We are OPEN during construction. Pull in to the second driveway on Bancroft Rd. Click for more info.
Garden & Nursery hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm
Now hiring! Click here for more info on the open Nursery Manager position.

in loving memory

Click here to RSVP for Ruth's Celebration of life.

We have a high number of RSVPs for this event- please carpool, walk, bike, or take public transportation if possible. Only a limited number of handicap parking spots will be available on-site.

General public can park on the side streets (Banbury Rd. and Stratton Rd. - please be courteous of our neighbors) and Doctor's Park at the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Walnut Ave. A free shuttle service will be provided at Doctor's Park.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in honor of Mrs. Bancroft be directed to benefit the mission of The Ruth Bancroft Garden, Inc. at 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek, 94598 or click below:

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 You can also donate by texting ALOE to 41444.


RBG Exclusive Experiences

Forage for mushrooms, sample tequila, or laugh the night away in a private sculpture garden. Try something new and support the Garden by signing up for an Exclusive Experience today!


Docent Training


docent graduates

Enrich visitor experience- join our dynamic team of Docents and Garden Hosts. Starts Nov. 18th.

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The Bold Dry Garden

Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

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Visitor and Education Center Project

Phase I of construction is underway! Thank you to everyone who attended our Groundbreaking Celebration and for all of your continued support. Join the excitement as we build for a better future:

Text BUILDIT to 91999 to donate today.

January 2018 Update!

Rendering of new Visitor and Education Center from the east side of parking lot by Robert Becker with IDF Global.

South Africa has quite a few single-headed species of Aloe which develop a trunk and make dramatic focal points in the garden. One of these is Aloe africana, native to the Eastern Cape Province in the area around Port Elizabeth.

Although branching specimens are not unheard-of, Aloe africana is normally a single-stemmed plant, reaching a height of up to 13 ft. (4 m). The grayish-green leaves are 2 feet or so in length (up to 65 cm), spreading outward and then curving downward toward the tapered tips. In shady positions the leaves are greener, and under dry conditions they can take on a purplish or pinkish tinge. Below the rosette of leaves, the trunk is covered by the dried older leaves.


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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.

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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 Club for funding restoration and education projects


The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our nursery renovation


The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy