Visit the new Nursery location at the north side of the Garden!

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

Starting Tuesday, Sep. 19, the Garden entrance and parking will be located at the north (folly) side of the Garden. Pull in to the second driveway on Bancroft Rd. Click for more info.


Docent Training

docent graduates

Enrich visitor experience- join our dynamic team of Docents and Garden Hosts. Starts Nov. 18th. Contact to reserve your spot.

Now Available!
New in 2017

The Bold Dry Garden

Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Suport the Garden by buying your copy from us!

Come to the Garden, call the office

 or click here to go to our purchase page.


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Visitor and Education Center Project

Phase I of construction will begin September 18th! Thank you to everyone who attended our Groundbreaking Celebration and for all of your continued support. Join the excitement as we build for a better future:

Text BUILDIT to 91999 to donate today.

July 2017 Update!

Rendering of new Visitor and Education Center from the east side of parking lot by Robert Becker with IDF Global.
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Upcoming Activities
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

Daytime rentals during the garden's regular business hours are available.

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Plant Highlight: Hesperaloe tenuifolia

As with other species of Hesperaloe, H. tenuifolia has a long flowering period, beginning in the spring and continuing on through to the fall. Its slender flower stalk is up to 70 inches tall (1.8 m), with a few small side-branches. Each side branch, and the upper part of the main stalk as well, has attractive pink buds, which open at night into white-faced flowers about a half-inch across (13 mm).

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hesperaloe tenuifolia


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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