Private Garden Rentals

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

Click here for more information and available dates.

Ruth Bancroft Garden Holiday Greeting Cards

Holiday Greeting Cards

Now available for the upcoming Holiday Season

By special order until December 5, 2014. 

For additional images available and ordering info click here.

Special Events:  Sign-up Parties

There are still spaces available in some of our Special Event Parties.

Register now to join the party before they fill! 

Click the links below to find out more about each event.

Sign-up online or call the office to reserve your spot.


Guided Bird Walk at MLK Regional

Shoreline in Oakland - Nov. 30th, 2014

Pig Roast Dinner Party - June 6th, 2015

Western Hills Garden Tour - April 18th, 2015

Croquet Party in Ruth's Garden - April 25th, 2015

Basic Mechanics of Flower Arranging, Lunch, and Garden Tour in San Francisco - May 14th, 2015

Lotusland Tour and Weekend Stay in Santa Barbara - Feb. 20th-22nd, 2015

Upcoming Events
Saturday, November 22nd

Members Only - Greenhouse Tour

10:30 - 11am

Learn more here.


Succulent Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

We are excited to welcome back Charlotte Bloom for this fun and inspiring class. This demonstration-based course will show you how to incorporate succulents and garden cuttings into centerpieces which can be enjoyed for the duration of the winter season.

11am - 12:30pm


Sunday, November 30th

Special Event:

Guided bird walk at MLK Regional Shoreline

in Oakland. 

9am - Noon

More info here.

Saturday, December 6th

Garden Wreath Workshop

Design and create your own wreath with materials found at The Ruth Bancroft Garden. You will learn how to incorporate interesting materials from your own yards into your next craft project.

1pm - 2pm


Saturday, December 13th

Members Only - Package Toppers

1 - 1:30pm

$5 material fee

More info coming soon.

Plant Highlight: Agave schidigera

Some species of Agave are very localized, while others occur over a wide area. One of the latter is Agave schidigera, native to a large part of western and central Mexico. The flowering stalk of Agave schidigera has no branches, so the hundreds of flowers are arrayed along the stalk itself, opening first at the bottom and then progressing upward. The stalk height can vary from 8 feet to 15 feet, and ours is near the upper limit of this.

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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