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Local Non-Profit, East Bay Dry Garden and Plant Nursery

Nestled in the suburbs of Walnut Creek is an outdoor botanical garden and onsite retail nursery. We specialize in drought-tolerant and climate-adaptive plants that are well-suited to the microclimate in the East Bay. The plant collection includes agave, aloe, cacti, California native plants, echeveria, yucca and more! Visit us Tuesday through Sunday, 9AM to 4PM.

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Support the Garden you love with your Membership dues

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Invest in a legacy of climate-resiliency, education, and conservation

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Events

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A community-supported Garden

Voted “Best Tourist Attraction” by Diablo Magazine editors and readers in Best of the East Bay, 2022 & 2023

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The Garden’s mission is to preserve, promote, and enhance Ruth Bancroft’s world-class collection of water-conserving plants displayed in her exceptionally designed garden for the education, inspiration, and enjoyment of the public.

We are a world-renowned 3.5 acre botanical garden and retail Nursery housing a collection of climate-resilient 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.

30th Annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibit

 

Experience the “Sculpture in the Garden” exhibit at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA, now through August 11th. Explore stunning sculptures by renowned artists amidst our unique, drought-tolerant plants. As a nonprofit organization, the Ruth Bancroft Garden is dedicated to preserving Ruth’s exceptional dry garden. Your visit supports our mission, and this exhibit is a key fundraiser for us. Enjoy a day out in this local treasure in the Bay Area, where art and nature unite in a captivating display.

Plan your visit today and support a great cause!

Donate to our Golden Barrel Fund

Please consider making a gift, in any amount, to support the Garden you love!

Donate Today

 

Your gift helps us nurture the Garden’s astounding and varied collection of plants from all around the world, gathered here for your knowledge and enjoyment, and keeps the Garden open to the community year round.

Don’t miss out on this exciting experience!

Looking for a fun way to support the Garden? We have an experience that you can purchase and the proceeds are funneled right back into the organization! We are auctioning off spots for the following event:

 

An exclusive trip to San Diego with Curator’s Brian and Walker

 

Learn more and purchase your spot here.

What We Offer

The Garden

 

The Ruth Bancroft Garden houses a unique and diverse collection of cacti, succulents and drought-tolerant plants from around the world. The many large mature specimens located throughout the 3.5 acre garden serve as an excellent example of just how stunning a dry garden can be. We invite you to come spend the day wandering through the meandering paths and exploring the thousands of different plants species we have growing.  There is always something in bloom at the Garden!

The Garden does not have traditional botanical garden signs. This is due to Ruth’s original vision; she felt that signs would interfere with the artistic view of the Garden. We have a self-guided tour booklet available at the Kiosk to help you navigate the space and become more educated about the Garden’s plant collection.

We are a Member supported Garden – thank you to our many Members, Donors, and Visitors who take the time to enjoy the space! We’ll see you soon.

The Nursery

Voted Best Plant Nurseryby Diablo Magazine editors and readers, 2020, 2021 & 2022 and Runner Up in 2023

 

We sell succulents, cacti, and many other varieties of climate-resilient plants, ranging in size from 2” to 15-gallon. Our selection includes Agaves, Aloes, Sedums, Aeoniums, Echeverias, Cacti and many more that are suited to our dry-summer micro-climate. We also stock a wide range of other waterwise plants, including the largest selection of Proteaceae in Northern California. These include Protea, Leucospermum, Leucadendron, Grevillea, and Banksia.

Education

 

Unlock the wonders of the Garden with our diverse educational offerings at the Ruth Bancroft Garden and Nursery. We host webinars, classes, and workshops with lecturers that our Education Department specially curates. From dry garden landscaping webinars to climate-appropriate plants education, delve into a world of knowledge and exploration. Become a member and enjoy discounted tickets, as we strive to make learning accessible to all.

With our family and pet-friendly environment, spending the day at the garden is an enriching adventure for all ages. Let your little ones explore the wonders of our diverse plant collection while discovering the joy of outdoor exploration. Our children’s education programs at the Ruth Bancroft Garden fosters curiosity, learning, and unforgettable memories.

Private Rentals

Voted “Best Wedding Venue in the East Bay” by Diablo Magazine editors and readers, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, & 2024

 

Elevate your special event to extraordinary heights! The Garden offers a truly unique backdrop that adds a touch of enchantment to any occasion. With both indoor and outdoor spaces available, we provide the perfect fit for events of all types. Celebrate weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, corporate gatherings, and more. Our meticulously maintained gardens and picturesque surroundings create an atmosphere that is both elegant and tranquil, making every moment unforgettable. Our dedicated team will work closely with you to ensure that every detail is flawlessly executed, allowing you to relax and enjoy your special day.

Discover the magic of hosting your private event in our extraordinary garden.  Contact us today to inquire about availability and let us help you create cherished memories in this enchanting setting.

Landscape Design Services

Voted “Best Landscape Design Services” by Diablo Magazine editors and readers, 2023 & 2024

 

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

Have just a few plant questions? Drop in on the first Wednesday of the month from 9:30AM-12:30PM and chat with one of our Landscape Designers at Designer in the Nursery!

Membership

 

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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FEATURED EVENTS

(Workshop) Cyanotype Botanical Prints

Saturday, June 22, 2024 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

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Death Bloom Tour- Agaves

Saturday, July 20, 2024 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

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Private: (Workshop) Summer Nature Printing

Saturday, August 3, 2024 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

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(Webinar) Proteaceae & Pals

Saturday, August 19, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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What's In Bloom - June 2024

What’s In Bloom

June 2024

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: Tylecodon wallichii

The species of Tylecodon are heavily concentrated in the winter-rainfall region of western South Africa and southern Namibia, though a few have large distributions that extend outside this area. While some species are geophytes, dying back to an underground tuber during the dormant season, others have swollen basal caudexes or conspicuous succulent stems.