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

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

Saturday, September 10


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

10:30am - 11:30am

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.


Beginners Garden Photography

Saturday, October 1, 2016


Pre-registration is required for this workshop.

Free for Members

$25 General Admission

 Please call the Garden office to register 925-944-9352 or use button below to pay

Learn how to properly use your camera for that amazing garden landscape and plant close-up shots. You will have the 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 and for more details about the instructors and their amazing portfolio.) Bring your camera, tripod (if you have one) and camera manual.


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.


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