The Garden is handicapped accessible, but the pathways are not paved.

Please call the Office if you have concerns.

There is seating scattered throughout the Garden including wooden benches and chairs and several sets of café tables.


The Garden is open for visitors Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Below is a list of days that either the Office or the Garden will be closed.

See our event calendar for more information about closures.

September 12, 2017 (Office and Garden closed for Nursery relocation, more info on this soon.)

July 4, 2017 (Office & Garden closed for Independence Day)

November 23, 2017 (Office & Garden closed for Thanksgiving Day)


December 25, 2017(Office & Garden closed for Christmas Day)

January 1, 2018 (Office & Garden closed for New Year's Day)

Admission Fees

Admission revenue helps to preserve the Garden for the public to enjoy. Your admission fee includes a self-guided tour booklet or a guided Docent tour (see Tours section below).



Seniors (65+):   $8
Students (with valid ID):     $8

Ruth Bancroft Garden Members:     

     Become a member


Children* (under 12):     

     *Arranged group tours are $5 per child

Garden Conservancy Members: Free
AHS Reciprocal Admissions Program Members Free

Special events are priced differently. Events are noted on our calendar.

Visiting The Garden

The Ruth Bancroft Garden Office is located at 1552 Bancroft Road in Walnut Creek, CA. Please use this entrance when visiting during regular operating hours.


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Driving Directions

From San Francisco or Oakland

Drive East on Highway 24, and continue onto 680 North.

Exit Treat Blvd. and turn right. Go approximately one mile, then turn right on Bancroft Road.

Make a U-turn at Stratton Road. The Ruth Bancroft Garden will be on your right.

From Sacramento

Drive West on Interstate 80 and exit onto 680 South.

Exit at Treat Blvd. and turn left from the offramp onto North Main Street. Make the next left onto Treat Blvd.

Go approximately one mile, then turn right on Bancroft Road.

Make a U-turn at Stratton Road. The Ruth Bancroft Garden will be on your right.

From San Jose

Drive North on 680.

Exit Treat Blvd. and turn right. Go approximately one mile, then turn right on Bancroft Road.

Make a U-turn at Stratton Road. The Ruth Bancroft Garden will be on your right.


Due to construction of the Visitor & Education Center, the main entrance and parking lot will be closed to the public as of Tuesday, Sep. 19th, 2017. The new, temporary entrance will be located up the second driveway off of Bancroft Road. Click here to see a google map of this entrance.

You may also park along the side streets, Stratton Rd. and Banbury Rd. Please be respectful of our neighbors!

Thank you for your patience as we build for a better future! Join the excitement- support the new Visitor & Education Center today!

Special Event Parking:

Parking is limited; carpool or consider public transportation when possible. The Garden is located 1.5 miles from the Pleasant Hill BART Station and only three blocks from The Contra Costa Canal Trail, which can be accessed from the BART Station. The County Connection Bus also stops near the Garden during weekday commute hours.

You may also park at Doctor's Park which is located on the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Walnut Ave. The address for Doctor's Park is 2121 Ygnacio Valley Rd.


Self-Guided Tours
Self-guided tour books are available whenever the Garden is open. Check in with staff for a self-guided tour book and a brief orientation.

Guided Tours

Docent-Led Tours cover the history of the Garden and the wonderful plant collection

April - October

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays: 11 am - 12:30 pm

November - March

Saturdays and Sundays: 11 am - 12:30 pm

We do not take reservations for pre-scheduled walk-in tours. Groups of ten or more should schedule a Group Tour (see information below).

Group Tours

Docent-led group tours for groups of 10 or more must be scheduled at least 6 weeks prior to your visit. To schedule a group tour, fill out the form below or download our Group Tour Reservation Form and mail it to the office or email it to our tour coordinator. We will contact you shortly after receiving your reservation form.



Children's Tours

The Garden offers a two-hour field trip program that meets the California curriculum standards for the third grade but can be adapted for students of all ages. Learn more here. Schedule a Children's Tour by contacting our Tour Coordinator.

Special Visits

Horticultural Classes

Professors are welcome to schedule class visits to RBG. A docent or our Garden Curator can be on hand to assist with plant identifications. Call ahead to make an appointment and discuss the best options for your horticultural students.

Painting/Artist Visits

Call ahead to make an appointment. Office staff can help you plan your visit to avoid group tours, special events, children’s tours, major garden renovation work, loud machinery, etc.  The regular admission fee applies.


You are welcome to take photos in the Garden. Photographers and their subjects must pay admission to use the Garden. Please refer to our Photos tab for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where should I park?

How long does a tour take?

What sorts of plants do you have for sale?

The answers to these questions and more can be found on our FAQ page!

Local Attractions
For a partial list of nearby restaurants, attractions, and outdoor spaces, visit our Local Attractions page!

Operating Days / Hours

Admission Fees

Directions and Entrance



Special Visits

Frequently Asked Questions

Local Attractions

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 Club for funding restoration and education projects


The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our nursery renovation



Become a member of the Garden or renew your membership.

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