Workshops & Programs

A special thank you to Contra Costa Water District for sponsoring these workshops!

Registration instructions here.

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.

succulent cuttingsSucculent Propagation

Saturday, September 13, 2014
10:30am – 12:00pm

Morning class is sold out.


Afternoon Class is sold out


Propagation is one of the first techniques to learn as you explore your love for succulent plants. Whether you want to use your plants in crafts and décor or just have an abundance for your garden, we will teach you the most successful and easiest methods of increasing your collection. Learn the best propagation techniques for specific plants, see demonstrations of some of the trickier methods, and participate in hands-on practice that will frequently come in handy in your own garden.

$20 General Admission, $12 Members Price - Pre-registration is required for this class.

Members, please call the office to register at the member price!


agave ovatifoliaGrowing the Drought-Tolerant Palette:

Inspiration and achievable beauty for water-wise gardens.

Friday, September 19
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Program will be held at the Gardens at Heather Farm.

1540 Marchbanks Road, Walnut Creek

Expand your drought-tolerant garden palette with underutilized water-wise plant choices.  Get excited about new-to-you drought-tolerant plants and learn how to use them in a garden from several expert speakers. Look at some great statement plants to update your gardens with structure, color, and year-round beauty. Discover companion plants that complement existing gardens and mingle well with others.

A special thank you to Gardens at Heather Farm for their partnership on this program.

austrailian plant

austrailian plant

Speakers will include:

Brain Kemble, Garden Curator at The Ruth Bancroft Garden

Troy McGregor, Gondwana Flora

More information on speakers to come, stay tuned!

$40 General Admission, $30 Members Price

Members, please call the office to register at member price!


palm sheath

Container Gardening with Organic Materials

Saturday, October 4, 2014
10:30am – 12:00pm

This class will focus on creating succulent arrangements with natural materials. Gourds, wooden boxes, and dried organic materials found in the garden make a wonderful base for a succulent arrangement. Laura Hogan, owner of Arid Accents, will create several examples in front of the class while sharing design principles and successful plant combinations for containers.

Following the demonstration, each attendee will be able to create their own masterpiece, using a moss covered branch as the starting point for their creativity.

$25 General Admission, $20 Members Price - Pre-registration is required for this class.

Members, please call the office to register at member price.


wooden box


Fruit Tasting Tour
Saturday, October 18, 2014
1:30pm – 3:00pm

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.

$20 General Admission, $12 Members Price - Pre-registration is required for this tour.
Members, please call the office to register at member price.


Lawn to Native Garden
Saturday, October 25
This is an all day workshop starting at 10 am.

Work with Garden Designer Kelly Marshall and RBG staff to transform a front yard to a drought-tolerant garden with California natives and succulents. More information to come, stay tuned!

$20 General Admission, $15 Members Price - Pre-registration is required for this workshop.

Members, please call office to register at member price.


How do you register for an event?

Online - via the individual event link. Available for general admission only. Ticketing fees may apply. If no event link is available, please call, fax, or mail your registration.

Phone - call the office at (925) 944-9352

Fax - send the registration form with credit card information to (925) 256-1889

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 position

The Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation and The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our directional signs

The California Horticultural Society for funding towards our restoration projects

The Bonita Garden Clubfor funding restoration and education projects


The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy