Are you interested in creating a beautiful and drought tolerant garden but don’t know where to start? Join us for Water-wise Wednesdays to kick start your quest to sustainability.

This FREE workshop will be held the 2nd Wednesday of every month and features something for everyone: beginner and expert gardeners, children and families, and those who want to master the art of water-wise living. RBG experts and partnering agencies will offer tips on implementing ecologically friendly, drought resistant gardening practices in your own life. Discover how little changes will have a big impact on your life and the environment during this fun and hands-on workshop!

Free Garden admission day of the event

Children’s Activities at 10 am

Water-wise focused, docent-led tours at 11 am and 2 pm

Hands-on demonstration at 1 pm


Wednesday, April 12:

Expert Advice for Drought Tolerant Gardens

Learn the best practices and “how to’s” of converting a traditional lawn to a vibrant drought tolerant garden

- Troy McGregor of Gondwona Flora

- Chris Dundon of Contra Costa Water District

- East Bay Municipal District


Wednesday, May 10:

Making and Using Compost 

In conjunction with International Compost Awareness Week, come learn how to make and use compost--the secret ingredient for improving your soil and invigorating your plants. 

- RecycleSmart

- UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County


Wednesday, June 14:

Birds, Bats and Other Pollinators

Welcome birds, bats and other important pollinators into your garden. Find out how to choose plants that will provide food and habitats for wildlife. 

- Native Bird Connections

- Mt. Diablo Audubon Society

- Wild Birds Unlimited

- UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County


Wednesday, July 12:

Insect Friends and Foes

Learn about organic methods of pest control including how to cultivate beneficial insects and identify garden pests. 

- Our Water, Our World 

- UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County

- The Gardens at Heather Farms


Wednesday, August 9:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Water in the Garden

Learn how to set up water conserving drip irrigation systems, harvest rainwater or set up a grey water recycling system in your garden. 

- Greywater Action

- UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County


Wednesday, September 13:

Natives in Your Drought Tolerant Garden

Fall is the perfect time for planting natives! Learn from experts about designing and choosing plants for your water-wise garden. 

- UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County


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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.


The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy