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Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

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Visitor and Education Center Project

Nov 17, 2016 Update:

New Rendering of the Ruth Bancroft Garden planned Visitor and Education Center (below), approved by the Walnut Creek Design Review Commission in September. First phase of construction which will include preparation of the building foundation and erection of the building shell, is expected to begin in April 2017.

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

Valentine's Aloe Day Tours

Saturday, February 11


We love our aloes and they look spectacular this time of year.

Come enjoy one of the special self-guided or curator led aloe tours.

Thursday, February 16

Members Only Presentation:

Travels with Walker and Brian

2:00 - 4:00pm

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Friday, February 24


Succulent Success for Beginners

10:30 - 11:30am

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Saturday, March 11

DIY Creative Succulent Series:

Shamrock and Succulents

10:30am - 11:30am

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Friday, March 17

Members Only:

Gardening with Bulbs

10:30 - 11:30am

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Friday, March 24


Successful Container Gardening

10:30 - 11:30am

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Saturday, March 25


Hybridizing Succulents

10:30 - 11:30am

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Saturday, April 1


Botanical Photography

8:00 - 11:00am

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Wednesdays, April 5, 12, &19

3-Part Workshop:

Spring Watercolor in the Garden

10:00am - 1:00pm

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Saturday, April 8

DIY Creative Succulent Series:

Mix 'n Match

10:30am - 11:30am

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Saturday, April 21

Members Only:

Cactus Nursery Field Trip

10:00am - 12:30pm

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Saturday, April 28

Members Only:

California Native Highlights

10:30 - 11:30am

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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: Othonna retrofracta

Late fall to winter is the flowering period for Othonna retrofracta, and our plants at the Ruth Bancroft Garden usually begin blooming in late November to December, and they finish in February or March. Like other members of the Daisy Family, they have small flowers grouped in a cup-like structure called a capitulum. Around the outside of the group are female flowers called “ray florets”, each with a single long yellow lobe, giving the flower cluster its classic “daisy” appearance. The male flowers, called “disc florets”, are grouped in the middle. The number of ray florets varies according to the population from which the plants come, but our plants usually have 5, along with many disc florets.

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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