Do you have a passion for plants that you’d like to share with others? Would you like to deepen your knowledge of dry-adapted plants, water-wise gardening, and the innovating and inspiring example of Ruth Bancroft? If so, you should become a Docent!
Docents are key members of our team here at the Ruth Bancroft Garden—leading tours for adults and children, serving as Garden Hosts, introducing and orienting new visitors to the Garden.
Docent training consists of 10 Saturdays of instruction from late November through March. Course material includes in-depth instruction and plant identification of the plant families represented in our collection, history of the Garden and interpretation of relevant plant science topics.
Contact our Docent Coordinator if you are interested or if you have any questions! Get the Docent Information and Application here.
November 19, 2016: Introduction to the Garden and Docent Training Program
December 3, 2016: Asphodelaceae Lecture
December 17, 2016: Agavaceae Lecture
January 7, 2017: Ruth Bancroft Garden Trees and Shrubs
January 21, 2017: Plant Family Crassulaceae and Introduction to Cycads
February 4, 2017: Plant Familiy Nolinaceae and Other Garden Favorites Lecture
February 18, 2017: Plant Families Bromeliaceae & Aizoaceae Lecture
March 4, 2017: California Native Plants, Australian Plants, and Proteaceae Lecture
March 18, 2017: Plant Family Cactaceae and Euphorbiaceae Lecture
April 1, 2017: Graduation Tours *10am start
For those in the Docent training program classes run 9am - 12pm on above dates.
For those attending the lectures not as part of Docent training, lectures are 10am - 12pm on December 2016 - March 2017 dates.
Docent Training Program fees: $150 General Admission, $100 Ruth Bancroft Garden Member.
Individual classes are $15 for members, $20 for General Admission.
Please call the office to register at (925) 944-9352.
Docents Leading Tours in the Garden