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We are OPEN during construction. Pull in to the second driveway on Bancroft Rd. Click for more info.

Garden & Nursery hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm

Spring It On! Plant Sale

Friday, April 13 - Sunday April 22

10 am - 4 pm

No ordinary sale! Members receive 20% off, non-members receive 10% off

Kid's activities, raffles, daily specials and more!

The Bay Area's best selection of succulents, cacti, and drought-tolerant plants all on sale!


Sculpture Show 2018 - Now Accepting Artist Submissions!

Learn more about this exciting opportunity to showcase and sell your work in the Garden.

Photo by Zella Urmson Photography


The Bold Dry Garden

Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

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Visitor and Education Center Project

Phase I of construction is underway! Thank you to everyone who attended our Groundbreaking Celebration and for all of your continued support. Join the excitement as we build for a better future:

Text BUILDIT to 91999 to donate today.

March 2018 Update!

Rendering of new Visitor and Education Center from the east side of parking lot by Robert Becker with IDF Global.

Docent Training


docent graduates

Enrich visitor experience- join our dynamic team of Docents and Garden Hosts. Starts Nov. 18th.

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RBG Exclusive Experiences

Forage for mushrooms, sample tequila, or laugh the night away in a private sculpture garden. Try something new and support the Garden by signing up for an Exclusive Experience today!


While some Protea species grow as small trees, P. scolymocephala is a small, well-branched rounded shrub up to 5 feet tall (1.5 m). It has narrow strap-like green leaves with pointed tips, and these are typically about 2 inches long, though this varies from plant to plant. The uppermost new leaves are often red-tinged. 

The main flowering period for Protea scolymocephala is spring, with the first flowers opening in late winter. At the bud stage, the flower heads are round and covered by the overlapping red-tinged bracts, like fish scales. At maturity, the bracts spread widely, with their pale yellow or greenish-yellow inside surfaces forming a ring around the cluster of flowers.


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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.

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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 Club for funding restoration and education projects


The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our nursery renovation


The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy