Visitor and Education Center Project


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

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.

Help us build our new building

with Whole Foods Market and their

Nickles for Non-Profits Program

Learn more here.

Introducing our new YouTube channel

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We'll be adding new videos regularly so check in often.

See our monthly membership drawing winners here.
Upcoming Activities
Saturday, July 23

Members Only Class:

Incorporating Natural Elements into Garden Design

10:30 - 11:30am

All the info here.

Friday, August 12
All the info and purchase tickets here.
Saturday, August 13


Succulent Propogation for Beginners

10:30am  - 12pm

More info here.

Advanced Techniques in Propagation

1:30 - 3pm

More info here.

Sign-up for one or both!

Sunday, August 14


Civic Arts Education Makers Series

Succulent Pots and Plants

Learn more here.

Saturday, August 20


Hell Strip Gardening

8am - 12pm

hands-on and offsite class

More info here.

Saturday, August 20 & Sunday, August 21

Community Event

Come one, Come All!

Civic Arts Education and Ruth Bancroft Garden invite you to join us for a community event.

We're building ceramic tiles for the Ruth Bancroft Garden's Visitor and Education Center donor wall.

Check it out on Facebook here.

Click here to get a flyer for the event.

Saturday, August 27

Members Only Class:

Soil Basics

10:30 - 11:30am

All the info here.

Saturday, September 3

All the info and purchase tickets here.

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: Hesperaloe nocturna

Hesperaloe nocturna forms a clump of gray-green narrow grass-like leaves that curve outward, with fine thread-like fibers curling from the edges. The clump is about 4 to 5 feet tall, and a little more than this in diameter because of the way the leaves arch out. The tall slender flower stalk emerges in spring, and the flowering takes place over a long period through the summer and fall.

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