About

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.

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.

Banner photo by John Ricca