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. Bring your lunch or dinner along and make it a picnic! Read below to learn about our hours, admission fees, directions to the garden, and parking.

Please Note: The Garden is handicapped accessible, but the pathways are not paved. 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 café tables.

Location & Phone

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

Days Closed

Every Monday
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day
New Year’s Day

Garden Hours

Tuesday – Thursday: 10AM to 4PM
Friday & Saturday: 10AM to 5PM
Sunday: 10AM – 4PM
(closed Mondays)
Please note: Last Garden admission entry is at 3:30 pm Tue, Wed, Thur, and Sun and 4:30 pm Fri and Sat.

Nursery Hours (same as Garden)

Tuesday – Thursday: 10AM to 4PM
Friday & Saturday: 10AM to 5PM
Sunday: 10AM – 4PM
(closed Mondays)

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

Map

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, which is re-opened as of May 19, 2018. Click here for a view of the main entrance on Google Maps.

Please note: A construction fence is up around the site of the new Visitor & Education Center at the front entrance, but we are still open and ready for your visit- come on in!

Overflow parking is also available on the 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.