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Plan Your Visit

Whether you’re looking for a breath of fresh air, inspiration, or a fun day with loved ones, the Garden is the perfect getaway. Each season offers something new among the largest collection of succulents from around the world. Get lost in awe at the beauty of Ruth’s work, and walk away feeling refreshed and renewed.  Read below to learn about our hours, admission fees, directions to the garden, and parking. *Please note, no coolers are allowed in the Garden during open hours. 


 

Location & Phone

1552 Bancroft Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Main Office: (925) 944-9352

Days Closed

Every Monday
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Year’s Day

Garden and Nursery Hours

Tuesday – Sunday: 9AM-4PM

Please note: Last Garden admission entry is at 3:15


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 our Tours page). There is no admission charge to visit our nursery.

Adults $10
Seniors (65+) $8
Students/Active Military (with valid ID) $8
Ruth Bancroft Garden Members Free
Children* (under 12) Free
Garden Conservancy Members Free
AHS Reciprocal Admissions Free

*Arranged group tours are $7 per child

Tours

With paid admission (or free entry for Members), the Garden offers a self-guided experience with a “What’s in Bloom” handout and tour booklet.

Map


Self Guided Tour

You can pick up a self-guided tour booklet in the Garden or access it here digitally! Our map, captions and photos will help lead you through the Garden at your own pace!

Check out our Plant Collection section to find out what’s blooming each month and to learn more details about all the unique and rare species that grow in Garden.


Members

Members of the Garden get free general admission all year long and receive discounts on classes, special events as well as 20% off all plant purchases everyday in our Nursery.  A Membership to RBG pays for itself in no time!  All members will be asked to present a their membership card and a picture ID when checking in at the admisison kiosk.


Accessibility

The Garden is handicapped accessible, but the pathways are not paved. Wheelchairs with durable tires are available for our visitors use on a first-come first-served basis. There is handicapped accessible parking and restrooms.  We also have assisted hearing devices that visitors may use during docent tours if needed. Inquire at the kiosk upon arrival. We also have handicapped accessible restrooms.

Please call the office at (925) 944-9352 if you have concerns. There is seating scattered throughout the Garden including wooden benches and chairs and several sets of bistro tables.


Children

We have a special Children’s tour book, Garden bingo, and other suggested activities for younger visitors.  Be sure and ask at the admissions booth when you check-in.


What’s in Bloom?

Because we have plants from different hemispheres, the Garden is always in bloom.  Check out our What’s In Bloom print or video editions that are updated monthly to help you plan your visit.


Plant of the Month

Echeveria

Origin: Semi-desert areas of Central America, Mexico,
and northwestern South America

Family: Crassulaceae
Defining Characteristics: Rosettes of fleshy leaves, often brightly colored, give rise to flower stalks that produce seed yearly. Many species produce offsets,
a characteristic that explains the genus’s popular common name of “hen and chicks.”

Care: Care of Echeveria varies depending on type. Some can withstand drier, hotter, and colder conditions than others. But one thing is fairly consistent: water these plants infrequently and provide sharp drainage, whether planted in the ground or in a container.


Photography

For information about photography in the Garden, click here.


Dogs

Well behaved dogs on-leash are always welcome to visit the Garden with you.


Parking

Due to limited parking space, we cannot accommodate vehicles that require more than 1 parking space. No parking over 4 hours and no parking unless you are visiting the Garden and/or nursery.


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.

Parking

Parking is available at the main entrance.  Make a right hand turn into the entrance driveway from Bancroft Rd. Click here for a view of the main entrance on Google Maps.

Parking is also available on the local side streets, Stratton Rd. and Banbury Rd. Please be respectful of our neighbors.

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.