Planting Season

Kick-off Sale

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2016


Sale runs 10am - 3pm each day

Members: 20% discount on plants and Nursery items

Non-members: 10% discount on plants and nursery items


Garden hours 10am - 4pm

Membership available at the door

Docent-led tours at 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm each day

Free admission to the Garden on sale days

Members be sure to have your membership card for hassel-free checkout


Information for Sale Days


Driving and Parking Directions Spring Fling

Parking is at the office entrance. If the office lot fills, overflow parking is on neighboring side streets. Please exercise caution when entering the parking lot; there may be pedestrians or outgoing traffic.

Be mindful of encroaching on driveways, we want to be good neighbors.

At the office entrance please stay to the right and proceed to parking behind the building. follow the directions of our parking volunteers to ensure everyone's safety. Vehicles picking up plants at the loading area will also be entering and leaving at this entrance.



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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

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.

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).

If you have too many plants to carry, you may use the holding and loading areas. You can drive your car around to the office entrance and load 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.


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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