changing world could impact superblooms of the future and efforts to conserve California's unique plant diversity.

Please note, this talk will be held virtually through Zoom.

The suggested program fee is $10, but there will be an option to register for the talk free of charge.

Register: https://www.calbg.org/event/wildflower-bloom-and-bust-cycles

Pictured: Phacelia species (purple flower) and Amsinckia intermedia (orange flower) in Carrizo Plain National Monument

Why isn't every year a superbloom year? Join us virtually on tomorrow Thursday, April 22 (EARTH DAY) at 6pm to learn all about the bloom and bust cycles of California’s native wildflowers. Follow Maria Jesus, M.S. Botany student at Claremont Graduate University and CalBG, as she takes you on a virtual tour to several beloved wildflower hotspots around the state and tells you the best strategies for wildflower viewing during dry years like 2021. Walk away with a better understanding about how our changing world could impact superblooms of the future and efforts to conserve California's unique plant diversity.

Please note, this talk will be held virtually through Zoom.

The suggested program fee is $10, but there will be an option to register for the talk free of charge.

Register: https://www.calbg.org/event/wildflower-bloom-and-bust-cycles

Pictured: Phacelia species (purple flower) and Amsinckia intermedia (orange flower) in Carrizo Plain National Monument

A hidden lake, a sky island, an incredibly rare plant: these may sound like the makings of a fantasy novel, but they are...
04/20/2021

A hidden lake, a sky island, an incredibly rare plant: these may sound like the makings of a fantasy novel, but they are parts of an amazing conservation success story. Hidden Lake bluecurls (Trichostema austromontanum ssp. compactum) live only along the shoreline of Mt San Jacinto's only lake, one that appears and disappears like a mirage depending upon annual precipitation. This adorable plant — tiny, aromatic and purple-flowered — was once considered so threatened that it was federally listed. Thanks to the remarkable work of California Botanic Garden's Conservation Programs, California State Parks and US Fish and Wildlife Service, this species has been successfully delisted because of important protective measures and field research conducted by these agencies.

In honor of California Native Plant Week, let’s rewind to this time last year and listen to this episode of our podcast we hear from our Director of Conservation, Naomi Fraga, PhD, about the different conservation programs she oversees at the Garden and the saga of the Hidden Lake bluecurls!

Listen here (and on Spotify and Apple Podcasts): https://www.calbg.org/podcast/hidden-lake-bluecurls

Pictured: Hidden lake bluecurl (Trichostema austromontanum ssp. compactum) by Naomi Fraga

#NativePlantWeek #GrowCareEverywhere #CaliforniaNativePlants

A hidden lake, a sky island, an incredibly rare plant: these may sound like the makings of a fantasy novel, but they are parts of an amazing conservation success story. Hidden Lake bluecurls (Trichostema austromontanum ssp. compactum) live only along the shoreline of Mt San Jacinto's only lake, one that appears and disappears like a mirage depending upon annual precipitation. This adorable plant — tiny, aromatic and purple-flowered — was once considered so threatened that it was federally listed. Thanks to the remarkable work of California Botanic Garden's Conservation Programs, California State Parks and US Fish and Wildlife Service, this species has been successfully delisted because of important protective measures and field research conducted by these agencies.

In honor of California Native Plant Week, let’s rewind to this time last year and listen to this episode of our podcast we hear from our Director of Conservation, Naomi Fraga, PhD, about the different conservation programs she oversees at the Garden and the saga of the Hidden Lake bluecurls!

Listen here (and on Spotify and Apple Podcasts): https://www.calbg.org/podcast/hidden-lake-bluecurls

Pictured: Hidden lake bluecurl (Trichostema austromontanum ssp. compactum) by Naomi Fraga

#NativePlantWeek #GrowCareEverywhere #CaliforniaNativePlants

04/20/2021
Grow CARE Everywhere

Check out Naomi Fraga’s beautiful home garden!

#NativePlantWeek #GrowCareEverywhere #CaliforniaNativePlants

California Native Plant Week is here! From April 17 - 25, we invite you to Grow CARE Everywhere. Discover dozens of ways...
04/20/2021

California Native Plant Week is here! From April 17 - 25, we invite you to Grow CARE Everywhere. Discover dozens of ways to CARE for (Cultivate, Act, Restore, Enjoy) California native plants throughout the week, from daily 360 garden tours to a slate of promotions, events and sales at nurseries, botanic gardens and California Native Plant Society chapters! No matter who you are or where you are, you can grow CARE with native plants!

