Workshops & Programs

A special thank you to CCWD for sponsoring these workshops! Registration instructions here.

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.

Succulent Care and Maintenance
Saturday, July 26, 2014
10:30am – 12:00pm

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Many people fall in love with succulent plants for their beautiful shapes, colors, and ease of care. However, common misunderstanding of their sun and water needs lead to bedraggled plants that are elongated, discolored, or withering. Come out to The Ruth Bancroft Garden to learn the basics of succulent care and maintenance in order to keep your garden or container plantings thriving.

The choice of soil, watering schedules, or location can have a huge impact on the health and wellness of your plants. Common succulent pests and diseases will be discussed along with their remedies. Learn when to propagate, how to groom, and keep these plants looking their best. Bring pictures of your unpleasant-looking succulents to discuss with the instructors and other participants.

$20 General Admission, $12 Members Price

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Fruit Tasting Tour
Saturday, October 18, 2014
1:30pm – 3:00pm

When most people think of harvesting fruit, prickly pear cacti do not typically come to mind. With intimidating spines and stubborn glochids, the tasty fruit often gets bypassed for easier fare. 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. Additionally, Mrs. Bancroft will let us sample some of the fruit from her private garden including her pineapple guava and a strawberry tree. Join us to figure out which is your favorite and to have a tasty tour at The Ruth Bancroft Garden.

$20 General Admission, $12 Members Price - Pre-registration is required for this tour.

Members, please call the office for your discounted ticket price


Lawn to Native Garden
Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26, 2014
Two Days / All Day

Work with Garden Designer Kelly Marshall and RBG staff to transform a front yard to a drought-tolerant garden with California natives and succulents. More information to come, stay tuned!


How do you register for an event?

Online - via the individual event link. Available for general admission only. Ticketing fees may apply. If no event link is available, please call, fax, or mail your registration.

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

Fax - send the registration form with credit card information to (925) 256-1889

Mail - send the registration form with check or credit card information to 1552 Bancroft Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94598


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 position

The Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation and The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust 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 Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy