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Plant Collection

The Ruth Bancroft Garden houses a unique and diverse collection of cacti, succulents and drought tolerant plants from around the world.  The many large mature specimens located throughout the 3.5 acre garden serve as an excellent serves as an example of just how stunning a dry garden can be.  We invite you to come spend the day wandering through the meandering paths and exploring the thousands of different plants species we have growing.  There is always something in bloom.

We have several resources to help you learn more about our plant collection.

What’s In Bloom – is a flyer we update each month to highlight the plants that are currently blooming.  You may download a copy here in advance of your visit or pick one up at the kiosk when you arrive. To view or download a copy Click here

Plant Highlights – provides photos and detailed horticultural information about many of the different plant species in the Garden.  It is the work of our long time curator, Brian Kemble, and provides many of his personal insights about how specific plants, non-native to this area, perform and adapt to our local climate.  Click here.

The Curator’s Column – contains the research, activites and musings of our curator Brian Kemble.  Click here.

You might also want to check out Brian’s tumblr site for interesting garden updates from the RBG curator’s perspectives.

Banner photo by Zella Urmson Photography