Details: https://www.cnps.org/california-native-plant-week

#NativePlantWeek #GrowCareEverywhere #NativePlantMonth

California Native Plant Week is here! From April 17 - 25, we invite you to Grow CARE Everywhere. Discover dozens of ways to CARE for (Cultivate, Act, Restore, Enjoy) California native plants throughout the week, from daily 360 garden tours to a slate of promotions, events and sales at nurseries, botanic gardens and California Native Plant Society chapters! No matter who you are or where you are, you can grow CARE with native plants!

Details: https://www.cnps.org/california-native-plant-week

#NativePlantWeek #GrowCareEverywhere #NativePlantMonth

Join Keir Morse, PhD student at CalBG, and take a closer look at the wonderful perennial herb, penstemon! Take a walk in...
04/16/2021

Join Keir Morse, PhD student at CalBG, and take a closer look at the wonderful perennial herb, penstemon! Take a walk in the Garden and see how many species of penstemon you can find! Can you find one with an actual beardtongue? Want to enjoy the beauty of these wildflowers at home? There are multiple varieties available through the Grow Native Nursery Online Store.

Watch the short video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14mVSiSWDbQ

Pictured: Penstemon species by Deb Woo

Join Keir Morse, PhD student at CalBG, and take a closer look at the wonderful perennial herb, penstemon! Take a walk in the Garden and see how many species of penstemon you can find! Can you find one with an actual beardtongue? Want to enjoy the beauty of these wildflowers at home? There are multiple varieties available through the Grow Native Nursery Online Store.

Watch the short video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14mVSiSWDbQ

Pictured: Penstemon species by Deb Woo

Love the Garden? Have a dog? Be a part of this special spring fundraiser and join us for Dog Days at California Botanic ...
04/15/2021

Love the Garden? Have a dog? Be a part of this special spring fundraiser and join us for Dog Days at California Botanic Garden with a 100% tax deductible donation of $1,000.

The Dog Days Fundraiser gives Dog Days donors exclusive access to the Garden every Monday through June 14, 2021 from 8 am until 5 pm. For a limited time only, you and your dog can go for a walk and explore the Garden together. The donation for the Dog Days Fundraiser is $1,000 per family + dog(s) for the spring season. Admission to the Dog Days Fundraiser is limited to the first 40 families. Please note that the Garden remains closed for general admission on Mondays and dog(s) are not required.

Your philanthropic support nurtures the Garden's 86-acre living museum, safeguards the California Seed Bank, maintains our public education and engagement programs and supports the people power to sustain the Garden's mission.

Details: https://www.calbg.org/nurture

Love the Garden? Have a dog? Be a part of this special spring fundraiser and join us for Dog Days at California Botanic Garden with a 100% tax deductible donation of $1,000.

The Dog Days Fundraiser gives Dog Days donors exclusive access to the Garden every Monday through June 14, 2021 from 8 am until 5 pm. For a limited time only, you and your dog can go for a walk and explore the Garden together. The donation for the Dog Days Fundraiser is $1,000 per family + dog(s) for the spring season. Admission to the Dog Days Fundraiser is limited to the first 40 families. Please note that the Garden remains closed for general admission on Mondays and dog(s) are not required.

Your philanthropic support nurtures the Garden's 86-acre living museum, safeguards the California Seed Bank, maintains our public education and engagement programs and supports the people power to sustain the Garden's mission.

Details: https://www.calbg.org/nurture

Join us on a wildflower adventure! Take a stroll through the Garden stopping at all the passport station signs to learn ...
04/13/2021

Join us on a wildflower adventure! Take a stroll through the Garden stopping at all the passport station signs to learn about the wonderful world of wildflowers as you go! Use the hole punch at each station to collect all 8 stamps in the circles below. Grab a copy of the activity sheet at the Admissions Kiosk (limited copies will be available) or download and print out a copy to bring along on your next visit to the Garden.

Show your completed passport to the Admissions staff to enter our raffle for a chance to win a prize! The winner will be announced on May 7. Prizes will only be available for local pick-up at CalBG.

