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The Bold Dry Garden

Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

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Visitor and Education Center Project

Visitor and Education Center Groundbreaking Goal Met!

The Ruth Bancroft Garden staff and board are delighted to announce that we have now raised $2.16 million in gifts and pledges for the new Visitor and Education Center Building project! This tops the Groundbreaking Goal amount of $2 million set by the Garden board, and we can begin Phase I construction of the new building in September or early October this year.

Learn more about the challenge grant and our new building plan here.
See our monthly membership drawing winners here.
Upcoming Activities
Saturday, October 29

Members Only Class:

Winter Prep

10:30 - 11:30am

All the info here.

Thursday, November 3


"History of the Ruth Bancroft Garden"

Thursday, Nov. 3

6:30 pm

at the Ygnacio Valley Library

More info here.

Saturday, November 5


DIY Hostess Gift Dish Garden

10:30am - 12:00pm

All the info and to sign-up here.



Prickly Pear Fruit Prep Demo

2:00 - 3:30pm

All the info and to sign-up here.

Saturday, November 19

Members Only Class:

Mini Pumpkin Centerpieces

10:30 - 11:30am

All the info here.

Saturday & Sunday, November 26 & 27

Holiday Plant Sale and Art Fair

Details 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: Pleiospilos simulans

The scented flowers of Pleiospilos simulans do not open until the latter part of the afternoon and into the evening. As is usual for the family, they have many narrow petals surrounding a cluster of stamens, and the petal color for P. simulans ranges from yellow to orange. The flowers are quite large, about 2⅓ inches across (6 cm).

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