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

Watercolors in the Garden - Painting the Rainbows of Greenwater color image of succulents

Three sessions

Wednesdays, October 4, 11, and 18, 2017

10:00am - 1:00pm SOLD OUT

Please contact if you'd like to be put on the wait list.

Learn the basic techniques of watercolor in the beautiful autumn 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.]


Succulent Success for Beginners with Brian KembleAgave victoriae-reginae

Friday, October 27, 2017

10:30am - 11:30am

$15 for members

$20 for members

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 roots to leaves!


Succulent Skulls: DIY Creative Succulent Seriesplastic skull planted with succulents

Saturday, October 14, 2017

10:30am - 11:30am SOLD OUT

*Additional workshop added*

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm SOLD OUT

Please contact if you'd like to be put on the wait list.

Create a ghoulish dish garden with succulents and dried plant materials (seed pods, sticks, etc) foraged from the garden for this month's Halloween-themed Creative Succulent Series workshop. You'll be planting an assortment of succulents into a faux skull under the guidance of Linnea Lion, designer extraordinaire. She'll also walk you through the maintenance and care taking tips to ensure long term success with your creation. Limited space, so sign up today!


Fruit Tasting Tourprickly pear fruit
Saturday, October 14, 2017

two tours will be offered

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

11am Tour

SOLD OUT. Space still available for the 2 pm tour.

Contact if you'd like to

be put on the wait list.


2 pm Tour

$30 Member Price

$35 General Admission

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.


Photography Workshop - Capturing Evening Lightruth bancroft garden in the evening light

Saturday, October 21, 2017

4:30pm - 6:45pm- SOLD OUT

Members please call the Garden 925-944-9352 or email to register.


Take advantage of the golden lighting in the Garden for this special evening photography workshop. Led by John Ricca and Richard Valenti, this will be an amazing opportunity to learn how to utilize depth of field, focus, and exposure to capture the perfect shot. (Check out and for more details about theinstructors.) Bring your camera, tripod (if you have one) and camera manual.


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.


Members Only Courses



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