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
 

Aloes & Agaves

Saturday, May 14, 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

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.

 

 
 
 

Beginners Garden Photography

Saturday, May 28, 2016

8:00 - 11:00am

.Pre-registration is required for this workshop.

Free for Members - Members, please call office to reserve your spot.

$25 General Admission**

**For this class we will offer a unique opportunity for participants to apply the class fee towards a garden membership. Membership must be purchased on or before May 28, 2016.

Learn how to properly use your camera for that amazing garden landscape and plant close-up shots.  You will have the rare opportunity to get early morning access into the garden for great lighting.  The instructors will guide you with a lesson on exposure, depth of field, focus, and other techniques.  (Check out  www.riccapics.com and www.rjvalenti.com for more details about the instructors.)  Bring your camera, tripod (if you have one) and camera manual.

 
 
 

Hanging Vertical Garden Demonstration

Saturday, June 11, 2016

10:30 - 11:30am

.Pre-registration is required for this workshop.

$15 Members Price - Members, please call office to reserve your spot.

$20 General Admission

Are you ready to defy traditional gardening landscapes and consider vertical spaces? Watch a vertical garden with succulents be built by our nursery staff and pick up designing tips on how to pair up different plants for maximum color and textural contrasts. You can purchase materials in the nursery to build your own or sign up to build one with us for an afternoon hands-on workshop!

 

 
 
 

Hanging Vertical Garden Hands-On Workshop

Saturday, June 11, 2016

1:00 - 3:00pm Hands-on Workshop

.Pre-registration is required for this workshop.

$140 Members Price - Members, please call office to reserve your spot.

$165 General Admission

We will provide all materials (plants and a 20x20" frame) for you to make your own hanging succulent vertical garden in this hands-on workshop. This mobile garden can also act as a centerpiece while the roots establish.

 
 
 

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.

$35 Members Price - Members, please call office to register at member price.

$45 General Admission

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.

**Workshop will be held offsite and information will be sent to you after registration**.

 
 
 

Succulent Pots and Plants (Maker Series workshop partnership with Walnut Creek Recreation)

Saturday, September 10

10am-11:30am

Want to make a planter for a succulent? You can make your own out of clay, and then learn how to plant your own succulent at The Ruth Bancroft Garden! You'll create a planter at the Ceramics studio in Civic Park, choose a glaze for the planter, and then meet again at The Ruth Bancroft Garden to plant your own succulent. $20 supply fee due at first class: includes the clay, glaze, soil, one succulent plant, top dressing, and two firing processes. Instructor Rana Nassar

Registration:  Handled by Walnut Creek Recreation, online- here

 
 
 

Living Wall Demonstration

Saturday, September 17, 2016

10:00am - 2:00pm

Pre-registration is required for this workshop.

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

$20 General Admission

Have you thought about converting your bare walls into a lush landsape? Would you like to build a green room divider or privacy screen for your outdoor space? Come see our existing living wall in the Nursery and learn about the details of construction, composition and maintenance of planting in a vertical space from our Nursery Manager.

 
 

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