Details: https://www.calbg.org/event/wildflower-month-passport-activity

📸: Sticky monkeyflower (Diplacus sp) by Deb Woo

Join us on a wildflower adventure! Take a stroll through the Garden stopping at all the passport station signs to learn about the wonderful world of wildflowers as you go! Use the hole punch at each station to collect all 8 stamps in the circles below. Grab a copy of the activity sheet at the Admissions Kiosk (limited copies will be available) or download and print out a copy to bring along on your next visit to the Garden.

Show your completed passport to the Admissions staff to enter our raffle for a chance to win a prize! The winner will be announced on May 7. Prizes will only be available for local pick-up at CalBG.

Details: https://www.calbg.org/event/wildflower-month-passport-activity

📸: Sticky monkeyflower (Diplacus sp) by Deb Woo

Address

1500 N College Ave
Claremont, CA
91711

General information

Closed January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving, and December 25. Currently closed Mondays & Tuesdays. Garden admission Members: Free $10 Adults $6 Seniors (65+) $6 Students (w/ valid ID) $4 Children (ages 3-12) Free Children under age 3 The Garden hosts free admission days at various time throughout the year. Enjoy the Garden all year long. Yearly memberships can be purchased at the Garden and online!

Opening Hours

Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00
Thursday 08:00 - 18:00
Friday 08:00 - 18:00
Saturday 08:00 - 18:00
Sunday 08:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(909) 625-8767

Website

Products

California native plants are available for purchase at the Grow Native Nursery. GNN is currently operating online and plant pick-ups are scheduled following online plant order.

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I’m a birder and took a walk yesterday through the garden, which attracts so many great native birds because of the native plants. This garden gets birds that other botanic gardens don’t like quail, thrashers, wrentits, phainopepla, ash-throated flycatchers and more. These are a few from yesterday.
Enjoyed a beautiful walk in the garden this past weekend. The turtles also seem to enjoy the amazing sculpture by Kim Lingo.
Very eye-opening 💪🏻 For all those who care about our oceans and marine life.... (even if it´s just a little bit)....
Are leashed dogs allowed?
Interested in learning more about the edible/medicinal/poisonous plants of Southern California (and neighboring territories)? Then look no further :) This live online session will be taking place on Wednesday, December 16 (6pm-830pm PST) and will be recorded and available to registered participants for viewing post-class. Hope you're able to join us! -Tellur Fenner https://www.facebook.com/events/1042748062786912
Interested in learning about California oaks and acorn processing/preparation? Then look no further :) Without a doubt this is the most comprehensive workshop on the topic. Coming up in Los Angeles this Sunday 11/22 (from 10am-6pm)...and that is just the 8 hour class (I also run a 16+ hour version on occasion). This in person class is taking place outdoors and masks will be required (obviously). If you can't make it out this weekend my next (and final) oak/acorn workshop of 2020 is scheduled for 12/13 up in the SF Bay Area (with online Zoom sessions slated for later this winter). Hope to see ya! -Tellur Fenner https://www.facebook.com/events/322287688714751/
The pictures featured on this page display how gorgeous the California Botanic Garden is. The plants all look to be thriving, which leads me to believe that the soil must be in excellent shape as well. I discovered the properties that healthy soil has from the inspirational documentary “Kiss the Ground” on Netflix. This movie explains that healthy soil has the capacity to provide a feasible solution to climate change. Healthy soil can do this through its ability to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. Healthy soil can be created by simply leaving the soil alone to grow, so no tilling or toxic chemicals. The movie features a multitude of activists that support this message, such as Ian Somerhalder and Patricia Arquette. Check out the trailer for the film below, feel free to leave any thoughts or questions in the comments section.
Coming up on November 28 in Los Angeles County... https://www.facebook.com/events/143654619577357
Question- I want to bring my daughter there Friday for her 4 year birthday pictures. If there is no one around, am I going to get in trouble for taking her mask off to take a picture? Planning on going once they open before more people show up. Thanks!
Your garden is such a treasure! I went for the first time last month and now I am a member. I took this photo with a film camera, my Fuji GW690ii, using medium format color film. (I am an amateur hobbyist photographer.) Look forward to many more visits to your garden! And as you said before, for all visitors in these hot months, take water and stay hydrated.