Workshops, Webinars, Classes & More!

Education for both Children and Adults


As a part of our mission, the Ruth Bancroft Garden and Nursery aims to educate the public about the importance and beauty of water conservation and waterwise gardening. Check out our upcoming events:


Events Calendar

Adult Education

Webinars, In-Person Classes & Series

We host webinars, classes, and workshops with outside lecturers that our Education Department specially curates. Here are just a few of our educational offerings


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Children's Education

Workshops & Story Times

We offer a variety of educational opportunities for Children here at the Garden:

  • Workshop Wednesdays – an interactive craftivity on the plaza for all ages
  • Story Time Thursdays – stories, sing-a-longs, and crafts in the Garden
  • Children’s Bingo – a special scavenger hunt in the Garden just for your little ones
  • Little Free Library – bring a book; take a book


Free | Children 4 and under

$5 | Children aged 5-17


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Educational Series

Dry Garden Botany Series


Join us for a series designed for the plant enthusiast interested in taking a deep dive into the Garden’s unique plant collection.

The series will start out with a lecture on basic botanical terminology and an orientation to the garden layout before focusing on 16 prominent plant families/groupings at the Ruth Bancroft Garden, such as agaves, aloe and yuccas.


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Dry Garden Design Certificate Program


This program guides homeowners and experienced designers on an exploration of landscape design through the lens of dry gardening — the utilization of a climate-appropriate plant palette.

In this virtual-based program, students will build a strong foundation of knowledge about horticultural practices, basic design principles, and plant selection in dry garden landscapes.  With each class, students will acquire skills to empower them to design, care for and maintain dry gardens as they explore topics ranging from fundamentals of botany and ecology, site selection, and a focus on various plant groups appropriate for dry garden landscapes.


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Educational Events


Logo with butterfly, bee and hummingbird with text Pollinator and Friends

Pollinator & Friends Day

Join us for an annual celebration of pollinator and friends and what we can do to protect them and their habitat. This drop-in event features other educational organizations, unique vendors and various stations throughout the Plaza and Visitor Center.


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