Since October 2017, Casa Romantica has invested in education-based events to teach our community about responsible gardening and the importance of cultivating native and water-wise plants. The cultural center hosted monthly garden workshops, garden “office hours,” and opened an exhibition plot where community volunteers could learn to grow plants under the guidance of Casa Romantica garden staff. In addition to its onsite activities, several organizations and institutions grew plants from seed offsite, including the cities of Irvine and Mission Viejo, the Saddleback College Horticultural Program, the UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners, the Orange County Independent Master Gardeners, the San Clemente and Talega Garden Clubs, several Girl and Boy Scout troops, and hundreds of individuals throughout Orange County.
Casa Romantica’s commission of an installation by Rebecca Louise Law is the first major installation piece of its kind in Southern California. Law is best-known for artworks created with natural materials, namely flora. She is passionate about natural change and preservation, and takes pride in creating installations that are representative of the region she is commissioned in. The life cycle of her materials and region-specific blooms contributes to the evolution of each work. Law’s work has been exhibited in Times Square, Art Basel, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal Opera House, and the Royal Academy, among others. She has completed commissions for internationally recognized brands including Viacom, Tiffany, Hermès, Burberry, and Jo Malone. She has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, The Oprah Network, CNN, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, and House Beautiful.
Casa Romantica is accepting community contributions of floral blooms from Friday, May 26 through Thursday, June 1.
We need your help to obtain as much as possible of the following:
California Hummingbird Sage
To donate, download + fill out the form below. Bloom Donation Form
Sign Up to Volunteer
Volunteers will aid the Rebecca Louise Law creative team by sorting and stringing live blooms for the installation. We are looking for community members like you to donate your time and motor skills for two to four hour periods. Work will take place 9am – 5pm daily.
The opening reception, FREE with RSVP, will be held from 6pm – 8pm.