Plant Sales


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

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

2014 Fall Plant Sale -  October 11
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…


Members Only Pre-Sale: 9am-11am

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

Available Plants

(not a full list)

Acacia cultriformis
Acacia merinthophora

Adenium obesum (red-flowered cv.)

Agave americana 'Medio Picta Alba'

Agave applanata

Agave 'Baccarat'

Agave 'Blue Glow'

Agave bracteosa

Agave colorata

Agave dasylirioides

Agave gentryi

Agave guadalajarana

Agave havardiana

Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor'

Agave montana

Agave nickelsiae

Agave obscura

Agave ocahui

Agave ovatifolia

Agave parrasana

Agave parryi

Agave pelona

Agave potatorum

Agave 'Royal Spine'

Agave rzedowskiana

Agave salmiana 'Butterfingers'

Agave 'Shoji Raijin'

Agave striata

Agave toumeyana

Agave utahensis v. eborispina

Agave utahensis v. nevadensis

Agave victoriae-reginae

Agave wocomahi

Agave xylonacantha


Albuca setosa 'Augrabies Hills'


Aloe aculeata

Aloe arborescens

Aloe aristata

Aloe brevifolia

Aloe buhrii

Aloe capitata var. cipolinicola

Aloe capitata var. quartziticola

Aloe claviflora

Aloe glauca

Aloe 'Hellskloof Bells'

Aloe 'Hum-Vir'

Aloe juvenna

Aloe 'Lavender Star'

Aloe lineata

Aloe melanacantha

Aloe microstigma

Aloe mitriformis

Aloe mutabilis

Aloe pesudorubroviolacea

Aloe petricola

Aloe rubroviolacea

Aloe sinkatana

Aloe striata hybrid

Aloe 'Virens'


Anigozanthos 'Amber Velvet'

Anigozanthos 'Spike'


Brachychiton rupestris

Boophone disticha

Brunsvigia josephinae

Bulbinella nutans

Cyrtanthus obliquus


Echeveria affinis 'Black Knight'

Echeveria agavoides 'Ebony'

Echeveria agavoides 'Red Edge'

Echeveria agavoides 'Romeo'

Echeveria agavoides x pulidonis

Echeveria amoena

Echeveria cante (seed grown)

Echeveria cante 'White Cloud'

Echeveria colorata 'Mexican Giant'

Echeveria derenbergii

Echeveria 'Domingo'

Echeveria elegans

Echeveria gibbiflora hybrids

Echeveria 'Gilva'

Echeveria 'Glory'

Echeveria 'Imbricata'

Echeveria lilacina

Echeveria pulidonis

Echeveria setosa

Echeveria subrigida


Ferocactus glaucescens

Ferocactus latispinus

Ferocactus pilosus


Gasteria acinacifolia

Gasteria bicolor

Gasteria carinata

Gasteria glomerata

Gasteria RBG hybrids

Gasteria verrucosa


Graptopetalum paraguayense and hybrids


Graptosedum 'Vera Higgins'


Graptoveria 'Opalina'


Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream'


Ledebouria socialis


Leucadendron argenteum

Leucadendron 'Ebony'

Leucadendron 'Jester'


Leucospermum 'High Gold'

Leucospermum 'Scarlet Ribbons'


Mammillaria geminispina

Mammillaria spp.


Ornithogalum sp.


Protea cynaroides

Protea 'Pink Ice'


Veltheimia capensis


Xanthorrhoea preissii


Information for Sale Day


Driving and Parking Directions

The entrance to the Garden on Plant Sale day is the North Entrance of the Garden.  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.

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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

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

Plant tables are set up in the nursery sales area and into the garden near the nursery.  If you are looking for a specific plant, please ask one of our staff or volunteers, who will be wearing name badges.

The Nursery is not open to the public. All of the available plants will be on the public side of the nurdery fencing; plants that are visible from outside the Nursery fence may not be ready for sale or may be reserved for accession into the Garden. Please do not enter the Nursery or the Nursery Greenhouse!


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.

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, volunteers in the holding and pick-up areas will assist you. You can drive your car around to the office entrance and receive help loading plants into your car.

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


Fall 2014

Driving and Parking

Garden Layout

Checkout Process

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