Visitor and Education Center Project


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

Update: 11-21-2015

“Thanks to the over 50 donors who have helped us raise $1.75 million in pledges and gifts to fund the Visitor and Education Center project! If you would like to help, please click on the image for more information—we have a Challenge Grant still working to help us right now…”

Learn more about our new building plan here.
Upcoming Activities
Saturday, November 21

Docent Training Begins

10 am to 12 pm

More info and full list of classes here.

Friday, November 27

Black Friday Plant Sale
Friday, November 27
10 am - 2 pm

Skip the ‘Marts n Depots’ this Black Friday.

Stay sane and shop the nursery at the Ruth Bancroft Garden for 40% off all available plants.
Beef up your garden with Succulents, Natives and Drought Tolerant Shrubs.
Sale excludes Merchandise, Pottery, Soil.

*No additional discounts apply.

Saturday, December 5

Holiday Gift Fair

Saturday, December 5

10 am to 3 pm

Gift Fair admission is free.

Regular admission rates apply for Garden visits.

More info here.

Saturday, December 12

Members Only - Behind the Scenes Nursery Tour

Saturday, December 12

10:30 to 11 am


Registration Open Now

Makers Series: Sucuclent Pots and Plants

Sunday, November 22, 2015 and Saturday, December 5, 2015

Make your own succulent planter out of clay at the Walnut Creek Civic Arts Ceramics studio in Civic Park and then meet for a second class at The Ruth Bancroft Garden to plant up your container with a succulent. Learn more here

Private Garden Rentals

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is available for private rentals on selected Friday, 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: Euphorbia susannae

The flowering structures of Euphorbia susannae, called cyathia (the singular is “cyathium”), are held atop short stalks which emerge from between the tubercles. Each cyathium consists of a cup with 5 lobes around the outside and the tiny flowers in the middle. The small round seed capsules which follow are purplish-red.

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