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Plant of the Moment: Ceanothus ‘Concha.’ It is Ceanothus season at RLC! One of California’s most beloved native shrubs, RLC’s Ceanothus are a hybrid varietal with fragrant dark blue flowers. The flowers are as attractive to bees as they are to people, so “bee aware” before you sniff! Our Ceanothus shrubs can be found near[…]

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Each February 12-15, the world comes together for the love of birds. We invite you to visit RLC and count as many birds as you can find and report them to the Great Backyard Bird Count. These counts help scientists better understand global bird populations before one of their annual migrations. You can count birds[…]

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Plant of the Moment: Viola odorata (Sweet Violet). Native to Europe, Africa, and Asia, this violet’s bright and delicate flowers helped ensure its popularity as it spread far and wide. Said to be one of Avis Bixby’s favorites, it is now scattered throughout the RLC backyard. Its deep purple flowers stand above the foliage and[…]

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Celebrate Black History Month this February by checking out these virtual events and organizations: African American Firefighter Museum African American Heritage Society of Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, Virtual African-American Festival Association for the Study of African American Life and History, February 20th Virtual Festival Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, virtual Black History Month[…]

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Plant of the Moment: Calliandra haematocephala or Pink Powder Puff. Native to South America and Mexico, this tropical plant does well in our arid climate. It can even survive short periods of drought or frost. The Pink Powder Puff can grow 12-15’ tall and wide. The shrub looks stunning in late autumn to mid-spring as[…]

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The LA as Subject Archives Bazaar is going virtual and will be hosted online on 10/17. You can view all of the virtual exhibitor booths by clicking here: https://laassubject.org/archives-bazaar/archives-bazaar-demand-virtual-exhibitor-booths-showcases-and-tutorials. In addition to having the Rancho featured on the Archives Bazaar site, we are also included in their virtual exhibit: https://scalar.usc.edu/works/when-i-think-of-home/index.

Name and Title: Taryn McMillen, Getty Marrow Curatorial Intern 2020 Education info: I studied art history at California State University, Long Beach, and graduated spring 2020 What led you to pursue an internship at the Rancho? I have always been interested in pursuing a career in museums, and after meeting with Sarah, the curator, I[…]

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In honor of National Diversity Week 2020, we are proud to share our recently adopted Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) statement. In 2018, with the support of the California Arts Council, our Board, staff, and volunteers began DEIA training to transform the work of our organization. We are committed to continuing this important work to[…]

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The Heliotropum (Heliotrope) is looking beautiful this month. In Adobe Days, Sarah Bixby Smith lists the plants she remembers from Temple’s garden. She ends with, “… and heliotrope made a heaven of fragrance.” Honoring that list, Ralph Cornell – the 1930s landscape architect at RLC – installed six heliotropes, and our horticulturist, Marie Barnidge McIntyre,[…]

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