A world-renowned 3.5-acre garden, housing a collection of succulents, both unique and beloved, as well as drought-tolerant plants from around the world. The Garden’s founder, Ruth Bancroft, lived to be 109 and was a pioneer in drought-tolerant gardening. Open to the public year-round, the Garden showcases fabulous blooms during every season and highlights plant structure and texture in robust plantings.

The Garden & Nursery are OPEN

Please be advised of the following:

  • As a wholly outdoor botanical garden and nursery, we are currently able to remain open under the current  State and County Covid-19 shelter-in-place guidelines. Check back prior to visiting as the situation may change.
  • Garden of d’Lights is a rain or shine event.
  • Adults are encouraged to come alone or with 1 other person.  Families of adults with children, up to 5 people maximum, will be allowed as long as they all reside in the same household.

  • We’re limiting the number of visitors so the parking lot may be full and you may be asked to return later

  • Entry and exit areas to both the Garden and Nursery have been modified so please follow signs upon arrival
  • No food or picnics are allowed in the Garden at this time.

CLICK HERE here for more details regarding current visitation rules and processes.



(Webinar) “Travels with Brian & Walker- Mojave Desert”

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


(Webinar) “Curator’s Highlight- Mesembs”

Saturday, January 30, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


(Webinar) “Curator’s Highlight- Winter-rainfall Aloes”

Saturday, February 20, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


(Webinar) Growing Weed in the Garden

Saturday, February 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Garden wedding

Private Rentals at the Garden

The Garden is a perfect venue for weddings, corporate events, birthdays and other special occasions. Our unique collection of mature trees, succulents and cacti provide a stunning backdrop to make your occasion unforgettable. Indoor and outdoor options available so you can have your event any time of year.
Voted “Best Wedding Venue in the East Bay” by Diablo Magazine editors and readers, June 2020
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Landscape design services

Landscape Design Services

Available Now Virtually

Want to convert from lawn to garden but not sure where to start? We now offer landscape design consultation services ranging from a little advice to a complete plan for a whole new garden!

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What's In Bloom - January 2021

What’s In Bloom

January 2021

Preview the plants blooming in the Garden right now. Discover which ones are for sale in the Nursery. Print this guide at home or pick one up at the Garden when you visit.

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Latest Plant Highlight: Odontophorus marlothii

The genus Odontophorus is a small one, with 4 or 5 species (plus an additional subspecies) native to the northwestern corner of South Africa. These plants belong to the family Aizoaceae, also known as the Ice Plant Family, one of the most species-rich groups of succulents in the world.