Private Garden Rentals

Due to construction of the Visitor & Education Center, our facilities are not equipped to host large events at this time. Please contact our event coordinator for more information about renting the Garden for a smaller celebration such as a birthday party, bridal/baby shower, or corporate event.

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is a non-profit public dry garden featuring a unique display of succulents, cacti, and other drought-tolerant plants including California natives. The Garden is available for private rentals on selected Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings from June through early September.

General Information

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is a beautiful setting for many events, but has limited facilities including gravel pathways, few electrical outlets and no flush toilets with the exception of one in the office. Two Portalets and a sink are available during the event season. All events are outdoors and subject to varying weather conditions. Please be sure to visit the Garden before planning your event.

The Garden is available for non-commercial use by individuals, businesses, corporations and nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 status. Gatherings are held in several areas in the garden depending on the size and type of event. Only one special event is scheduled at any one time in The Ruth Bancroft Garden.

Evening Events

General Information

  • Evening rentals are available from June through early September.
  • Maximum capacity for a seated evening event (theater style) is 80.
  • Maximum capacity for a casual evening gathering is 80.
  • Parking availability is not guaranteed. Additional parking on Stratton Road and Banbury Road. Carpooling is encouraged, along with parking at Doctor's Park at the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Walnut Ave.


  • The garden is open to the public from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
  • Evening event set up may start no earlier than 2:00 p.m. with the event starting no earlier than 4:00 p.m. when the garden is closed to nonevent visitors.
  • Events must end at 9 p.m. as a courtesy to garden neighbors and to allow ample time to clean up of the garden. Sunset varies from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. depending the event date.

Reservations and Booking Procedure

Available Dates

Evenings - June to early September

Rental Rates

2018 Rate Schedule:

Saturday Evening: $1600 - $2000

Other Evenings: $1500 - $1800

Rate depends on size and type of event.

$300 fee to reserve the date, included in the rental fee, is due at time of booking
Remainder of fee is due 30 days before the event.

$500 refundable damage deposit is required. The damage deposit fee is required with final payment 30 days before event. The damage deposit will be refunded by mail following inspection after your event, verifying that trash was properly disposed of in trash bins and no damage incurred to grounds or property. You will be billed for any damages not covered by your deposit.

A $1,000,000 Certificate Liability Insurance Policy is required with final payment. This may be obtained from your own insurance broker or through the Garden’s broker.

Fee Includes:

  • Set up time from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Exclusive use of the garden from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on event day.
  • Custodian set up/tear down services for chairs and tables.
  • One-hour rehearsal time on a Tuesday – Thursday on a first come first served basis. Must be arranged in advance with the Event Coordinator
  • The event organizers and/or wedding party have use of the Garden office and restroom as a changing area.
  • Two Portalets and a hand washing station in good condition will be provided for event attendees.
  • Garden employee on site throughout the event.
Additional Items Available:
The Garden has five 9’ market umbrellas with rust covers available at $10 each and 6' tables for $5 each. Rental and delivery of all other items, chairs, tables, linens, etc., must be arranged through the Event Coordinator.


The Garden has a list of approved caterers. Use of other caterers must be approved by the Garden's Event Coordinator at least 1 month before the event.

Daytime Events

General Information

  • Small, 40 people or less, daytime events may also be arranged.
  • Events must start no earlier than 10 a.m. and finish no later than 3 p.m.
  • A private space in the garden will be reserved for the group but regular garden visitors will be present in other parts of the garden.
  • Suitable for Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Birthday parties, etc.
  • Email to inquire about fees and available dates.

General Information

Evening Events

Dates and Times

Rental Rates

Daytime Events

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

Event Sponsors


Diablo magazine

Renaissance Club Sport

The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy