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. We offer a variety of classes, workshops, and events that encourage you to connect meaningfully with the beauty of this place. Come explore Ruth’s Garden today! Garden Members receive exclusive benefits, unlimited free visits to the Garden, and so much more.

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Every Little Bit Helps


Many of you have asked whether we have been affected by the relentless storms. Unfortunately, the answer is yes. We lost another tree last night; our fifth this season. Freezing temps have damaged and destroyed plants. Our team is hard at work cleaning up the damage, but we could really use your support to get us through.

Help sustain the garden with a one-time or recurring donation.


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Save the Date

Saturday, May 6th @ 5:00pm


Join us for our annual Gala – Journey Through the Garden – come explore Ruth’s rare plants and get to know more about the curated collection. This year we will be highlighting plants native to Latin America.


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Vote for RBG


Vote for the Ruth Bancroft Garden and Nursery in the following categories:


Home & Garden: Best Landscape Design, Best Plant Nursery

Weddings: Best Wedding Venue


We appreciate the support!

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“It was delightful! Incredible, unusual plants, and a nursery to buy your own!”

– Susan

Children’s Education


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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.

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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


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“LOVED this space! Amazing garden, very friendly staff, and am seriously considering an annual membership now I’ve experienced the serenity and beauty of the gardens.”

– Tong-Tong

 Designer in the Nursery


Every Wednesday in March 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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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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Landscape Design Services


Want a waterwise garden but not sure where to start? We offer landscape design services ranging from a little advice to a complete plan for a whole new garden! Transform your outdoor space with our expert landscape design services, featuring stunning drought-tolerant plants perfectly suited to our Mediterranean micro-climate. Fill out our Design Services inquiry form to get started!


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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- Cactaceae [Columnar & Opuntioid]

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


(Webinar) Essential Trees & Palms in Dry Gardens

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


(Webinar) Soft Succulents in Dry Gardens

Saturday, April 1, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Pollinator & Friends Day (free with paid Garden admission)

Saturday, April 8, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


(Workshop) Spring Watercolor in the Garden (3-part series)

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Children’s Programs

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

What's In Bloom - March 2023

What’s In Bloom

March 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: Acacia aphylla

While some Australian Acacia species have long been widely used horticulturally (and in some cases have naturalized in other parts of the world), others have stayed out of the limelight. One of the latter is Acacia aphylla.