Shop our Nursery any time the Garden is open!

New hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm through the end of October.

Water-Wise Wednesdays


Now Available!

New in 2017

The Bold Dry Garden

Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Support the Garden by buying your copy from us!

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Visitor and Education Center Project

E-mail to request an invitation to the August 19 groundbreaking.

Learn more here.

July 2017 Update!

Rendering of new Visitor and Education Center from the east side of parking lot. Phase I construction of the project—grading and construction of the entry plaza, the Nursery display and sales area, and the parking lot, is now planned to start in this August with an August 19 Groundbreaking Celebration. Rendering by Robert Becker with IDF Global.

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Upcoming Activities
Saturday, August 19

Visitor and Education Center Groundbreaking

Please e-mail if you'd like to RSVP

Only handicapped parking will be available at The Garden.

All other visitors please park at Doctor's Park, click here for directions.

There will be a shuttle running between the Doctor's Park parking lot and The Garden.

Hope to see you there.

Friday, September 15

Members Only

Garden Ethnobotany Tour

10:30am - 11:30am

Learn more and registration information.

Friday, September 22

Open Photography Session:

Garden at First Light

7:30am - 10am

Learn more and register for this new offering.

Saturday, September 23

Aesthetic Pruning

10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn how to keep it looking good!

Wednesdays, October 4,11, and 18

Watercolors in the Garden - Painting the Rainbows of Green

10:00am - 1:00pm each day

Come paint with us!

Friday, October 13

Succulent Success for Beginners

led by Brian Kemble

10:30am - 11:30am

Learn more with Brian!

Saturday, October 14

Succulent Skulls

DIY Creative Succulent Series

10:30am - 11:30am

Join us for this whimsical class!


Fruit Tasting Tour

two sessions available

11:00am - 12:30pm or 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Come taste the Garden's bounty!


Friday, October 20

Save the Date for our

Annual Member and Friends Party

6:00 pm

Perera Pavilion, Pleasant Hill

Community Center

Learn more and participate!

Saturday, October 21

Capturing Evening Light - Photography Workshop

Correction to postcard, this

class is on Saturday evening.

4:30pm - 6:30pm

Learn tips and tricks from John and Richard.

Friday, October 27

Members Only

Art of Hoshigaki

Japanese Art of hand-dried persimmons.

We'll be drying persimmons from Ruth's tree.


Learn to make these tasty treats!

Become a Docent!

2017 - 2018 Docent Training will begin In November.

Please contact Anna Halverson,, or call the office if you are interested in taking the training!

Private Garden Rentals

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is available for private rentals on selected 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: Gymnocalycium schickendantzii ssp. delaetii

Gymnocalycium schickendantzii ssp. delaetii is summer-blooming, with flowers emerging mainly in December and January in its native habitat in Argentina. Of course, the seasons are reversed in California, and at the Ruth Bancroft Garden our plants flower from June to August, sometimes extending into the fall months. As with other species of Gymnocalycium, the buds of G. schickendantzii ssp. delaetii are covered with smooth overlapping scales. They open into funnel-shaped flowers which are off-white or flushed pink and about 2 inches long (5 cm). Though the plants flower over an extended period, there are never more than a few flowers open at any given time.

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Annual Member and Friends Party

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 Club for funding restoration and education projects


The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our nursery renovation


The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy