Support The Garden

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, EIN 68-0310041.
Help the Garden Grow with the Golden Barrel Annual Fund

Why give to the Golden Barrel Annual Fund?

The Golden Barrel Fund helps pay for almost 20 percent of normal annual operating costs. (See 2016 Annual Report for income and expense breakdown).

All gift sizes are welcome. We hope you might consider a monthly gift to the Garden of $10 or more. It is easy to set up and adjust, and saves paper, postage and time! Make your contribution today to further the Garden down a path of successful sustainability!

We are grateful to the volunteers, members, friends and local institutions who provide generous financial support throughout the year to help RBG continue to flourish. See our Honor Roll of Donors here.


Become a member and help us preserve this national treasure as a unique asset to Walnut Creek and the greater Bay Area.

All membership levels include the following benefits

  • Unlimited access for cardholder(s) during regular hours (accompanying children up to age 18 and caregivers are free)
  • Reciprocal admissions to participating AHS gardens throughout North America and the Cayman Islands.
  • 10% off plants and most merchandise items
  • 10% discount at select local nurseries (Annie's Annuals, East Bay Nursery, and The Dry Garden)
  • Special pricing on membership to the Pacific Horticulture Society and Pacific Horticulture magazine and a free subscription to Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.
  • Attendance at various Member's-only events and courses throughout the year

Download our membership form to mail in or buy your membership online by clicking on one of the "Membership" buttons below.

Individual Membership - $40

  • One member card
  • Two single-use guest passes ($20 value)

Family Membership - $70

  • Two member cards
  • Four single-use guest passes ($40 value)

Friends Membership - $100

  • Family Membership benefits, plus:
  • Event certificate for $30

Aloe Garden Sponsor - $250

  • Family Membership benefits, plus:
  • Event certificate for $150

Agave Garden Sponsor - $500

  • Family Membership benefits, plus:
  • Event certificate for $300
  • Private tour of the Garden for four with RBG staff

Ruth's Manzanita Sponsor - $1,000

  • Family Membership benefits, plus:
  • Event certificate for $300
  • Two tickets to the Annual Dinner ($300 value)
  • Private tour of the Garden for four with curator Brian Kemble

Individual Lifetime Membership - $1,000

  • One member card with no expiration
  • Two guest passes every year

Family Lifetime Membership - $1,800

  • Two member cards with no expiration
  • Four guest passes every year
In our Gift Shop

The Ruth Bancroft Garden carries a number of unique items.

Here’s a sample of merchandise we have available.

all prices are pre-tax

Dish Gardens

Dish Gardens are available in a range of sizes, from little ones that fit in the palm of your hand to large displays, perfect for those who have potted plants instead of a yard. You can also bring your own pot and have a custom dish garden created with your choice of plants! Click here for more information.

$10 and up

Ruth BancroftBuy a Ruth Bancroft Garden membership for a friend! Give the gift of free admission (and plant coupons!) and share your love of the Garden. Membership benefits and purchasing information can be found here.

starting at $40

Don't forget Gift Certificates, which can be purchased in any amount, never expire, and can be used for anything sold at the Garden: admission, membership, event tickets, plants, merchandise, and donations!

Buy a Gift Certificate now and we'll send it right out. Enter the amount of the gift certificate in the price per item field when you use the PayPal button below or call the office to purchase 925-944-9352.


The Ruth Bancroft Garden carries art and sculptures year-round - not just during our annual sculpture show! The selection rotates, but we always feature great pieces from local artists.


Renata Allen's Whimsical Sheep capture the hearts of everyone who sees them. Each colorful lamb has a unique expression that will make you smile. These little guys are popular, so pick one up before they're gone!

$50 and $95 each

Mudgett David Mudgett is known for his expertly welded, industrial yet organic sculptures of steel and stone. We have several of his pieces, including a tall, legged planter that will elevate your prized plant specimens and a selection of outdoor tables that will stand up to the time and weather. Stop by to see what catches your eye!

$500 - $3,400

John Ricca's stunning Garden photography is featured on greeting cards for sale in the office.  These cards are suitable for sending or framing. Larger images may be requested to frame. 

$3.50 each


Without the enthusiasm and dedication of volunteers, The Ruth Bancroft Garden would not be here today.  Volunteers are instrumental in maintaining the garden and supporting the organization.

Volunteering at the Garden is a wonderful way to enjoy this exceptional garden and contribute to its success.

To become a volunteer, follow these steps:

1.Click here to fill out the Volunteer Application form.  

2. Upon receiving the form, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to schedule an onsite garden interview.

3. Schedule a short orientation and then start volunteering!

If you have any questions, please email

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Volunteers at the Annual Sculpture Exhibit Work Party in the Nursery


The Ruth Bancroft Garden has a variety of interesting volunteer opportunities.

Garden work


  • Construction (landscaping, irrigation)
  • Gardening (weeding, planting)



Garden Greeter

(Tuesday through Fridays)

  • Greet visitors at admissions
  • Encourage visitors to become members
  • Orient visitors for self-guided tours
  • Process admissions and sales (training provided)

Event Assistance
(Events occur on evenings and weekends)

  • Organization & Planning
  • Cashier & Admissions
  • Plant & Membership Sales
  • Traffic Control

Office Assistance
(Tuesdays through Fridays)

  • Front desk (answer phones, filing)
  • Computer work (graphic design, data entry)
  • Outreach (design, distribution, research)
  • Marketing & Mailings

Docent/Tour Guide

(Weekdays and Weekends)

Become a Docent! Our annual training program will prepare you to lead tours in the garden.

Volunteer potting an Agave
Shade House during a sale
Thank you to our Sponsors
The Ruth Bancroft Garden extends our sincerest gratitude to the following 2016 sponsors:
Platinum Sponsors:
Gold Sponsors:
Silver Sponsors:
Bronze Sponsors:  
Additional Sponsors:
  Renaissance Club Sport

Golden Barrel Fund

Visitor and Education Center Campaign

Membership drawing winners


Planned Giving

Garden Gifts

Garden Maintenance Wish List



2016 Annual Report

2016 Honor Roll

2017 Visitor & Education Center Honor Roll

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.
Ruth Bancroft Garden Inc
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 Club for funding restoration and education projects


The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our nursery renovation

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