Our Mission

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.

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is a foremost example of the art of garden design with drought-tolerant plants, and it is known as one of the finest dry gardens in the world. The Garden displays an expansive collection of plants from the world’s desert and Mediterranean climates, collected by Ruth Bancroft for over 60 years. Every season offers something new in the Garden and visitors will find themselves in awe at the boldness and beauty of Ruth’s work. Click here to learn more about Ruth Bancroft and The Garden’s origins.


Donate Today

We are a local non-profit and we rely on the support of our patrons and donors to sustain ourselves. We are not subsidized by the government. All of our events and programs are fundraising opportunities and the revenue is funneled right back into the Garden. No donation is too small.

A candid interview with Ruth Bancroft:

In 1991 & 1992, Ruth Bancroft was interviewed by Suzanne Riess with the Oral History Center of the Bancroft Library in Berkeley, CA. This valuable oral history offers insight into Ruth’s life, her determination, achievements, and lessons learned while creating The Ruth Bancroft Garden.

Click here for the interview transcript.

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2020-2021

RBG Annual Report 2019

RBG Annual Report 2018


Banner photo by John Ricca