Theme Tours


Lover’s Day Aloe Tours - Rain or Shine!
Aloes Are for Lovers – Bring Your Valentine to the Garden
Saturday, February 8, 10am-3pm

Docent-led tours at 11:30am and 1pm

Regular Admission Rates Apply


Aloe ferox (white flowered form)

Aloe ferox (white flowered form)

Aloe mutabilis

Aloe mutabilis

Aloe humilis x ferox

Aloe humilis x ferox


Explore the Garden's unparalleled aloe collection, including hybrids not found anywhere else in the world. These winter bloomers put on a stunning show with colorful, dramatic flower stalks. Two guided tours will highlight the most spectacular blooms and the plants’ history and native habitats. Self-guided tours of the featured aloes will be available all day.

Hot drinks and sweet treats will be served, and there will be a selection of dish gardens, aloe books, and other Valentine-appropriate gifts available. Handmade jewelry by Theresa Kao will be featured. Theresa is a local artist whose jewelry was popular at the 2013 Lover's Day.

Theresa Kao earrings

$10/adults, $7/students and seniors 65+, free for RBG Members and children under 12

Click here to purchase general admission tickets in advance


Members Only Tour at 10am
Ruth Bancroft Garden members can sign up for a special tour of the aloe collection with Curator Brian Kemble, a world-renowned aloe specialist. After the garden tour with Brian, members will be led through the recently renovated greenhouse by Assistant Curator Walker Young, an area not usually open to the public. The greenhouse holds many of the Garden's frost-sensitive aloes, as well as some of Brian's special hybrids.

$10/member, pre-registration required - space is limited

Members, please call the office for your tickets: (925) 944-9352


Fruit Tasting Tour

Saturday, October 18, 2014

stay tuned for more information...

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 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 Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding out nursery renovation

The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy