Family Events 2014
Tuesday Mornings in the Summer

Come to the Ruth Bancroft Garden for a morning of free family activities on the first Tuesday of each month. These drop-in programs are available from 10am - 12pm. Activities are geared towards families with school-aged children, but younger siblings are also welcome to attend. Parents are encouraged to participate and facilitate in their children’s garden experience.

Tuesday, June 3

Plant Survivors: Cool Plant Adaptations for Hot, Dry Conditions
When you go for a hike in the heat of the summer what do you bring with you? Water, sunscreen, a hat, maybe some bug spray? Plants that thrive in arid (low-water) conditions have adapted, or changed, to suit their dry, sunny, and often hot environments. Come explore through hands-on activities how plants avoid getting sunburned, stay cool, collect and store any drops of precious water they find, and avoid being tasty lunch for other desert-dwelling creatures. Take a tour of the garden and round out your morning with a scavenger hunt and craft activity.

Tuesday, July 1

What Comes Down Must Go Up… Understanding the Water Cycle
Water is precious to all living things, and in arid or dry environments where water is scarce it is especially important. Learn about the journey water takes from the Earth to the sky and back down again. Plants that thrive in dry environments have efficient ways to find, store and use the little water available. Come do hands-on experiments in the garden.

Tuesday, August 5

The Birds and the Bees: How Desert Plants Reproduce
Plants that have adapted to arid conditions have many ingenious ways to propagate. Some plants produce showy, fragrant flowers that attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and bats. Once pollinated, their flowers turn into seed-bearing fruit that gets eaten by animals. But that’s not all… some desert plants become “mothers” and produce baby plants called “pups”. Others simply drop their leaves and the leaves can grow into whole new plants. Come take a tour of the Garden and learn about flowers, fruits and seeds. Take home a baby plant of your own.

Bluegrass Sunset Social - Friday, August 15

There's a reason this is one of our most well-attended events of the yearit's a ton of fun! Bring the whole family, and don’t forget your dancing shoes. The Alhambra Valley Band has been entertaining bluegrass fans since 1986 and has been performing at our Bluegrass Sunset Social since 2011.

Check out photos of last year's event

Friday, August 15, 5-8pm

Musical Guest: The Alhambra Valley Band

Menu by Willowstone Catering

  • Bourbon BBQ pork sliders with slaw
  • Kentucky grilled corn cobs
  • Veggie kabobs over parmesean polenta
  • Mud pie cupcakes

$15 admission

$25 at the door

food and drinks sold separately

Please remember to bring cash and wear comfortable shoes!

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.
Event and Media Sponsors

The success of our events depends on our generous media and event sponsors. Thank you!






Diablo Magazine



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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 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 Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our nursery renovation


The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy