The Legacy of Ruth Bancroft:

“I never met a plant too big or too mean for me.”

View the Exhibit during open business hours.


Open for the first time to the public, join us for a special exhibit that will reveal the amazing story behind the renowned garden created by Ruth Bancroft nearly 50 years ago.  Explore Ruth’s fascinating private archives, up-close, and see her vision for her garden as it evolved since 1972.

This is an unique opportunity to see Ruth’s hand-drawn planting maps, a record of every plant she bought (and those that died), and a treasure trove of candid photos of Ruth in the Garden from her 60’s well into her 90’s. The exhibit will be in the Coit Visitor & Education Center and is free  to Members or with a paid Garden admission.*

In addition to the exhibit, you’ll have an opportunity to join Susan Van Dyne (exhibit curator & RBG docent) for an in-person Member Coffee or a special webinar, “Unveiling Ruth Bancroft’s Archives.”  RSVP is required (see below).



*Additional Info: Garden and exhibit admission is free for Members but regular Garden admission fees will apply for non-members. In order to maintain proper social distancing, capacity will be limited.  We’re following the health safety guidelines, provided by Contra Costa Health Services.