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 Creative Succulent Series - Birchwood Centerpiece
Saturday, January 14, 2017

10:30am - 11:30am

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

$35 General Admission

 

Break the winter blues by creating a succulent and cacti centerpiece. Led by a design professional, Linnea Lion, you will learn techniques on how to style and maintain your cotainer for lasting growth. This class will feature a rustic birch container for planting. Space is limited so sign up today!

 
 

Botanical Photograhy
Saturday, January 28, 2017

8:00 - 11:00am

Free for Members - please call the office to register

$20 General Admission

Become an expert in botanical photography. Enjoy special, early morning access to the garden for optimum lighting. Led by seasoned professionals, this is an amazing opportunity to learn how to utilize depth of field, focus, and exposure to capture the perfect shot. (Check out riccapics.com and rjvalenti.com for more details about the instructors.) Bring your camera, tripod (if you have one) and camera manual.

 
 

DIY Creative Succulent Series - Succulent Lovers
Saturday, February 11, 2017

10:30am - 11:30am

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

$35 General Admission

 

Love in the air and dirt under your nails. Follow design expert Linnea Lion's lead to create an artful succulent container with your significant other or come solo to make a gift for a loved one. It's a perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day while indulging in your passion for plants.

 
 

Succulent Success for Beginners
Saturday, February 24, 2017

10:30am - 11:30am

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

$20 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 leaves to roots!

 
 

Successful Container Gardening
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

10:30am - 11:30am

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

$20 General Admission

 

Do you have limited space or an area in your garden where you'd like to include a container garden? Learn to work in variable spaces and design principles that will make your container a stand-out creation. We will also go over plant selection and maintenance .

 
 

Hybridizing Succulents
Saturday, March 25, 2017

10:30am - 11:30am

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

$20 General Admission

 

Brian Kemble is a world- reknown expert on aloes and has many years of experience hybridizing succulents. Learn about the process of hand-pollinating and how to draw out the desirable traits for the new plants.

 
 

Spring Watercolor in the Garden (3 sessions)
Wednesdays, April 5, 12, and 19, 2017

10:00am - 1:00pm

$70 Members Price - Members, please call the office to register at member price.

$80 General Admission

 

Learn the basic techniques of watercolor in the beautiful spring setting of the Ruth Bancroft Garden with Wendy Soneson. You will learn the four paper uses, three brush techniques, and choosing correct materials in this outdoor class. Beginners and experienced painters are welcome for this 3-part series, as we will be learning a system of color mixing that will be new to all. [Do not bring any materials to first class; a list will be given or students can purchase kit from instructor.]

 
 

DIY Creative Succulent Series - Mix 'n Match
Saturday, April 8, 2017

10:30am - 11:30am

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

$35 General Admission

 

Conquer your fear of mixing succulents and perennials together in this spring-inspired DIY dish garden class. Linnea Lion will be leading the workshop on how to compose and maintain your own creation. We will be providing the container, plants and soil.

 
 
 

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.

 
 

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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