Final Challenge Grant & Construction Update

Help us reach the finish line!

Excavators rumbling and bobcats booming- that’s the sound of progress on the Garden’s Visitor and Education Center! We have raised almost $400,000 towards the $1.15 million Matching Challenge Grant offered by the Coit and Simpson families to help complete the Visitor and Education Center project, bringing the total raised by March 1 to $3.8 million. The parking lot, admissions kiosk, and redesigned Nursery will re-open on May 18, 2018.

Thank you to our wonderful supporters! Construction is estimated to be completed by spring of 2019 – but only if we can raise the remaining $750,000.

If we can raise the remaining funds in pledges by August, we will be able to secure private bridge loans to complete the building by spring of 2019 and stay on budget.  Join the excitement by making a gift or multi-year pledge to ensure that construction stays on track and the Ruth Bancroft Garden continues to be a world-renowned attraction and example of how stunning a dry garden can be.

The building will feature historic exhibits of Ruth Bancroft. A children’s area will be off the veranda, for parents and children to enjoy and learn. The Center will provide a place for educational symposia and build the Garden’s reputation in the scientific and landscaping community. A larger presence in the community will help spread the word about sustainable low-water landscaping – something that will make a huge difference in the changing environment. Community members will be able to rent the facility for private events, such as weddings and corporate retreats, which will bring additional revenue and visitors to the Garden.

Help us reach our goal by making a contribution today!

Become a permanent part of the building with a donor tile

blue ceramic tile with inscription

These gorgeous, engraved donor tiles will be part of a welcome wall that will face the Nursery and greet approaching visitors. There are three sizes of tiles based on donation amount:

  • $500-$2,499 = 9″ x 3″ tile. Includes your name
  • $2,500-$9,999 = 9″ x 6″ tile. Includes your name
  • $10,000 and up = 9″ x 9″ tile. Includes your name and a special message

Once you have made your donation, you can submit your donor tile request.