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
 
 

From dry to wet: the effects of drought and El Niño on trees in the Bay Areatree image

Saturday, March 12, 2016

10:30 - 11:30am

Pre-registration is required for this workshop.

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

$20 General Admission

After suffering several years of record breaking drought, the S.F. bay area is predicted to be in for an extremely wet and stormy winter due to the El Niño phenomenon. In this interactive walk through the garden, we will discuss the short and long-term effects of drought on trees, and the disease and insect problems to look out for during and following drought stress and/or wet winters in CA. In addition, we will discuss concerns related to tree stability and risk/hazard to look out for in large mature trees.

Guest Instructor: Dr. Drew Zwart

Plant pathologist and physiologist on the scientific staff at the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories. He currently conducts research on plant stress and disease resistance, and provides technical support for the Bartlett Tree Experts oerations in California, the Pacific Northwest, Western Canada, and the Southwest U.S.

 
 
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Lawn to Garden

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Rain Date: April 23, 2016

10:00 am to 2:00 pm (approximately)

Walnut Creek  *Please Note: Exact location of workshop will be provided after registration via email.

Pre-registration is required for this workshop.

$50 Members Price - Members, please call office to register at member price.

$60 General Admission

Are you ready to get rid of your boring lawn and plant a garden you can spend time in and enjoy?

Participate in a workshop where we will transform a grass lawn to a beautiful garden.  Learn how to prepare the area with a sod cutter, sheet mulching techniques, convert an irrigation system and plant placement. this will be a hands-on class with full particiation required.

Dress to work in the garden, bring a lunch, and a water bottle!

 
 
 

Aloes & Agaves

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Details for this event coming soon.

Author Event:

Jeff Moore, owner of Solana Succulents, will be at the garden to talk about the wide diversity of succulents and guide you on a journey to look at these botanical beauties in a totally different light.  Moore is also the author of Under the Spell of Succulents and the recently published Aloes and Agaves in Cultivation.  Both books will be available for sale and class participants will have the opportunity to get their book signed by Moore.

 
 
 

Introduction to Propagationpropagation by leaf

Saturday, May 21, 2016

10:30am - 12:00pm

Pre-registration is required for this workshop.

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

$25 General Admission

Assistant Curator Walker young will lead this session for beginner enthusiasts. You will learn how to properly take cuttings and propagate with leaves.

 

 
 
 

Advanced Techniques in Propagation

Saturday, May 21, 2016

1:30 - 3:00pm

Pre-registration is required for this workshop.

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

$25 General Admission

Assistant Curator Walker young will lead this session for more experienced enthusiasts focusing on advanced propagation techniques.

 

 
 
 

Vertical Garden Demo & Hands-on Workshop

Saturday, June 11, 2016

11:00am - 12:00pm Demonstration Session

1:00 - 3:00pm Hands-on Workshop

More info coming soon!

 
 
 

Succulent Success for Beginnersselection of succulents

Saturday, July 9, 2016

10:30am - 12:00pm

Pre-registration is required for this workshop.

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

$25 General Admission

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!

 

 
 
 

Introduction to Propagationpropagation by leaf

Saturday, August 6, 2016

10:30am - 12:00pm

Pre-registration is required for this workshop.

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

$25 General Admission

Assistant Curator Walker young will lead this session for beginner enthusiasts. You will learn how to properly take cuttings and propagate with leaves.

 

 
 
 

Advanced Techniques in Propagation

Saturday, August 6, 2016

1:30 - 3:00pm

Pre-registration is required for this workshop.

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

$25 General Admission

Assistant Curator Walker young will lead this session for more experienced enthusiasts focusing on advanced propagation techniques.

 
 
 

Hell Strip Gardening

Saturday, August 20, 2016

10:00am - 2:00pm

Pre-registration is required for this workshop.

More info coming soon!

What to do with that overlooked spot between the curb and the sidewalk? Join us for a hands-on workshop where we will tackle a troublesome spot and add curb appeal with a drought tolerant landscape.

 
 

Fruit Tasting Tour cactus fruit
Saturday, October 15, 2016

two tour times available

11am - 12pm

and

1:30 to 2:30 pm

Pre-registration is required for this tour.

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

$35 General Admission


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.

 

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

 
 

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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