21st Annual Sculpture in the Garden

For one month every year, The Ruth Bancroft Garden transforms into an outdoor art gallery. The Garden's world-class collection of succulent and drought-tolerant plants provides a spectacular backdrop for artists to display their works. Follow the meandering pathways to discover art that ranges from classical to irreverent, spiritual to functional.
Images from 2014 Sculpture in the Garden.

Thank you to the 2015 Sculpture in the Garden jurors and judges:

Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions and Programs, Bedford Gallery

Gwenda Joyce, Artist Coach and Agent, former gallery owner in Chicago

Debra Lehane, Curator, The Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation

Clay Jensen, Assistant Professor of Sculpture and of Fine Arts, California College of the Arts

Milton Scheuler,

2015 Awards Winners

Best in Show

Eclipse - David Mudgett

2nd Prize

Pillow and Ottoman

Wilma Wyss

photo by Joseph Taecker-Wyss

3rd Prize

Reeds - Jeff Owen


Honorable mention:

Autumnal Equinox 2014 -

Jefferson Mack

Flock of Birds -

Miri Malmquist


In the Geriatric Garden the Spade Mushrooms Happily Sprout and Await the Elderly Gardener -

Phil Lange


People's Choice:


Magnolia Gate -

Ernest and Lois Rich


Bird of Paradise Gate -

Ernest and Lois Rich


2-Faced Cat -

Leslie Safarik

People's Choice pictures by Cindi Stephan - Two Irises Photography
2015 Participating Sculptors
Click here for a sneak peek at this year's sculptures.
2015 Art Walk Participants
2015 Sculpture in the Garden Events

Summer Extended Hours

Thursdays, June 4 - August 27


The Garden will be open late on Thursdays during the summer. Stop by the garden after work, after the temperatures have dropped, with the sinking sun casting a magical glow on the plants and the sculptures (June 25, July 2, 9 and 16) alike.  Bring along something to eat and drink while enjoying the garden.

regular admission rates apply


Blues, Beer and BBQ Sunset Social Howell Devine

Friday, Aug. 12, 5-8pm 


Click here to register for 2016 event.



Participating Sculptors


2015 Call to Artists

2014 Sculpture in the Garden

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.
Sculpture Show Sponsors

The success of our Sculpture Show depends on our generous sponsors. Thank you!


Diablo Magazine

Renaissance Club Sport



Grant Funders

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 and The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our directional signs

The California Horticultural Society for funding towards our restoration projects

The Bonita Garden Clubfor funding restoration and education projects

The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy