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

DIY Succulent Series - Succulent Terrariumsucculent terrariums
Saturday, July 8, 2017

10:00am - 11:00am

$44 Members Price - Members, please call the office to register at member price.

$49 General Admission

Are you fascinated by succulents, but haven't had the best luck keeping them alive? Or are you an avid gardener just looking for a new project? Either way, this workshop is for you! Brandi Chalker of Sunshine & Succulents will be leading this creative workshop, where you'll get your hands dirty while learning all about how to design with and care for succulents. Pick from a huge selection of succulents and make your very own glass orb terrarium, with plenty of demonstrations and hands-on help along the way. All materials included. You'll practically be a terrarium guru by the time you leave!


Capturing Evening Light at the Gardenimage of plants

Friday, August 4, 2017

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Sold Out

Please contact to be put on the wait list for this workshop.

picture of plants at sunset

Take advantage of the golden lighting in the Garden for this special evening photography workshop. Led by John Ricca and Richard Valenti, this will be an amazing opportunity to learn how to utilize depth of field, focus, and exposure to capture the perfect shot. (Check out and for more details about the instructors.) Bring your camera, tripod (if you have one) and camera manual.


DIY Succulent Series - Cactus Centerpiecedish garden with cactus

Saturday, August 12, 2017

10:30am - 11:30am


$30 Members Price

$35 General Admission


Create a dramatic cactus centerpiece in this hands-on workshop with Linnea Lion. You will also learn about the key design elements and how to maintain your stunning creation.


Aesthetic Pruningman pruning tree

Saturday, September 23, 2017

10:00am - 12:00pm

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

$35 General Admission

Join world-renowned aesthetic pruner, Dennis Makishima, for an introductory class on how to prune trees and shrubs that will enhance and express the beauty of the plant’s form. Makishima combines horticultural science, bonsai aesthetics and creative interpretation of plant specimens in his work. The first part will be a sit-down lecture and the second part will be in the garden with a hands-on demonstration. Bring your own garden gloves and pruners.


Fruit Tasting Tourprickly pear fruit
Saturday, October 14, 2017

two tours will be offered

11:00am - 12:30pm and 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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

$35 General Admission 11am tour

$35 General Admission 2pm tour


Enjoy tasting a variety of cactus fruits, palm fruits, and other delectable items harvested from the garden. Brian Kemble, curator, will be leading the walk through the 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 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