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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. 

 

In September of 2022, our admission fees will be increasing. Admission fees help support Ruth’s Garden as it continues to grow. Thank you so much for your support! See below for details.


 

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

In September of 2022, our Admission fees will be increasing. The new rates are listed below. Admission revenue helps to preserve the Garden for the public to enjoy. Your admission fee includes a self-guided tour booklet, What’s in Bloom sheet, and more. There is no admission charge to visit our Retail Nursery.

$12 | Adults (age 18-64)
$10 | Seniors (65+)/ Students/ Active Military (with valid ID)
$5 | Children (age 5-17)
Free | Children 4 and under
Free | Ruth Bancroft Garden Members
Free | Garden Conservancy Members
Free | AHS Reciprocal Admissions
Free | Museums for All (with EBT card)


Museums for All

Starting August 2022, we are partnering with Museums for all to grant FREE admission to anyone with an EBT card. Inquire at the kiosk! For more information about the Museums for All initiative, click here


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.

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.

Private Guided Tour

Groups of eight or less can schedule a private garden tour of the Garden.  Go here for more information and the link to submit a tour request form.

Field Trip & Children’s Tours

Contact education@ruthbancroftgarden.org for information.


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 admission kiosk.


Accessibility

The Garden is  accessible, but the pathways are not paved. Wheelchairs with durable tires are available for our visitors’ use on a first-come, first-served basis.  Parking and restrooms are ADA compliant/accessible. The building is equipped with an elevator. Service animals (and pets on leash) are always welcome. There is seating scattered throughout the Garden including wooden benches and chairs and several sets of bistro tables.

For the safety of people who are blind, or partially blind, we recommend the accompaniment of a sighted individual, as paths are not clearly edged, we have many spiky plants.

Caretakers accompanying visitors with disabilities receive complimentary admission.

For our online webinars, we utilize the Zoom based captioning feature.

Please call the office at (925) 944-9352 if you have any questions regarding your visit.


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. We also offer Children’s Programs throughout the week!


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

Euphorbia

Origin: Euphorbia are found worldwide, from temperate to tropical zones. Euphorbia is one of the largest and most diverse genera of flowering plants, with succulent, cactus-like forms to herbaceous perennials, from annuals a few inches high to trees 24 feet tall.

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Defining Characteristics: For such a varied genus of plants, you might think there is no one defining character, but there are things all Euphorbia share: they all produce a caustic, poisonous milky sap (called latex), and they all have unisexual flowers produced on a head called a cyathium. Did you know that Poinsettias are Euphorbias?

Care: Succulent Euphorbia are generally not very cold-hardy, so try to plant them in a protected area if you live where temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Whether planting in the ground or in a container, make sure the soil is well-draining, and make sure the plant doesn’t get too much water from our winter rains. Euphorbia are mostly very drought tolerant, including herbaceous forms. Once established, water infrequently during the dry part of the year. You can apply a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer a few times during the spring and summer.


Photography

Phone photography is permitted in the Garden. Photo shoots must be coordinated with our Events Team. For information about pricing and photography in the Garden, click here.


Dogs

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


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.

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.

Public Transportation

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.