In the Nursery

Purchasing Plants at The Ruth Bancroft Garden

The Ruth Bancroft Nursery is open to the general public Tuesday through Sunday from 10am until 4pm. Here you’ll find a large selection of succulents and drought tolerant plants from around the world.

Our dedicated garden volunteers propagate many of the plants for sale in The Ruth Bancroft Nursery.
All of our plants are competitively priced and grown slowly (outdoors) with custom blended soil mixes.


You may schedule an appointment to purchase plants and receive personalized dry-garden advice in the Nursery, by emailing our Nursery Manager.

Container Design

Whether you have a balcony or just a love of containers large or small, we can bring them to life with custom arrangements to suit your needs and tastes. Make an appointment and bring your own pot or photos to the appointment, our nursery staff will help you select plants that require similar light and care. Our Nursery staff can create a custom container garden for you! Labor charges start at $20 ,depending on the size of container, in addition to the cost of the plants.

Special Orders

Converting from lawn to garden and need a plethora of plants? Looking for a special plant that we don't currently have in stock? Fill out this form and our Nursery Manager will be in touch with you.

Care Sheets
Plant Warranty

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is a Non-Profit whose continued operation is in a large part dependent on its retail nursery.

We guarantee our plants to be healthy when they leave our care and true to name. We have no control over their success once they leave the nursery and therefore are unable to offer a refund should they not succeed.

We will gladly refund plants within three days provided they are in their original container and in the same condition as when they left our care.

We love our plants and want you to succeed with them in your garden. Please ask questions of our nursery staff to ensure success.

Garden Design Services

Garden Design

For lawn to garden conversions and garden design serices, in areas shown on map below, we recommend Troy McGregor of GondwanaFlora.  Contact Troy for service and pricing information.

Plant Donations to The Garden

Many people express interest in donating plants to the Ruth Bancroft Garden. These include plants that have grown too large for their space, may no longer be desirable for the owner, mature landscape plants that are being removed to make way for new plantings, or were owned by friends or loved ones. Plant donations to the garden are most appreciated but must be approved by staff prior to drop-offs. Many donations are repotted in our nursery and sold at our plant sales to raise money to support the garden, while a choice few plants will be accessioned into our collection, depending on the species and whether it is represented in our collection.

If you are interested in donating plants, we request that you email digital images of the plants along with any identifying information you may have to our Garden Curator, Brian Kemble. He will be happy to determine which plants are appropriate for donation.


To Plants in the Garden

Purchasing Plants

Custom Plant Order Form

Garden Design Services

Plant Warranty

Plant Sales

Care Sheets

Plant Donations


Our members get a discount on plant purchases! Become a member of the Garden or renew your membership.

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.  
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