Thank you for your interest in the Docent Training program at the Ruth Bancroft Garden!

Our Docents play a vital role in shaping our visitor experience by leading tours for children and adults, and serving as informal Garden Hosts—orienting and welcoming visitors to the Garden.

a group of people stand in the paths at the ruth bancroft garden, taking notes during an enrichment training. overcast skies and succulents and drought tolerant plants

Docent Training consists of 10 Saturday morning classes where you will learn the history of the Garden, gain interpretive skills, learn basic botany, develop dry-gardening skills, and build a solid knowledge base of the many species of drought-tolerant plants in RBG’s collection. Plant identification walks are conducted in the Garden (rain or shine!)

Upon completion of the Docent Training Program, docents are expected to commit to at least one 2-hour shift per month. The schedule is flexible and tours are available Tuesday-Sunday. Docent benefits include a 20% discount at the Nursery (after volunteering 20 hours) and ongoing Docent Enrichment opportunities.  For a more information about the program click here.

Docent Training Schedule:

Saturdays 9:00-12:00 unless otherwise noted

  • November 23, 2019
  • December 7, 2019
  • December 14, 2019
  • January 11, 2020
  • January 25, 2020
  • February 8, 2020
  • February 22, 2020
  • March 7, 2020
  • March 21, 2020
  • April 4, 2020

Docent training slots for 2019-2020 are FULL.  If you would like to be put on the list for the fall 2020 program, please contact susan@ruthbancroftgarden.org