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Do you have a passion for plants that you’d like to share with others? Would you like to deepen your knowledge of dry-adapted plants, water-wise gardening, and the cultural connections between people and plants? Then our Docent Program is where you belong! Join by contacting

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$100 for members

$150 for non-members

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Docent Training Schedule (Saturdays 9:00 am -12:00 pm unless otherwise noted)

November 18, 2017: Introduction to the Garden & Docent Training Program

*For this first class, we will meet from 9:00-11:00am at the Ygnacio Valley Library

2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

December 2, 2017:  Plant Families Cactaceae & Euphorbiaceae  

December 16, 2017: Plant Family Agavaceae

January 6, 2018: Plant Familiy Nolinaceae and Other Garden Favorites

January 20, 2018: Ruth Bancroft Garden Trees and Shrubs

February 3, 2018: Plant Family Asphodelaceae

February 24, 2018: Plant Families Bromeliaceae & Aizoaceae

March 10, 2018: Plant Family Crassulaceae and Introduction to Cycads

March 24, 2018: California Native Plants, Australian Plants, and Proteaceae

April 7, 2018: Graduation Tours *10am start

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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.

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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 for funding our directional signs

The California Horticultural Society for funding towards our restoration projects

The Bonita Garden Club for funding restoration and education projects


The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our nursery renovation


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