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Dia de los Muertos Dish Garden

Surrounded by succulents, Catrina couple is celebrating Dia de Muertos. In a 4.5" x 10 light green planter

Catrina Dish Garden

Deep colorful dish garden stands 9" high. Catrina ceramic figurine amidst portulacaria afra variegata and non variegata, purple leafed aeonium and yellow ceramic florals.

 

Rustic Dish Garden

Rustic wooden planter with a pelican carving embedded on a side. 8' square dish garden is filled with string of bananas, raindrops and aspargus fern.

Elegant Dish Garden

Rectangular dish garden with leaves carved in stone plaque. Presented beautifully with purple tints, long stems, and trailing succulents.

 

Visual Delight Dish Garden

Textured sculpted planter by Ellen Sachtshale. Glazed lines of planter are complemented by tall spiney succulents.

Terrific Talavera Dish Garden

Colorful Talavera dish presenting Catrina couple amidst the arms of a cactus. Small multicolored ceramic “turtles” walk between other succulents and cacti.

 

The 3 Catrinas Dish Garden

3 original ceramic Catrina figures created by Julie Rose, adorning wide Talavera potted dish garden.

 
Sports & Entertainment
 

Sorensen's Resort

1 Night's Lodging for 2 people at Sorensen's Resort in Hope Valley, Monday -Thursday

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Two tickets to a Berkeley Rep play - your choice of several selections

 

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Two tickets to a Berkeley Rep play - your choice of several selections

Blackhawk Country Club

Round of golf for 4 Monday - Thursday after 1:00 P.M.

 

Rossmoor Dollar Ranch Golf Course

2 Green Fees and 2 Carts

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

2 tickets to a performance of Angels in America Part I Sunday, May 27 at 2 PM and dinner afterwards with Melissa Allen and Elisabeth Andreason

 

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

2 tickets to a performance of Angels in America Part II Sunday, May 27 at 2 PM and dinner afterwards with Melissa Allen and Elisabeth Andreason

Benicia Old Town

2 tix to play, Having a Great Time, Wish You Were Here, Benicia Old Town Theatre Oct. 20-Nov. 11, 2017

 

Oakhurst Country Club

Enjoy a round of golf for 2 or 4

 
 
Home, Art, & Beauty
 

Zella Urmson Photography

1-Hour Photo session in RBG; 2-5X7s & 1-8X10 or 11X14 Image. Extra Charge for all digital images. Expires April 2018

"Shadows and Light"

Beautiful 24x18 watercolor painting

by local, renowned artist Lassie Colebourn

 

"Cactus Crown"

Bright and cheery watercolor painting

by local, renowned artist Lassie Colebourn

Art Lesson

Small session art lesson with artist Lassie Colebourn

 

Deodar Cedar Bowl with Bark Rim

Beautiful, hand-carved wooden bowl from the Garden's Deodar Cedar Tree. Salvaged and crafted by Dave Morris and the Bay Area Woodturners Association.

Large Deodar Cedar Bowl

Beautiful, hand-carved wooden bowl from the Garden's Deodar Cedar Tree. Salvaged and crafted by Dave Morris and the Bay Area Woodturners Association.

 

Catrina Jewelry

Catrina-styled necklace and matching bracelet

Handmade Bracelet

Original handmade leather, multi-wrapped, beaded bracelet-black & silver

Handmade Bracelet

Original handmade leather, multi-wrapped beaded bracelet-gold & bronze

Walnut Creek Parking Pass

1 year VIP Parking Pass for Walnut Creek

Noche Mexicana jewelry

Skull necklace and matching bracelet

Themed coloring book

Dia de los Muertos coloring book with color pencils. The intricate drawings can inspire the artist in you to create unique Catrina and related images.

 

Curly Maple Jewelry Box

A handmade maple wooden jewelry box. The maple has a spiral-like pattern and it comes with 3 drawers.

Signed Book

Newly released children's book autographed by the author, Kimberly Ruth Hidalgo ( Ruth Bancroft's granddaughter ). Inspired by her childhood years in Ruth's garden.

 

Children's Gift

Children’s Basket of Desert Plant and

Animal Themed Books and Craft

 
 
Wine & Food
 

Exclusive Cabernet Sauvignon

Rare bottle of Far Niente Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Oakville. This wine is sold out and no longer available to purchase.

