Family Events
National Public Gardens Day - Friday, May 9

National Public Gardens Day was developed by the American Public Gardens Association in an effort to raise public awareness about the importance of public gardens. It is a wonderful opportunity for the community to visit and learn about the resources available at the Garden, including educational opportunities and family-focused events.

Free Admission All Day!


Photo Walk - 10:30am - 12pm

Capture the many colors and textures of the Garden with your camera or smart phone. John Ricca, a photography instructor with the Yosemite Conservancy, will lead a photo walk on National Public Gardens Day. Learn about lighting, framing, and finding an interesting subject for your snaps. If you want, you can submit your work to the NPGD Photo Contest!

$10/person, limited to 10 people

Private Tour of Ruth's Garden - Saturday, May 10

Join RBG Curator Brian Kemble the day before Mother's Day for a rare peek behind the fence! Brian will take a group through the private garden around Ruth's home. In addition to the lath houses and greenhouses filled with succulents, there are an astonishing variety of roses, herbs, perennials, and irises.

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 10:30am

This behind-the-scenes tour is limited to twenty participants, so get your tickets early!

General Admission: $35

RBG Member Price: $15

Please call the office for your tickets: (925) 944-9352

Mother's Day - Sunday, May 11

Bring Mom to the Garden for our annual Mother's Day Event! Outdoor fun for the whole family:  have a picnic, take a tour, get a gift, and make crafts.

Regular admission rates apply,

and mothers are free!


Special Mother's Day Tours

10am, 11:30am, and 1pm


Angie Capri Photography is an exclusive international portrait photography studio, dedicated to creating exceptional-quality portraits of and for strong, fabulous women. Angie strives to bring out the authentic beauty and radiance of each of her clients, working strictly on location and taking great care to custom-select the perfect setting that feels true to you.

Learn more about Angie at her website:

Please RSVP before April 15, 2014 to book your appointment by calling Angie at (925) 338-1104

Mother's Day Photos

(Prices include digital photos for social media)

  • $97 for a 20 minute photography session: Recommended for 2 subjects
  • $145 for a 30 minute photography session: Recommended for 2-4 subjects
  • $290 for a 60 minute photography session: Recommended for 5-8 subjects

Upgrade and frame your favorite images so your mother can cherish them everyday! Photos come wrapped and ready to gift to your mom.

  • $97 for a 5x7 framed print
  • $197 for an 8x12 framed print

Mother's Day Tea, an RBG tradition - Sunday, May 11


Our annual Mother's Day Tea is a great way to celebrate the day. Enjoy the beauty of the Garden with a tasty tea party catered by La Boulange in Walnut Creek.

Sunday, May 11, 2014. Two tea seatings: 11am and 1:30pm. 


Mini brioche sandwiches (chicken salad / prosciutto & fig / egg salad / brie & apple)

Fresh baguettes with jam and dip

Seasonal fruit

Assortment of petite pastries

Hot and iced tea

Advanced ticket purchase required - admission to Mother's Day Tea includes admission to the Garden for activities and tours. Allow at least 90 minutes for a garden tour when planning your visit.

Adult Tea: $35, Child's Tea: $22

Buy your tickets online or by calling the garden's office: (925) 944-9352.

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Tuesday Mornings in the Summer

Come to the Ruth Bancroft Garden for a morning of free family activities on the first Tuesday of each month. These drop-in programs are available from 10am - 12pm. Activities are geared towards families with school-aged children, but younger siblings are also welcome to attend. Parents are encouraged to participate and facilitate in their children’s garden experience.

Tuesday, June 3

Plant Survivors: Cool Plant Adaptations for Hot, Dry Conditions
When you go for a hike in the heat of the summer what do you bring with you? Water, sunscreen, a hat, maybe some bug spray? Plants that thrive in arid (low-water) conditions have adapted, or changed, to suit their dry, sunny, and often hot environments. Come explore through hands-on activities how plants avoid getting sunburned, stay cool, collect and store any drops of precious water they find, and avoid being tasty lunch for other desert-dwelling creatures. Take a tour of the garden and round out your morning with a scavenger hunt and craft activity.

Tuesday, July 1

What Comes Down Must Go Up… Understanding the Water Cycle
Water is precious to all living things, and in arid or dry environments where water is scarce it is especially important. Learn about the journey water takes from the Earth to the sky and back down again. Plants that thrive in dry environments have efficient ways to find, store and use the little water available. Come do hands-on experiments in the garden.

Tuesday, August 5

The Birds and the Bees: How Desert Plants Reproduce
Plants that have adapted to arid conditions have many ingenious ways to propagate. Some plants produce showy, fragrant flowers that attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and bats. Once pollinated, their flowers turn into seed-bearing fruit that gets eaten by animals. But that’s not all… some desert plants become “mothers” and produce baby plants called “pups”. Others simply drop their leaves and the leaves can grow into whole new plants. Come take a tour of the Garden and learn about flowers, fruits and seeds. Take home a baby plant of your own.


Bluegrass Sunset Social - Friday, August 15

There's a reason this is one of our most well-attended events of the yearit's a ton of fun! Bring the whole family, and don’t forget your dancing shoes. The Alhambra Valley Band has been entertaining bluegrass fans since 1986 and has been performing at our Bluegrass Sunset Social since 2011.


Check out photos of last year's event

Friday, August 15, 5-8pm

Musical Guest: The Alhambra Valley Band

$15 admission

$25 admission plus food

(drinks sold separately)
Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended. Click here to buy tickets online.

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 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 Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our nursery renovation



The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy