Workshops & Programs
 

A special thank you to Contra Costa Water District for sponsoring these workshops! 

Registration instructions here.

Please do not record our educational programs without permission of the instructor.  If permission is received, those recordings may only be used for personal use and reference. 

 
Members Only Education
Each month, Ruth Bancroft Garden staff teach a short course just for garden members. These courses are usually free, and last approximately 20 minutes. For a full list of upcoming Members Only courses, click here.
 
Current Workshops
 
 
 

DIY Creative Succulent Series - Birchwood Centerpiece
Saturday, January 14, 2017

10:30am - 11:30am

SOLD OUT

Break the winter blues by creating a succulent and cacti centerpiece. Led by a design professional, Linnea Lion, you will learn techniques on how to style and maintain your cotainer for lasting growth. This class will feature a rustic birch container for planting. Space is limited so sign up today!

 
 

Botanical PhotograhyCA natives
Saturday, January 28, 2017

8:00 - 11:00am

SOLD OUT

 

oak on grassland

Become an expert in botanical photography. Enjoy special, early morning access to the garden for optimum lighting. Led by seasoned professionals, this is an amazing opportunity to learn how to utilize depth of field, focus, and exposure to capture the perfect shot. (Check out riccapics.com and rjvalenti.com for more details about the instructors.) Bring your camera, tripod (if you have one) and camera manual.

 
 

DIY Creative Succulent Series - Succulent Loversdish garden
Saturday, February 11, 2017

10:30am - 11:30am

SOLD OUT

Love in the air and dirt under your nails. Follow design expert Linnea Lion's lead to create an artful succulent container with your significant other or come solo to make a gift for a loved one. It's a perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day while indulging in your passion for plants.

 
 

Succulent Success for Beginnersechevaria subrigida
Friday, February 24, 2017

10:30am - 11:30am

SOLD OUT

New to succulents? Come over to the Garden for some of the basics to get you going: Soil, watering, sunlight...This beginner class is designed for those new to the succulent world. We'll discuss the basic principles for care of succulents both in the ground and in containers. Learn to keep your plants happy from leaves to roots!

 
 

DIY Creative Succulent Series - Shamrock and Succulentscontainer garden
Saturday, March 11, 2017

10:30am - 11:30am

SOLD OUT

Join us for a St. Patrick's Day themed class where we will be planting a gold-hued cache pot with shamrock (Oxalis sp.) and succulents. Linnea Lion, our artistic Nursery Assistant, will be teaching you styling and planting techniques on how to create a wonderful mini succulent garden. We will be providing the whimsical container and assortment of plants for this take-home workshop.

 
 

Successful Container Gardeningcontainer garden
Friday, March 24, 2017

10:30am - 11:30am

$15 Members Price - Members, please call the office to register at member price.

$20 General Admission

Do you have limited space or an area in your garden where you'd like to include a container garden? Learn to work in variable spaces and design principles that will make your container a stand-out creation. We will also go over plant selection and maintenance .

 
 

Hybridizing Succulents aloe creamsicle
Saturday, March 25, 2017

10:30am - 11:30am

$15 Members Price - Members, please call the office to register at member price.

$20 General Admission

Brian Kemble is a world- reknown expert on aloes and has many years of experience hybridizing succulents. Learn about the process of hand-pollinating and how to draw out the desirable traits for the new plants.

 
 

Botanical Photograhyclose up echevaria lace
Saturday, April 1, 2017

8:00 - 11:00am

Sold Out

Become an expert in botanical knarled branchesphotography. Enjoy special, early morning access to the garden for optimum lighting. Led by John Ricca and Susan Helms, this is an amazing opportunity to learn how to utilize depth of field, focus, and exposure to capture the perfect shot. (Check out riccapics.com and susanhelmsphotography.com for more details about the instructors.) Bring your camera, tripod (if you have one) and camera manual. (Bonus: the annual spring plant sale will coincide with this class!)

 
 

Spring Watercolor in the Garden (3 sessions)watercolor of succulents
Wednesdays, April 5, 12, and 19, 2017

10:00am - 1:00pm

$70 Members Price - Members, please call the office to register at member price.

