Plant Sales


We sell a large selection of plants year-round in our Retail Nursery. 

At our annual plant sales, in April and October, we offer an expanded selection of interesting and unusual plants.

Spring 2015 Plant Sale 
Saturday, April 11 - Thursday, April 16

New Sale Format:

6 days of Expanded Plant Selection

in our new Nursery Retail Space


  • Members Only Pre-Sale 9am-11am

    Entry granted to members of The Ruth Bancroft Garden only! No reciprocal members or guest passes.

  • Memberships available at the door
  • Public sale 11am – 3pm
  • Docent-led tours at 11am and 1pm
  • Free admission all day (Saturday only)
  • Garden open until 4pm

Sunday – Thursday:

  • The public sale continues 10am - 4pm each day
Additional info coming soon.

Information for Sale Day


Driving and Parking Directions

The entrance to the Garden on Plant Sale day is the North Entrance of the Garden, there will be no parking for visitors at the office entrance.  Please exercise caution when entering the single-lane driveway; there may be pedestrians or outgoing traffic. Stay to the right, and use the gravel turnouts as necessary.  Please follow the directions of our parking volunteers to ensure everyone's safety.

After parking walk back along the driveway to the Folly to enter the Garden. Please do not walk through the private property behind the Garden.

If the lot at the North Entrance is full please park on adjacent streets.  Be mindful of encroaching on driveways, we want to be good neighbors.



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From San Francisco or Oakland
Drive East on Highway 24, and continue onto 680 North.
Exit Treat Blvd. and turn right. Go approximately one mile, then turn right on Bancroft Road.
Make a U-turn at Stratton Road. The Ruth Bancroft Garden will be on your right.

From Sacramento
Drive West on Interstate 80 and exit onto 680 South.
Exit at Treat Blvd. and turn left from the offramp onto North Main Street. Make the next left onto Treat Blvd.
Go approximately one mile, then turn right on Bancroft Road.
Make a U-turn at Stratton Road. The Ruth Bancroft Garden will be on your right.

From San Jose
Drive North on 680. Exit at Ygnacio Valley Blvd. and turn right.
Go approximately two and a half miles, then turn left onto Bancroft Road. The Ruth Bancroft Garden will be on your right.


Navigating the Plant Sale

The Plant Sale is in a new location in the Garden.  Plant tables are set up in the retail plant sales area and into the garden near the sales area.  If you are looking for a specific plant, please ask one of our Nursery staff, in bright green shirts, or volunteers, who will be wearing name badges.

Wagons are available in the sale area entrance for your shopping convenience. Please return the wagons when you are finished so that others may use them. If you are still shopping but no longer need a wagon, our volunteers will help you move your plants to the holding area, thus making the wagon available for others. We do have a limited number of wagons; so if you have a wagon please feel free to bring it along.

Dish gardens and a variety of gift items will also be available during the sale.

Nursery areas visible from the retail sales area but chained off are not open to the public.  Plants in these areas are not yet ready to be sold, already sold, or reserved for accession into the Garden.  Please do not enter any area that is chained off!


Purchasing Plants

When you are ready to purchase your plants, volunteers will help collect and tally your plants, and will provide you with a tally sheet to take to the cashier.  If you have 8 or fewer plants there is an Express Checkout line.

The cashier will calculate your total. You may pay by cash, check, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover).  Remember there is no member discount on plant sale days but you may use your plant certificates.

If you have too many plants to carry, volunteers in the holding and loading areas will assist you. You can drive your car around to the office entrance and receive help loading plants into your car. For Loading Zone infomation click here.

Drive safely! Your plants are sure to love their new home.


Loading Zone and Directions

The office entrace will be used for loading plant sale purchases only.  Please follow the directions of the traffic volunteers to ensure everyone's safety.

Directions and map to loading zone from North Entrance and side streets.

2014 Fall Plant Sale -  October 11

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Something for Everyone:

  • Beautiful California native and Australian plants

  • Astounding array of cacti, succulents, and other drought tolerant beauties

  • Dry garden advice from our knowledgeable staff and volunteers

  • Gorgeous plants for all budgets

  • Unique garden gifts: artistic dish gardens, local art, hard-to-find books and more…


Memberships may be purchased at the door.

Public Sale: 11am-3pm

The Garden will be open until 4pm, but the sale wraps up at 3.

If you have a wagon please feel free to bring it along.

Free Admission All Day


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Spring 2015

Driving and Parking

Navigating the Sale

Checkout Process

Loading Zone

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.
Plant Sale Sponsors

Thank you to our generous media and in-kind sponsors for supporting our plant sales!

Contra Costa Times

Daiblo Magazine 


























Succulent Gardens

Peet's Coffee and Tea

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