Spring Closure

The Garden usually closes for two weeks in the spring to remove winter covers.

This year, however, thanks to the reduction in winter covers, there will be no spring closure!

Please note that the Garden WILL be closed on Friday, April 11 - the day before the Spring Plant Sale.


Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 12

Has your garden suffered this winter? Stock up on new goodies at our annual spring opening and plant sale! We have the Bay Area’s best selection of succulents, cacti, and other drought-tolerant plants as well as, dry garden advice from knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

Members Only Sale: 9am-11am new longer pre-sale!

Public Plant Sale: 11am-3pm

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Saturday, April 26

Seashell Shadowboxes with Ruth Bancroft

At 105 years old, Ruth Bancroft is teaching a class! Mrs. Bancroft will demonstrate the creation of seashell shadowboxes using shells she collected from the 1950s to the 1970s on California and Mexico beaches.

Participants will create their own box using shells from Ruth’s personal collection to take home. Limited to six participants.

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Sunday, May 11

Mother's Day Garden Tours

Start a family tradition at the Garden's annual Mother's Day event. There will be docent-guided tours at 10am, 11:30am, and 1pm, hands-on crafts for the family, and a selection of gifts and dish gardens for that special lady. Regular admission rates apply, and moms are free!

Mother's Day Tea Party

There will be two tea seatings on Mother's Day, catered by La Boulange in Walnut Creek, at 11am and 1:30pm.

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Plant Highlight: Lampranthus multiradiatus

Some plants flower so profusely that a cloak of brilliant blossoms covers the plant completely. An example is Lampranthus multiradiatus, often called Lampranthus roseus, which is now considered a synonym. This member of the Ice Plant Family (Aizoaceae) is native to the southwestern part of South Africa, near Cape Town. The flowers of L. multiradiatus are light pink to rose-pink or lavender-pink in color and 1½ to 1¾ inches across (3.8 to 4.5 cm). At the Ruth Bancroft Garden its peak of flowering is in April, though it often begins in late March.

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Mission Statement
The mission of the Ruth Bancroft Garden, Inc. is to preserve this exceptional example of garden design and to continue to develop its collection of water-conserving plants for the education and enjoyment of the public.
Grant Funders

The Ruth Bancroft Garden would like to recognize the following grant funders:

The Quest Foundation for funding our Education Coordinator’s position

The Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation for funding our directional signs

The California Horticultural Society for funding towards our restoration projects

The Bonita Garden Clubfor funding restoration and education projects


The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our nursery renovation


The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy