Visitor and Education Center Project


Artist's rendering of the building and surroundings.  Rendering by Robert Becker with IDF Global

Visitor and Education Center

New Challenge Grant!

Starting on February 9, 2016

The Garden has just received a new $100,000 Challenge Grant to help the Garden reach its goal of raising $2.5 million to build our much needed first-time Visitor and Education Center!

This Challenge is from a generous anonymous donor who has offered a dollar for dollar challenge for all new gifts and pledges to this historic building project.

Learn more about the challenge grant and our new building plan here.
Introducing our new YouTube channel

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We'll be adding new videos regularly so check in often.

See our monthly membership drawing winners here.
Upcoming Activities
Saturday, May 7

Members Only

Living Fountain

10:30 - 11am

More info here.

Sunday, May 8

Making Memories with Mom

Mother's Day

May 8, 2016


Come make memories with Mom.  Relax in the Garden on a beautiful Spring day.  Bring a picnic along for everyone to enjoy.  Learn something new together on a docent tour.

More info here.

Saturday, May 14

Author Event

Jeff Moore Lecture and Book Signing

10:30 - 11:30am

Aloes and Agaves in Cultivation and Under the Spell of Succulents will be available for purchase and class participants will have the opportunity to get their books signed by Jeff.

More info here.

Sunday, May 15

Garden Conservancy Event

Ruth Bancroft and 25 Years of
Outstanding American Gardens

Jenny Young du Pont presentation followed by docent led tour.

Presentation starts at 2pm.

More info here.

Saturday, May 21


Introduction to Succulent Propagation

10:30 - 12pm

More info here.

Advanced Techniques in Propagation

1:30 - 3pm

More info here.

Saturday, May 28


Beginners Garden Photography

8 - 11am

Learn how to properly use your camera for those amazing garden landscape and plant close-up shots.




Members Only

Smokin' Hot Succulents

10:30 - 11:30am

More info here.

Saturday, June 11


Hanging Vertical Garden Demonstration

10:30 - 11:30am

More info here.

Hanging Vertical Garden Hands-On

1 - 3pm

More info here.

Friday, June 17

All the info coming soon!

Saturday & Sunday , June 18 & 19

Father's Day Weekend/Sculpture in the Garden

Meet the Artists

Live Music from 11a - 2p on Father's Day

More info coming soon!

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: Agave gentryi

Agave gentryi is among the few species that flower in two stages. The stalk begins to shoot upward in the summer of one year, and then ceases growth in the fall, with a cluster of large fleshy bracts protecting the tip. After waiting out the winter looking like a giant asparagus shoot, the stalk resumes growth in the spring, sending out short side-branches ending in clusters of yellow flowers which are red-tipped at the bud stage. The stalk may attain a height of up to 18 feet (5.5 m), though it is often shorter than this.

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.
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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