2017 Annual Member and Friends Party

Event Details

RBG Exclusive Experiences



Save the date to

come celebrate our extraordinary garden and community!


Friday, October 20.

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Perera Pavilion at Pleasant Hill Community Center


Reserve your seat now! $175/person.

Call the office 925-944-9352 or use the PayPal button below to pay online.

No tickets are issued, your name will be placed on the Noche Mexicana guest list and we'll see you there.

Event Details:

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Cocktails, Wine-tasting, Music, & Silent Auction

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dinner & Entertainment

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Golden Barrel - Philanthropy Award to

Melissa Allen and Elisabeth Andreason

Live Auction

RBG Exclusive Experiences:
Try something new while supporting the Garden! An Exclusive Experience is something you will find only through the Garden. Each experience offers a unique and fun way to unwind with friends while supporting Ruth's legacy.

Use the payment buttons below or call the office to secure your spot today!   925-944-9352

Tickets are not issued for these events.Your name is added to the guest list and details for each event are sent to you about a month before the posted date.


Mushroom Foray and Cooking Class

Donated by Ken Litchfield

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Price: $150 each

Limit 12 people

Place: Local hills and OmniCommons

Call the office 925-944-9352 or use button below to to join the hunt!

The East Bay Hills come to life during the winter rainy season, as do a variety of beautiful and remarkable mushrooms! Join The Bancroft Garden and Ken Litchfield for a mushroom foray. Learn how to find, identify and classify our local bounty of woodland mushrooms. You will learn the principles of proper foraging for safety and stewardship. Shhh…we’ll visit some special secret mushroom spots to learn how to forage on your own in like habitats as responsible stewards of the wilds.

Following our daytime foray we'll gather for a special mushroom cook-up at OmniCommons in Oakland. At this experimental laboratory/production kitchen, you will have the opportunity to sample many different cultivated and wild foraged mushrooms, prepared to show off their distinctive flavors and textures. This will be a hands-on experience in the kitchen!

Mushroom Expert and Instructor Bio: Ken is currently a naturalist with a professional background working and teaching in science, writing, technical illustration, computer graphics, photography, lapidary, herbalism, and human health and fitness. He consults, instructs, and trains at various organizations and institutions and lives and works on farms. He is also the Cultivation Chair for the Mycological Society of San Francisco, and incorporates the fermentation arts into his activities and teachings. One of his specialties is candy cap prickly pear herbal mead using all local, personally foraged, and cultivated ingredients.


Amphora Lafayette - After Hours Party

Thank you Nate Bradley of Amphora Lafayette

Date: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

Price: $50 each

Limit: 20 guests

Place: Amphora - Lafayette

Time: 6:30 pm

Call the office 925-944-9352 or use button below to join the party and learn all you don't know about olive oil!

In this exclusive after hours event, guests can expect an interactive, seated presentation! An industry expert will go over the ins and outs of the olive oil world, industry fraud, immense health benefits and we will share all of our delicious recipes! Upon completion, guests will have the run of the shop and the opportunity to taste over 50 unique olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars! My self and another staff member will be on hand to answer questions and offer suggestions. All guests in attendance will receive an exclusive 20% discount on all oils and balsamic vinegars on the night of the event. We guarantee guests will leave the shop with a new found appreciation for authentic extra virgin olive oil and barrel aged Italian balsamic vinegars.


Mt. Tamalpais Hike & BBQ

Hosted and Donated by Gretchen Bartzen and Mike Rippey

Date: Sunday, May 6, 2018

Price: $150 each

Limit 10 people

Place: meet in Mill Valley

Call the office 925-944-9352 or use button below to join the adventure!

Join Gretchen and Mike for a serious but spectacular hike down and up Mt.Tampalpais, topped off with a gourmet barbecue, complete with fine wines and beers. This is a strenuous ­and gorgeous 3 hour “View” hike across meadows, down to Stinson Beach, and back up to Pan Toll Station via the Steep Ravine Trail. Get yourself in shape and join us for an unforgettable vintage Bay Area day. We meet in Mill Valley and travel up to Pan Toll Station together.


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Hosted and Donated by Melissa Allen and Elisabeth Andreason

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018

Price: $50 each

Limit 12 people

Place: Walnut Creek

Time: 2 pm

Call the office 925-944-9352 or use button below to come for afternoon tea and yummy treats!

Enjoy a tea party in a beautiful park-like backyard in Concord. Host Melissa will share her family heirloom tea sets, and upon arrival you will choose the teacup in the pattern that most speaks to your heart.  Nibble tasty scones & tea sandwiches while learning a bit of tea history. Our tea sets are formal, but you can choose to wear a hat and gloves or dress more casual. This will be a gluten and carbohydrate-laden event of homemade delights! 


Comedy Night in the Sculpture Garden

Donated by Gail Giffen and Chris Pisarra

Date: May 19, 2018

Price: $50/person

Limit 50 guests

Place: Lafayette

Call the office 925-944-9352 or use button below to join the party!

Join Gail and Chris, and friends, in Gail and Chris's stunning sculpture garden and home in Lafayette. Enjoy and evening of comedy, wine, beer and nibbles.


Old Fashioned Pig Roast

Donated by Kristin Yanker-Hansen, Dick Hansen, and Ellen and Jorge Sanchez

Date: June 2, 2018

Price: $150 per person

Limit 20 people

Place: Danville

Call the office 925-944-9352 or use button below to join the feast!

Join Kristin and Dick Hansen and Ellen and Jorge Sanchez at the Sanchez park-like home in Danville for an old fashioned pig roast. You will see a whole pig roasted in a “La Caja Chinese Roasting Box” and enjoy some of the best pork you have ever tasted, along with gourmet accompaniments.


Bocce & Barbeque -- Gourmet food and fun

Donated by Melissa Allen and Elisabeth Andreason

Date: June 23, 2018

Price: $125 per person

Limit 12 people

Place: Walnut Creek

Call the office 925-944-9352 or click the button below to come play!

Learn to play bocce in a beautiful backyard in Walnut Creek. Your evening will begin with delectable appetizers, followed by a fresh, seasonal gourmet dinner. Dine alfresco, then enjoy a game of lawn bocce - we will teach you how to play, and this is not a formal game but will certainly be a fun romp! Dessert to follow.

What a wonderful feeling we had in the garden. The fabulous food, the Hawk watching, and finally learning how to play Bocce. My Husband decided this was going to be the new lawn sport at our house!" Kristin Yanker-Hansen

More experiences coming soon!
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.
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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