Private Garden Rentals

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is available for private rentals on selected Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings from June through early September.   Daytime rentals during the garden's regular business hours are also available.

Click here for more information and available dates.

Upcoming Activities
Saturday, February 14

Valentine's Day Aloe Tours

An all-day event focused specifically on the Garden’s dramatic Aloe collection. 

Special selection of aloes will be available in our retail nursery.

Special Event:  “Sweets with Your Sweetie”

You and your sweetie take a guided tour of The Garden led by curator Brian Kemble, world-renowned aloe expert, then enjoy mimosas and plate of sweet treats in our covered shade house.

10am - sold out

12pm - sold out

2pm - still available

More info on Aloe Day here.

Saturday, February 21

Plant Identification Lecture:  History of the Garden and Human Uses of Plants

10 am - Noon:  $20 non-members; $15 members

(9 am - Noon for Docents in Training)

From pear and walnut orchards to suburbia,

discover the changes that made this area what it is today.

Saturday, March 14

Lawn to Garden Workshop

10 am - 2 pm  

$20 non-members; $15 members

Participate in the transformation of a lawn to a planted garden.  Learn to prepare the area, remove the grass, transform the irrigation, and plant the plants.

More info here.

Saturday, March 28

Members Only:

Local Garden Tours

9 am - 12 pm: drop-in on your own to visit

Members can visit three fantastic drought-tolerant gardens in Oakland

 More info here.

Saturday, April 4

Everything Agave Lecture

2-3:30 pm; $20 non-members; $15 members

Greg Starr, Agave expert, comes to town to share his love for this fantastic, drought-resistant plant. Variety of sizes, colors, and looks that can work great in gardens and containers!

More info here.

Starting Saturday, April 11

New Sale Format:

Spring Plant Sale

Saturday, April 11- Thursday, April 16

6 days of enhanced plant selection

in our new expanded nursery retail space

More info here.

Plant Highlight: Aloe mudenensis

Aloe mudenensis may be single-headed, or it may put out a few offsets to form a small clump. Rosettes grow to a diameter of 1½ to 2 feet (45 to 60 cm), with the spotted leaves becoming purplish-tinged in sunny positions. Like other related species, its leaf tips tend to die back, but this is a natural characteristic of the plant and not a sign of distress. It starts out stemless, but eventually it may develop a stem of up to a foot or 2 (30 to 60 cm).

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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 Club for funding restoration and education projects


The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our nursery renovation


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