23rd Annual Sculpture in the Garden

Every summer, The Ruth Bancroft Garden transforms into an outdoor art gallery. The Garden's world-class collection of succulent and drought-tolerant plants provides a spectacular backdrop for artists to display their works. Follow the meandering pathways to discover art that ranges from classical to irreverent, spiritual to functional.
2017 Participating Sculptors

Thank you to Carrie Lederer and Erik Mortensen of the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek

for helping us select our pieces for the exhibition.


2017 Award Winners (pictures coming soon)

Come see them in the Garden!

Best in Show:


by Clayton Theil

2nd Place:


by Christopher Fortin

3rd Place:

Ottoman with Pillow

by Wilma Wyss

Judge's Choice Selections (Honorable Mention)

Process F

by Anita Sulimanovic

Moonlight Meditation

by Ted Bayer

Field of Dreams

by Monica Waldman

Thank you to Christine Koppes, of the Bedford Gallery, and Billie Hopper, co-executive director of the Ruth Bancroft Garden for selecting our prize winners.

People's Choice voting going on now!

Visit the garden and vote for your favorite pieces.

Winning piece will be announced at the August 12th Sunset Social.

Pieces in this year's juries exhibition are by the following artists:

Solomon Bassoff

Ted Bayer

Vicki Behringer

Joe Bologna

Kenneth Bottomley

Rick Butler

Henriette Cons Ponte

Kathleen S. Farros

Eileen Fitz-Faulkner

Bill Florence

Christopher Fortin

Carol Hathaway

Roger Heitzman

Xuan Ho

Wes  Horn

Stan Huncilman

Lee Kendall

Peter Keresztury

Joanna Kidd

John King

Flavia Krasilchik

Karina Kudymova

Mike Laflin

Katie Swan Laich

Michael  Larson

Allen Lescure

Jefferson Mack

Jeanette  Morrow

David Muddgett

Rana Nassar

Jeff Owen

Eric Powell

Mark Rafter


Marsha Rafter

Ernest & Lois Rich

William Rose

Leslie Safarik

Eric Saint Georges

Christopher Sawyer

Kate Schaffner

Reeven Sensi-Rosen

Anita Sulimanovic

Roy Tatman

Clayton Thiel

Lidija Tkalcevic

Karen Van Galder

Monica  Waldman

Julia Wilson

Wilma Wyss

Emil Yanos

Additional participating artists:

Mary Bayer

Keary Halligan

Pablo Haz

Julie Langley

Lisa Lee

Ellen Sachtshale

Creole Sunset - Social

Creole Sunset Social

Saturday, August 12, 5-8pm 

Join us to close out Sculpture in the Garden at this fun evening event. We'll be channeling a little Southwest Louisiana! The Creole Belles with Andrew Carrière will keep us dancing with traditional Cajun and Creole dance music.

Music: Creole Belles with Andrew Carrière

Food truck: United Bites

Beer: CaliCraft

Wine: Parmeson Wine

Member Admission $20/General Admission $25
Food and drinks sold separately

Online registration has closed. Please join us and pay at the door.


Paths are not paved so sensible shoes are recommended. Parking for the event is available at Doctor's Park 2021-2121 Ygnacio Valley Rd., which is on the Southeast corner of the Ygnacio Valley Road and Bancroft Rd./Walnut Ave. intersection.

Directions and Parking info here.


Information for Artists

Participating Sculptors

Creole Sunset - Social

2016 Sculpture in the Garden

2015 Sculpture in the Garden

2014 Sculpture in the Garden

Mission Statement
The mission of the Ruth Bancroft Garden, Inc. is to preserve this exceptional example of garden design and to continue to develop its collection of water-conserving plants for the education and enjoyment of the public.
Sculpture Show Sponsors

The success of our Sculpture Show depends on our generous sponsors. Thank you!


Diablo Magazine

Renaissance Club Sport



Grant Funders

The Ruth Bancroft Garden would like to recognize the following grant funders:

The Quest Foundation for funding our Education Coordinator’s position

The Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation and The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our directional signs

The California Horticultural Society for funding towards our restoration projects

The Bonita Garden Clubfor funding restoration and education projects

The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy