Tuesday – Sunday | 9AM – 4PM. Last Garden Admissions are at 3:15PM.

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.

photo credit Kim J. Martin

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, June 2021

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photo credit Caitlin Atkinson

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 Hopper Memorial FundBillie J Hopper

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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photo credit Monica Avila

Golden Jubilee: Celebrating 50 Years of RBG

2022 is the Ruth Bancroft Garden’s Golden Jubilee Celebration. In honor of our 50th year of the joy, dedication and preservation that this beautiful Garden embodies, we have a new logo to commemorate the Aeonium ‘Glenn Davidson’ that sparked Ruth’s infatuation with succulents, dry gardening and furthered her dedication to conservation. Throughout 2022, we will be honoring Ruth and her vision by celebrating the 50 years of hard work it took to create this water-wise wonderland we have today. We are excited to share the origin of Ruth’s passion for succulents with our community.

To celebrate Ruth’s prolific collection, we have the Aeonium ‘Glen Davidson’ for sale in the Nursery. This is the plant that sparked Ruth’s fascination with succulents and we hope it will inspire you and your gardens as well!


(Webinar) Groundcovers & Vines in Dry Gardens

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Workshop Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am


(Webinar) Essential Cacti in Dry Gardens

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Members- Bring a Friend for Free Day

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


(Webinar) Essential Trees & Palms in Dry Gardens

Saturday, June 11, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


What's In Bloom - May 2022

What’s In Bloom

May 2022

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: Pachyphytum bracteosum

The genus Pachyphytum belongs to the Crassulaceae, or Stonecrop Family, with the various species notable for their balloon-like chubby leaves, including Pachyphytum bracteosum.