Visitor and Education Center Project


Artist's rendering of the building and surroundings
Learn more about our new building plan here.
Upcoming Activities
Saturday, April 25

Members Only

Soil Basics

Saturday, April 25, 2015

10:30 -11:00 am

 More info here.

Saturday, May 2

Members Only

Q&A with Garden Staff

Saturday,May 2, 2015

10:30 -11:00 am

 More info here.

Friday, May 8

Free admission to The Ruth Bancroft Garden on this

annual, national celebration of Public Gardens

Sunday, May 10

Start a Tradition - Make Memories with Mom

Sunday, May 10

Garden open 10am - 4pm

Come make memories with Mom. Relax in the Garden on a beautiful Spring day. Dad, pull together a picnic for everyone to enjoy in the Garden. Then learn something new together on a docent tour. 

More info here.

Saturday, May 16

Succulent Success for Beginners

Saturday, May 16, 2015

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

More info and Sign up coming soon.

Saturday, June 6

Members Only

Spines, Prickles, and Thorns, Oh My!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

10:30 -11:00 am

 More info here 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.   Daytime rentals during the garden's regular business hours are also available.

Click here for more information and available dates.

Plant Highlight: Pachyphytum fittkaui

Pachyphytum fittkaui has blimp-shaped leaves up to 3½ inches long (9 cm), green in color except for the tips, which often are purplish or reddish-tinged. Plants come into flower in late winter (late Feb. to early Mar. at the Ruth Bancroft Garden), with a scorpoid inflorescence up to 8 inches long (20 cm). The term “scorpoid” refers to a flower stalk which rises up, then arches over and hangs down at the tip, like the tail of a scorpion.

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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


The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy