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Luscious Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes by Katrina Rozelle

Katrina Rozelle standing next to a large wedding cake she designedThe perfect treat to enjoy this fall. Voted Best of the East Bay 2016 by Diablo Magazine, Katrina Rozelle offers incredible pastries and desserts! The Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes are so moist and flavorful, you'd never guess that they are gluten-free! Topped with rich cream cheese frosting, they are simply delicious.

Thank you Karen Ferriere!

Living Wall Art Piece

Hanging art piece with live succulentsThis beautiful mixed media art piece consists of photographs on metal, and succulents in a spectacularly designed frame. It can be all yours to display on a wall or sit on a table. This piece is a collaboration between designer Diane Goldsmith and Bay Area photographer, Lucy Beck, and Custom wooden frame by Latticestix of San Francisco, and mixes succulent plants with photographs of succulents for an interesting interplay between dimensions.
The piece is 45" x 24" x 1.5"

Thank you Diane Goldsmith, Lucy Beck and Latticestix of San Francisco!


Sip, Spa, and Stay: Napa Valley GetawayColonial Mansion at Silverado Country Club and Resort

A dream stay at Silverado Country Club and Resort, one of the signature golf and spa resorts in the world.Bid on this three day, two night stay in a private one-bedroom suite.  Includes guided tour and wine-tasting of five premium wines at Castello di Amorosa “Castle in the Sky” in Calistoga, and a day at the Spa at Silverado. Dates of stay to be mutually agreed upon between Donor and Winning Bidder.

A woman getting a massage outdoors at Silverado Resort and Spa

Certificate good Sundays through Thursdays, October 2017 through September 30, 2018.  

Some restrictions apply.

Thank you Marilyn and Rely Pio Roda!


Behind the Scenes at COI Restaurant in San Francisco

Food from Coi Restaurant in San FranciscoCoi has held two Michelin stars for many years and continues to amaze even the trendiest diners. Winning bidders will spend two hours in Coi’s kitchen with Chef Matt Kirkley and team, observing how a fine dining restaurant prepares its world famous dishes. Then enjoy dinner for two at an early seating. The meal is at least nine small courses, such as Mussel Cannoli, Coromandel Oyster, Loup de Mer, Stuffed Shells, Turbot, Black Bass and fabulous desserts.

Thank you Coi Restaurant, John Ricca and Chris Codding!  


Heavenly Week at Casa Perla in Puerto Vallarta

Bird's eye view of beach at Garza Blanca District, Puerto Vallarta

Situated just south of the center of Puerto Vallarta is the Garza Blanca District, which became the hideaway for Hollywood stars in the 1960s. Bid on the chance to “star” there too, at Casa Perla, where just across the road is beachfront and the new 5 Star Garza Blanca Hotel.

Casa Perla, a classic Mexican villa, is one of seven lovely homes on the top of the hill with exquisite views of the coast line and Bay.  Enjoy stunning sunsets and amazing views.


The two story villa sleeps 6, and includes three bedrooms each with private bath. Casa Perla also boasts a gallery of Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera prints, and many other fine examples of Mexican artwork, including Quichol Indian bead and other Indian sculpture.Unwind and enjoy the food, people and culture of Mexico!

Thank you Kathleen Blackman and Richard Watson!


“Name Your Stay!” week at Timeshare Condo

Bird's eye view of Australian BeachEnjoy this vacation at an Interval World Resort anywhere in the world. This includes a one week stay at a resort of your choice based on availability for two during 2018. Book your visit early for one week in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, South or Central America or even the US.

Thank you Gerriann Smith!


A Feast for the Senses: Gourmet Dinner for 8Friends gathered at a table eating dinner

Treat your friends to a delicious, organic dinner lovingly created by chefs Péllo and Mary Walker and served in your home. The chefs will work with you to create a menu bound to please the palate. Expires September 2018; all holidays excluded and must be held on a mutually agreed upon date. Wine and beverages not included. Thank you Péllo & Mary Walker!

Exclusive Look at our Premier Silent Auction Items:
Be Part of our RBG Time Capsule

Here’s your chance to pick what you would like to send into the future in a Garden Time Capsule to be buried in the new plaza landscaping in spring 2018. The 5 highest bidders can place 2 pieces of special memorabilia and a photo in the Capsule for posterity to discover!


Palm Sheath (4 different versions up for bid)

Harvested from the Garden and artfully “planted” with succulents. Use as a hanging or table decoration. These beauties, which will last for months, are created by member artist Lassie Colebourn. 

RBG Dish Garden Necklace
This beautiful necklace is hand-beaded by Kathy Bancroft-Hidalgo (Ruth's daughter). The beads are made of glass, and the necklace was featured in the film, Scales, Mermaids are Real. This beautiful necklace is the perfect gift for the Mermaid lover in your life.

Mykonos Beach Resort Condo

One week’s stay at Mykonos Beach Resort condo– San Jose del Cabo, S. Baja CA, MX: Ground Floor to Pool/Beach 1 BR, 1 BR, usage of the elderly SUV, golf clubs, rackets & tennis court, spa. Resort is 6 miles of Costa Azul Beach – major surf beach and swimming – walk to restaurants.

Isabella Lam Collar
Hand-beaded by award winning bead artist, Kathy Bancroft Hildalgo (Ruth's daughter).

Special Thanks to our Sponsors and Donors

for their generous contributions!

The Gardens at Alcatraz • Amphora Lafayette, Nate Bradley • Berkeley Repertory • Blackhawk Country Club • Calicraft Brewing Company • Captain Vineyard of Moraga • Coi Restaurant San Francisco • Conservatory of Flowers • Rachel Dunn Chocolates • Latticestix of San Francisco • Oliver Ranch Foundation and Steve Oliver • Rossmoor Golf Course and Mark Heptig,Director • Save Mt Diablo • Sorensen’s Resort, Hope Valley CA • Zella Urmson Photography


Melissa Allen and Elisabeth Andreason • Kathleen Blackman and Richard Watson • Gretchen Bartzen and Mike Rippey • Lucy Beck • John and Patty Brissenden • Jim Cartan • Sal and Susan Captain • Chris Codding and John Ricca • Donna and Ken Coit • Lassie Colebourn • Judith Coleman-Cohen • Nina Dickerson • Karen Ferriere • Jane Freeman • Shelagh Fritz • Gail Giffen and Chris Pisarra • Diane Goldsmith • Dick Hansen • Kristin Yanker Hansen • Kathy Hildago • Dennis Kaump • Ken Litchfield • Billie Hopper and David Mitchell • Marilyn and Lu Hughes • Bob Kattenburg • Beverly Kraut • Linnea Lion • Ken Litchfield • Stephen Lysaght and Gary Anderson • Carol and John Maerzke • John Nassar • Wendy and Rob Owen • Geraldine Pember • Marilyn & Rely Pio Roda • Julie and Bernie Rose • Jane and Bud Rotermund • Susan and Earl Ruby • Ellen Sachtschale • Milton Schueler • Dennis and Barbara Snyder • Ashlee Urmson • Shelagh Fritz • Mary and Pello Walker • Monique Young


Mission Statement

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.
Event and Media Sponsors

The success of our events depends on our generous media and event sponsors. Thank you!

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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 Clubfor funding restoration and education projects


The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our nursery renovation


The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy