Open Tuesday – Sunday | 9am – 4pm


We are a world-renowned 3.5 acre botanical garden and retail Nursery housing a collection of climate-appropriate plants from around the world. This year marks 50 years since Ruth first started planting her waterwise wonderland. Come explore Ruth’s Garden today!

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Designer in the Nursery

Wednesdays from 9AM - 1PM

Every Wednesday, one of our Landscape Designers will be in the Nursery to help you with your quick design questions. Need to replace a plant or two? Have a couple of pots you want to fill? Want to know more about our Landscape Design services? Stop by on Wednesdays!

Meditative Sound Bath with Sound Quest

February 22nd | 5:00 - 6:00PM

Come experience music therapy with crystal singing bowls in the Great Room at the Garden. Our friends at Sound Quest will lead you on a meditative journey. Garden Members receive discounted tickets!

Workshop Wednesday

February 1st | 10AM

Workshop Wednesdays feature fun and creative projects for children. Tomorrow Miss Marie will show you how to sow the seeds of Mimosa pudica, or the “tickle plant” and paint a pot.

Children’s Programs are back!

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Join our Children’s Education Manager, Miss Marie, every Wednesday for Workshop Wednesdays and Thursdays for Story Time. Become a member to receive discounts on workshops and free Garden admission for a year.

Valentine’s Day Pre-Orders are LIVE

Large Mixed Protea Bouquets are back!

This beautiful bouquet of Protea, Leucospermum and Leucadendron flowers is not your average flower shop bouquet. Surprise and delight your Valentine with this unusual mix of flowers that also dry beautifully, so they can enjoy this bouquet much longer than roses or other cut flowers.

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Our Garden Members get free admission to the Garden, 20% off in our retail Nursery every time they shop, reciprocal admission to other gardens, and more! Memberships start at just $50 a year and can be bought online or at the Kiosk at the Garden!


If you have any Membership related questions, please reach out to our team at membership@ruthbancroftgarden.org


Become a Member

 Designer in the Nursery


Every Wednesday in January from 9:30 am to 1 pm (11th, 18th, and 25th) one of our Landscape Designers will be in the Nursery to help you with your quick design questions. Need to replace a plant or two? Have a couple of pots you want to fill? Want to know more about our Landscape Design services?


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Stop by and see us!

1552 Bancroft Road

Walnut Creek, CA 94598

          photo by Jenn Emerling


Private Events 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, 2020, 2021, & 2022


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As Seen on The Knot       Best of the East Bay logo The Ruth Bancroft Garden

          photo by Caitlin Atkinson

Landscape Design Services


Want a waterwise 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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We are proud partners of the Bloom! California Campaign


This initiative aims to encourage people to plant California native plants in their Gardens. Doing so provides a habitat for local wildlife including hummingbirds, bees and butterflies! We have many California native plants in the Garden today, and have a selection available for sale in our retail Nursery.


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(Webinar) Dry Garden Botany- Trees

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


(Workshop) Herbal Tea Blending 101

Saturday, February 4, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Children’s Day

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


(Webinar) Dry Garden Botany – Misc. Succulents [Part 2]

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


(Webinar) Dry Garden Botany – Asphodelaceae

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Children’s Programs

The Garden hosts a variety of Children’s education. Learn more here

What's In Bloom - January 2023

What’s In Bloom

January 2023

Preview the plants blooming in the Garden right now. Discover which ones are available 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: Iris unguicularis

Many irises are spring-flowering, but Iris unguicularis, popularly known as the Algerian iris, is especially early-flowering, usually commencing even before the winter solstice.