Special Events:  Sign-up Parties

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

Register now to join before they fill! 

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


Lotusland Tour and

weekend in Santa Barbara

Croquet Party and Refreshments

in Ruth's Garden

Click here to view all available parties.

Upcoming Events
New Date - Sunday, December 21st

Special Event:

Guided bird walk at MLK Regional Shoreline

in Oakland. 

9am - Noon

More info here.

Saturday, January 10th

Plant Identification Lecture:  Family Crassulaceae

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

(9 am - Noon for Docents in Training)

Discover the diversity and variety of this fun plant family

and learn to identify the characteristics that distinguish one from another.

Only 2 spots left - register now.

Saturday, January 17th

Members Only:

Beginner's Garden Photography

8 am - 9 am

Resolving to use your camera more in 2015?  Members can join us for a introductory class on garden photography led by John Ricca. Not only will you gain early access to the garden for the best lighting but you will have a lesson on exposure, depth of field, focus, and other techniques. 

More about the class and John Ricca here.

Saturday, January 24th

Plant Identification Lecture:  Family Nolinaceae and Other Garden Favorites

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

(9 am - Noon for Docents in Training)

In addition to plants in the family Nolinaceae, such as the Ponytail Palm, this lecture will cover plants that fall out of the normal range of plant families in the garden.

Saturday, February 7th

Plant Identification Lecture:  Families Bromeliaceae and Aizoaceae

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

(9 am - Noon for Docents in Training)

Come explore the diversity: pineapples and ice plants and all their facinating relatives.

Saturday, February 7th

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.

More info on Aloe Day here.

Saturday, February 21st

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.

More 2015 Events and Workshops coming soon!
Private Garden Rentals

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is 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.

Plant Highlight: Echeveria pulvinata 'Frosty'

Echeveria pulvinata ‘Frosty’ flowers in fall and winter, usually commencing at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in late October or early November and ending in about February. The flower stalks are up to about 12 inches in length (30 cm), bearing chubby bract leaves along the lower portion and short-tubular flowers higher up. The flowers are about 5/8 of an inch long (1.6 cm) and red-orange at the tips, fading to a paler orange at the base and within. The flower stalks, the bract leaves, and even the sepals clasping the base of the flower are all coated with the silvery hairs seen on the leaves and stems.

Click here for more information


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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