April 5 to August 31

Leap into spring with Ribbit Exhibit, a whimsical, family-friendly presentation of 22 larger-than-life frog characters placed in vignettes throughout the Garden. Each with their own name and story, the charming garden sculptures are ribbet-ing.

The playful sculptures by artist Andy Cobb include Zenny meditating on a leaf on the Garden’s Pond, Bentley and his tortoise friend Tortuga ambling along the California Oaks Trail, dapper Floyd and his elegant partner Grace cutting the rug amongst the flowers, and many others.

All of the sculptures by the North Carolina-based Cobb are handcrafted from copper, colored with natural patina. Visitors will find them perched in trees, playing jazz, enjoying a cup of coffee on a garden bench, and more.

A robust roster of activities such as guided tours, live music, family scavenger hunts, and family fun days are planned while the exhibit is on view. “Ribbit Exhibit provides the Garden with the opportunity to engage visitors of all ages in a variety of experiences that highlight the diversity and beauty of the natural world,” says Perales. “We encourage guests to hop on to our calendar often for special activities throughout the spring and summer!”

Meet the Frogs

Garden Calendar

Public Programs

Acoustic Sunsets

Wednesdays, May 1-October 30, 2024; 5-8pm

Free for members and included with admission

The Garden extends its hours every Wednesday this summer with special activities for all ages including live music in the amphitheater, lawn games, and other family friendly activities. Bring a picnic and Fido, too as the Garden is welcoming well-behaved, leashed dogs during these special evening hours.

Sunday Funday

June 9, July 14 & August 11, 2024; 1-4pm

Free for members and included with admission

Hop on over for an afternoon of family fun in the beauty of the Garden with face painting, arts and crafts with Art Escape’s Art Van Gogh, family yoga with Sonoma Yoga, Music Time with Megan, lawn games, and more. Families can win prizes for completing a froggy-themed scavenger hunt, enjoy frog-tastic story time, and more.

Andy Cobb, artist working on Ribbit

Cobb and frog

American Gothic frogs in progress

Andy Cobb

I think the driving force behind this whole thing has been people smiling. A lot of people have, after the shows, told me how happy Ribbit makes them, how they smile, how they laugh.

What started as a hobby now keeps metal sculptor Andy Cobb hopping six days a week in his studio where frogs in tutus and tuxedos are the norm. He began by making realistic game fish out of copper sheet and learned to coax iridescent colors from the metal using heat. What started as a small show in his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina exploded into Ribbit the Exhibit, which has been shown in more than two dozen public gardens across the country.