4 Bottle Mahoney Vineyards Giftbox (3 available)

Contains 1 2016 Estate Vermentino, 1 2014 Pinot Noir, 1 2016 Chardonnay, 1 2014 Las Brisas pinot

 

Premium Wine

3 bottles of 2013 Paraduxx Proprietary Red Wine, a Zinfandel based delight!

Rachel Dunn Chocolates (2 available)

Chocolate Making Workshop for 2 People

 

Captain Vineyards

Tour and wine tasting

2 Bottles of Corison Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Very dark ruby in the glass with a hint of purple, this wine smells of black cherry and plum and licorice with a hint of green herbs.

 
   

2014 Mojave Pinot Noir

This Pinot from Anderson Valley was crafted by Becky George, a winemaker at Kelly Fleming Vineyards. The grapes are from a vineyard located in the “deep end” of Anderson Valley very close to the ocean.

 
 
Estate Items
 

Jewish Man with Birds

Painting by Yugoslavian Artist Jovan Obican 1918-1986. Acrylic. The bird in his pieces depict love, peace, liberty, beauty, and happiness.

Sepia Photograph

Original photograph Of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915

 
Trio of Peruvian Watercolors

Artist’s Proof, Dragonfly Linoleum Block Print by Caren Belle Lobel-Fried

This Hawaiin artist and illustrator works on behalf of several wildlife organizations the South Pacific.

 

Spider Web Painting of Australian Koala, by Georgina Lowery of Buxton Victoria

Fresh Spider webs are collected on Frames, and create the canvas upon which this painting of a Koala Bear is painted.

 

 

4 plates from 30s - 40s

Tlaquepaque pottery from the Jalisco area. This pottery tradition stems from pre-Hispanic times and continues today. Pieces from the 30's and 40's were not mass produced as they are today.

 

Mexican mask of gentleman with long nose

Great for Day of the Dead, but also for Mardi Gras, or as an interesting piece of art.

Mexican Devil Mask

Intricate and colorful, this mask comes in pieces and is a fabulous example of mask art from Mexico.

Masked Mexican Dancer

Vibrant acrylic on canvas, expressing a humorous masked male dancer. Painted by TL Torres

"Two Mexican Farmers having a chat"

Acryclic original, painted in 2001

 
 

Special Thanks to our Sponsors and Donors

for their generous contributions!

The Gardens at Alcatraz • Amphora Lafayette, Nate Bradley • Berkeley Repertory • Blackhawk Country Club • Calicraft Brewing Company • Captain Vineyard of Moraga • Coi Restaurant San Francisco • Conservatory of Flowers • Rachel Dunn Chocolates • Latticestix of San Francisco • Oliver Ranch Foundation and Steve Oliver • Rossmoor Golf Course and Mark Heptig,Director • Save Mt Diablo • Sorensen’s Resort, Hope Valley CA • Zella Urmson Photography

 
 

Melissa Allen and Elisabeth Andreason • Kathleen Blackman and Richard Watson • Gretchen Bartzen and Mike Rippey • Lucy Beck • John and Patty Brissenden • Jim Cartan • Sal and Susan Captain • Chris Codding and John Ricca • Donna and Ken Coit • Lassie Colebourn • Judith Coleman-Cohen • Nina Dickerson • Karen Ferriere • Jane Freeman • Shelagh Fritz • Gail Giffen and Chris Pisarra • Diane Goldsmith • Dick Hansen • Kristin Yanker Hansen • Kathy Hildago • Dennis Kaump • Ken Litchfield • Billie Hopper and David Mitchell • Marilyn and Lu Hughes • Bob Kattenburg • Beverly Kraut • Linnea Lion • Ken Litchfield • Stephen Lysaght and Gary Anderson • Carol and John Maerzke • John Nassar • Wendy and Rob Owen • Geraldine Pember • Marilyn & Rely Pio Roda • Julie and Bernie Rose • Jane and Bud Rotermund • Susan and Earl Ruby • Ellen Sachtschale • Milton Schueler • Dennis and Barbara Snyder • Ashlee Urmson • Shelagh Fritz • Mary and Pello Walker • Monique Young

 
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.
 
Event and Media Sponsors

The success of our events depends on our generous media and event sponsors. Thank you!

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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