Private Garden Rentals

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is now available for private rentals on selected Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings from June through early September.   Weekday rentals during the garden's regular business hours are also available.

Click here for more information and available dates.


Upcoming Events


Tuesday, September 2

First Tuesday - Free Admission

Garden admission is free the first Tuesday of each month.

It's Ruth's 106th birthday!

Visit the garden, celebrate with us, and be sure to sign Ruth's birthday card.

Picture of Ruth taken when she was about 6.

Saturday, September 6

Members Only - Make your own Hypertufa

10:30 - 11:30am

Call the office for more information or to register.

Saturday, September 13

Succulent Propagation Workshop

We'll teach you the the most successful methods of increasing your collection by propagation.

This is such a popular workshop we run two sessions.

10:30am - 12pm or 2 - 3:30pm

Call the office for more information or to register.

Friday, September 19th or Saturday, September 20th

Growing the Drought-Tolerant Palette:

Inspiration and achievable beauty for water-wise gardens

Get excited about new drought-tolerant statement and companion plants and

learn how to combine them in your garden. 

Final date on this workshop is still in the works.  Stay tuned.

Call the garden for more information and to register

Saturday, September 27th

Walnut Creek Community Service Day

Sign-up to help out here or at another participating location in Walnut Creek.

Registration for all volunteer locations is through the link below.

Click here for more info or to register.

Saturday, October 4th

Succulent Container Gardening Workshop with Laura Hogan

Another very popular workshop,  sign-up early.

More details soon

Friday, October 10th
Garden closed to prepare for Fall Plant Sale.
Saturday, October 11th

Fall Plant Sale

Members Only Pre-sale: 9 - 11am

Memberships can be purchased at the door

Public Sale: 11am - 3pm

Free admission to the Garden all day.  Garden open until 4pm.

Saturday, October 18th

Members Only - Winter Preparation for your Garden 10:30 - 11am

More information coming soon.


Fruit Tasting Tour 

The Garden has an abundance of fruit-producing plants which we will sample on this special tour including palm fruit, dragon fruit, and other unique cactus fruits.

1:30 - 3pm

For more information or to register

click here.

Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th

Work with Garden Designer Kelly Marshall and RBG staff to transform a front yard to a drought-tolerant garden with California natives and succulents.

This is a two-day workshop.  All day both days.

Click here for more info.

Plant Highlight:Swainsona formosa

The compound leaves of Swainsona formosa have up to 15 gray-green hairy oval leaflets, and when the plant matures it produces many clusters of odd-looking red flowers with a glossy dark swollen area in the middle. Though red is by far the most common flower color, pink and white forms are also known. The flowers are quite large, up to 9 cm (3½ inches) long, and the red petals come to a point at the top and bottom, while the central glossy “eye” is dark purple or black. There are 5 or more flowers per cluster, and together they put on quite a show.

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.
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 Clubfor funding restoration and education projects


The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our nursery renovation


The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy