Join us as we honor the life and legacy of Ruth Bancroft


Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

Open House: 11am - 4pm

Free, but please click here to RSVP.


Schedule of Events

Guest Speakers:

Garden Curator, Brian Kemble               11:30 am - 12 pm

Former Exec. Dir., Dick Turner              1 pm - 1:30 pm

Former Exec. Dir., Becky Harrington      2 pm - 2:30 pm

All day activities:

Raffle of special plants from Ruth's collection

Photo and artifact exhibit

Audio from a recorded interview with Ruth presented by the Oral History Center of the Bancroft Library

Children's Succulent Planting

Live musical performances

"Bold Dry Garden" book signing by Johanna Silver

Docent Tours:

11 - 11:30 am

12:30 - 1 pm

2 - 2:30 pm

Specialty items available for sale in the Nursery


Video Tribute to Ruth:


When Ruth Bancroft began planting her succulent garden in Walnut Creek back in 1972, it was a radical departure from other gardens in the area. This lack of precedent meant that she was pushing the envelope quite a bit to find out if various plants would work in the local climate zone. We were all inspired by her experimentation and her flair for composition, and those of us at the garden see it as our mission to keep on pushing the envelope a little further, letting Ruth’s spirit motivate us as we continue to try out new plants and guide the garden’s evolution. It’s up to us to keep Ruth’s dream alive!

-Brian Kemble, Garden Curator and long-time friend of Ruth


Articles and blog posts about Ruth's life and legacy:

Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library

SF Gate Article

East Bay Times

Walnut Creek Magazine


The Daily Californian

Gardening Gone Wild

Top right collage image by Brian Gin
The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy