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.


Bancroft History Tour (Members Only)

Saturday, January 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Author Talk with Daniel Nolan

Saturday, January 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Junior Cactus Club

Saturday, January 26, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm


Private Planetarium Show at Chabot Space & Science Center

Friday, February 1, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm


Blooming Aloes Garden Tour

Saturday, February 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


The Bold Dry Garden

by Johanna Silver

“Will quench your thirst for inspiration…elegant photographs ably capture the architectural drama of its bold forms and eccentric groupings.”
New York Times

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What's In Bloom - January 2019

What’s In Bloom

January 2019

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 Admissions Kiosk when you visit.

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Latest Plant Highlight: Cephalophyllum aureorubrum

At the Ruth Bancroft Garden, we have found this plant easy to grow if given excellent drainage and a sunny spot. Its bright yellow and orange blossoms are a welcome addition to the garden in winter, and lows in the upper 20’s F (to -3°C) have not harmed it.