Saturday, October 18, 2014

THE RANCH SANTA ANA BOTANIC GARDEN

BUCKWHEAT, SALVIA, OAKS
at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
photo: Carrie Rosema

For this week's arts and culture piece in The Tidings, I took a field trip to a gem of a spot that should be better known: the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont.

"The garden comprises 86 acres of California native plants. I’ve seen the place in lush springs and full-bloom falls, but in Southern California’s current full-on drought, the garden is gorgeous in another way.

Fay’s Wildflower Meadow, for example, normally features a “spectacular wealth of wildflower species native to California.” Though the species at the moment are limited, the very sparseness makes the soft yellow of the evening primrose, the lambent orange of a few scattered California poppies, and the crisp gold of a desert marigold that much more striking"....

READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.


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