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Which entrance should I use?

The Ruth Bancroft Garden Office is located at 1552 Bancroft Road. This entrance is open for visitors Tuesday through Sunday. Please check in to receive your visitor sticker, pay admission, buy plants, or register for events. Please follow parking signs and parking attendants if coming for a special event. Get more information on parking on our Visit page.

How big is the Garden and how long does a visit take?

The planted area of the Garden is 3.5 acres. Most visits average 1 – 1.5 hours, but it varies depending on your interest. Self-guided tours are taken by following brass signs and reading the corresponding numbers in the self-guided tour booklet.

Are plants for sale year-round?

Yes. Plants are available for purchase during open hours on Tuesday-Sunday.  Learn more about purchasing plants on our Nursery page.

About Ruth Bancroft Garden

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.

Individual Membership

$50 per month

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NEW Individual Plus Membership

$100 per year

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Dual/ Family Membership

$80 per year

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Sarah N.

Marketing Director

Sarah is a Bay Area native who is passionate about design and plants. Her journey to the garden was a winding one; Graduating with a BA in Psychology and English at UC Davis, becoming a Nanny, a Behavioral Therapist, and then a Preschool Teacher before finally deciding to go back to school and make a large career pivot. She jumped into her new role in Marketing as she earned her MA in Graphic Design and Digital Media at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Sarah runs PseudoSarahLetters selling modern embroidery art and when she’s not designing at the Garden, you can find her stitching, going for long walks while listening to true crime podcasts, and spending time with loved ones.

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Custom Full Design

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FEATURED EVENTS

(Webinar) Planning Your Medicinal Herb and Pollinator Garden

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Meditative Sound Bath in the Garden

Thursday, October 13, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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(Workshop) Caudiciform Plants

Saturday, October 15, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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(Workshop) Succulent Propagation for Beginners

Friday, October 21, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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The Bold Dry Garden

Lessons from The Ruth Bancroft Garden

The Bold Dry Garden offers unparalleled access to the garden and the extraordinary woman responsible for it. In its stunningly photographed pages, you’ll discover the history of the garden and the design principles and plant palette that make it unique.

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What's In Bloom - May 2024

What’s In Bloom

May 2024

Preview the plants blooming in the Garden right now. Discover which ones are available in the Nursery. Print this guide at home or pick one up at the Garden when you visit.

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Latest Plant Highlight: Yucca linearifolia

Yucca species typically have long sword-like leaves, but in some species the leaves are so narrow as to look needle-like. An example is Yucca linearifolia.