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

Fruit Tasting Tour cactus fruit
Saturday, October 15, 2016

two tour times available

11am - 12:30pm


2:00 to 3:30 pm

Pre-registration is required for this tour.

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

$35 General Admission


Click below for 11am Tour

 Click below for 2pm Tour


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.


DIY Hostess Gift Dish Gardendish gardens
Saturday, November 5, 2016

10:30am - 12:00pm

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

$35 General Admission

Get ahead of the holiday rush by arriving ot your next party with a custom host gift created by you! Linnea Lion, RBG Nursery Assistant, will guide you in a hands-on workshop where you will design and assemble a beautiful succulent dish garden that will outlast any conventional flower bouquet. She will also give care and maintenance tips to prolong the life of your masterpiece. Workshop fee will include: 1 glazed ceramic pot, 5 succulent plants (with more available for sale in the nursery), potting medium, a variety of top dressing and expert guidance from Linnea.


Prickly Pear Fruit Preparation Demonstrationprickly pear cut open for eating
Saturday, November 5, 2016

2:00 - 3:30pm

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

$20 General Admission

We'll learn how to safely select and collect from wild, vacant lot, or grocery foraged prickly pear fruit for ripeness, color, and flavor.  There will be a demo on how to prepare the fruit for freezing and extracting safely the various qualities of juice to use in drinks as is and for preparing raw syrups for flavorings and ferments and other ingredients that prickly pear preparations go well with. Special attention will be given to dealing with spines and glochids.


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 or mail your registration.

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

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 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