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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.

FEATURED EVENTS

Plant-astic Pots: ANIMALS

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 am

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(Webinar) Dry Garden Care & Maintenance

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Beat the Heat Story Time – RSVP Only

Thursday, August 5, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 am

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Pollinators & Friends Day

Saturday, August 14, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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(Webinar) Gardening for Pollinators

Saturday, August 14, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Tracy Fletcher named Executive Director
(Effective July 1, 2021)

The Ruth Bancroft Board of Directors has voted unanimously to promote RGB’s Chief Operating Officer, Tracy Fletcher, to the position of Executive Director, effective July 1, 2021.  In her new capacity, Tracy will work to reinforce and build on Ruth’s vision and mission, which has always been to make the Garden a welcoming, enjoyable and educational experience for all.

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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 2021
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Landscape design services

Landscape Design Services

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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Billie J Hopper

Billie Hopper Memorial Fund

Billie J. Hopper (1944 – 2021)
Volunteer and Co-Executive Director at Ruth Bancroft Garden, 2005 – 2019

Donations in Billie’s memory can be made to the Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery and The Nature Conservancy. Gifts to the Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery will help us maintain and improve the Garden in many including expanding on our visitor material and educational offerings, purchasing supplies for our new “Nook” education space, and so much more!

 

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Background Images for Zoom

Enjoy being in the Garden while you’re on Zoom!  Check out and download one of our RBG Zoom background images to use during your next call.

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What's In Bloom - July 2021

What’s In Bloom

July 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: Opuntia sulphurea

Opuntia is one of the largest groups in the entire Cactus Family, and it has the largest geographical range as well: from Canada in the north to Argentina in the south. A good example is Opuntia sulphurea, which is a common species in its native South America, but not often seen in U.S. gardens.