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Nursery Sales Assistant part-time: position and application details
Water-Wise Wednesdays


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New in 2017

The Bold Dry Garden

Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

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Visitor and Education Center Project

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Artists rendering of the view from the Nursery towards Visitor and Education Center across Entry Plaza with admissions kiosk. Rendering by Robert Becker with IDF Global.
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Upcoming Activities
Sculpture in the Garden Exhibit continues through Sunday, August 13
Saturday, July 8



Member's only sale!

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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.

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Plant Highlight: Notocactus herteri ssp. roseoluteus

Notocactus herteri ssp. roseoluteus flowers in late spring, beginning at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in April or May, and ending in June. Like many species of cactus, it has several bursts of flowers at intervals during its blooming season, with the first burst typically the most intense. Although each individual flower only lasts for 2 or 3 days, a mature plant produces dozens of them each year. The flowers are about 3 inches (8 cm) across, and the petals are pink for most of their length, giving way to yellow at their bases. In the middle is a tuft of bright yellow pollen-bearing stamens surrounding the pink stigma. The small fruits which follow bear many small black seeds.

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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.
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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