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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Garden of D'Lights

Tickets Available NOW!

Garden of D’Lights runs select nights from November 25th – January 8th. Members receive discounts on select ticket allotments! Become a member today to take advantage of this offer.

Plant Swap

Saturday, December 10th

Garden Members receive exclusive access to discounted tickets! Become a member today.

Double Your Donation

Now through December 31st

Everything we do at the Garden is only possible through the support of our donors, members and visitors! Now through December 31st, our Board is matching all donations up to $50,000 – when you donate during this time, your donation as double the impact! Donate today!

We Appreciate Your Support




This year, the Ruth Bancroft Garden Board Members have graciously agreed to match up to $50,000 in donations made from November 1st to December 31st. 2022. When you donate to our nonprofit during this time, your donation will have twice the impact! The Ruth Bancroft Garden’s mission is to sustain and preserve Ruth’s historic Garden and to educate the public about climate-appropriate gardening, none of which would be possible without the generous support of our members, donors, and visitors.


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Become a Member


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 $40 a year and can be bought online or at the Kiosk at the Garden!


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1552 Bancroft Road

Walnut Creek, CA 94598

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Food Donations


Now through December 31st, we are collecting donations for the local food bank! Our barrel is right outside the Kiosk. Next time you’re at the Garden, consider bringing some of the items listed and help us give back to our community!


For more information about the Food Bank, click here.

 Designer in the Nursery


Every Wednesday in December & January from 9 am to 1 pm 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 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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          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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(Workshop) Winter Cotoneaster Nature Printing

Saturday, December 3, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Community Plant Swap

Saturday, December 10, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


(Webinar) Dry Garden Botany- Arecaceae (Palms) & Cycads

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Introducing our new Executive Director: Dane Callihan

Dane has a passion for advancing the Garden’s mission, and for preserving Ruth Bancroft’s ethos and legacy.

What's In Bloom - December 2022

What’s In Bloom

December 2022

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: Hakea petiolaris

Though Hakea species may be found in various parts of Australia, the winter-rainfall region in the continent’s southwest has the most species. One of these is Hakea petiolaris, from near Perth and up to about 300 km east and northeast of there.