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

Exclusive Tour of Curators' Greenhouse curators greenhouse

Thursday, November 30, 2017

10:00am - 11:00am Tour:


11:30am - 12:30pm Tour:



Join Brian Kemble and Walker Young for a curatorial tour of the Greenhouse. Generally closed to the public, Brian and Walker will be unveiling their special plant collection featuring cacti and succulents and show you a behind-the-scenes look at their growing facility. At the end of the tour, you'll be taking home a seed-grown plant specimen from their collection. Very limited spots, so RSVP today. (This tour is not accessible by wheelchair or other mobility devices.)


Succulent Holiday Ornament: DIY Creative Succulent Series

Saturday, December 9, 2017

10:30 am - 11:30 amsucculent ornament

$20 Member Price

$25 General Admission


1:00pm - 2:00 pm

$20 Member Price

$25 General Admission


Create a festive holiday ornament with succulents and foraged garden material with Linnea Lion. She will also lead you through thd design elements and how to maintain your beautiful ornament. Each person will be making 2 different ornaments.


Members Only: Gardens In Unlikely Spaces (Offsite tour in downtown Walnut Creek)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

9:30 am - 10:30 am

$15 Member Price

Join Rick Dreimeyer, landscape and waterscape consultant, for a walk and talk tour of a stunning living wall and rooftop garden that he installed in downtown Walnut Creek. He will walk through the process of design, installation and the unique challenges of maintaining a green wall and rooftop garden in a public space. (Please note: This is an offsite event and participants will receive an email about the meeting spot.)


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