$80 General Admission

Learn the basic techniques of watercolor in the beautiful spring setting of the Ruth Bancroft Garden with Wendy Soneson. You will learn the four paper uses, three brush techniques, and choosing correct materials in this outdoor class. Beginners and experienced painters are welcome for this 3-part series, as we will be learning a system of color mixing that will be new to all. [Do not bring any materials to first class; a list will be given or students can purchase kit from instructor.]

 
 

DIY Creative Succulent Series - Mix 'n Match
Saturday, April 8, 2017

10:30am - 11:30am

$30 Members Price - Members, please call the office to register at member price.

$35 General Admission

Conquer your fear of mixing succulents and perennials together in this spring-inspired DIY dish garden class. Linnea Lion will be leading the workshop on how to compose and maintain your own creation. We will be providing the container, plants and soil.

 
 

Author Event: Robin Stockwellbook cover image

Saturday, May 6, 2017

10:30am - 11:30am

$20 Members Price - Members, please call the office to register at member price.

$25 General Admission

Join renowned succulent expert, Robin Stockwell (www.thesucculentguy.com) , for a tour of the Garden and tips on growing and designing succulents with ease and finesse. Stockwell, founder of Succulent Gardens Nursery in Castroville, CA has been growing succulents since 1972. His scope of expertise with drought-tolerant plants goes beyond landscape plantings and he has created spectacular living murals and other unique installations. He'll be talking about his stunning new publication, Succulents: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Designing, and Growing 200 Easy Care Plants, and lead a tour through the Ruth Bancroft Garden to highlight plants featured in his book. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase the book and get it signed by Stockwell.

 
 

Beginning Succulent Propagationsempervivum
Friday, April 12, 2017

11:00am

$20 Members Price - Members, please call the office to register at member price.

$25 General Admission

Would you like to expand your succulent collection with what you already have? Join us for a workshop with Walker Young, Assistant Curator, and learn how to properly take cuttings and propagate with leaves. This class is perfect for the beginner enthusiast and we'll help you conquer your fear of beheading that Echeveria and which succulents you can easily propagate in a home setting.

 
 

DIY Creative Succulent Series - Mother's Day Teacupssucculents planted in a teacup

Saturday, May 13, 2017

10:30am - 11:30am

$30 Members Price - Members, please call the office to register at member price.

$35 General Admission 10:30am - 11:30am

 

$35 General Admission 2pm - 3pm

Celebrate with your mom and tap into your creative side during our Mother's Day Creative Succulent Series workshop. Garden staff will guide you in creating your own vintage teacup and saucer succulent planter. Take advantage of this workshop to spend time with your mom or make one as a gift for the woman who gave you life. Space is limited, so sign up today!

 
 

DIY Succulent Series - Succulent Terrariumsucculent terrariums
Saturday, July 8, 2017

10:00am - 11:00am

$44 Members Price - Members, please call the office to register at member price.

$49 General Admission

Are you fascinated by succulents, but haven't had the best luck keeping them alive? Or are you an avid gardener just looking for a new project? Either way, this workshop is for you! Brandi Chalker of Sunshine & Succulents will be leading this creative workshop, where you'll get your hands dirty while learning all about how to design with and care for succulents. Pick from a huge selection of succulents and make your very own glass orb terrarium, with plenty of demonstrations and hands-on help along the way. All materials included. You'll practically be a terrarium guru by the time you leave!

 
 

Fruit Tasting Tourprickly pear fruit
Saturday, October 14, 2017

two tours will be offered

11:00am - 12:30pm and 2:00pm - 3:30pm

$30 Members Price - Members, please call the office to register at member price.

$35 General Admission

Please check back, registration opens later in the year.

Enjoy tasting a variety of cactus fruits, palm fruits, and other delectable items harvested from the garden. Brian Kemble, curator, will be leading the walk through the garden.

 
 
 
 

How do you register for an event?

Online - via the individual event link, if present. Available for general admission only. Ticketing fees may apply. If no event link is available, please call the office to register.

Phone - call the office at (925) 944-9352.

 
 

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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 positionThe Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation and The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our directional signsThe California Horticultural Society for funding towards our restoration projects

The Bonita Garden Clubfor funding restoration and education projects

 

 
 
 
The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy