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Visitor and Education Center

Thursday, March 26  

7 - 8:30pm, Gardens at Heather Farm - Camellia Room

Please join us to hear an exciting presentation about

the Visitor and Education Center Building Project planned for the Garden!

More info here.

Upcoming Activities
Saturday, March 28

Members Only:

Local Garden Tours

9 am - 12 pm: drop-in on your own to visit

Members can visit three fantastic drought-tolerant gardens in Oakland

 More info here.

Saturday, April 4

prickly pear

New to Schedule!

Beginner's Garden Photography
Saturday, April 4, 2015
8 to 10 am

$20 non-members; $15 members

 More info here.


Everything Agave: Successfully Growing Agaves at Home

2 - 3:30 pm

$20 non-members; $15 members

Greg Starr, Agave expert, comes to town to share his love for this fantastic, drought-resistant plant. Variety of sizes, colors, and looks that can work great in gardens and containers!

More info here.

Agave havardiana
Starting Saturday, April 11

New Sale Format:

Spring Plant Sale

Saturday, April 11- Thursday, April 16

6 days of enhanced plant selection

in our new expanded nursery retail space

More info here.

Saturday, April 18

Succulent Propagation Workshops

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Two Sessions available!

10:30 am - 12:00 pm or

2:00 - 3:30 pm

More info and Sign up here.

Propagation by leaf
Saturday, April 25

Members Only

Soil Basics

Saturday, April 25, 2015

10:30 -11:00 am

 More info here.

Private Garden Rentals

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is available for private rentals on selected Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings from June through early September.   Daytime rentals during the garden's regular business hours are also available.

Click here for more information and available dates.

Plant Highlight: Pachyphytum fittkaui

Pachyphytum fittkaui has blimp-shaped leaves up to 3½ inches long (9 cm), green in color except for the tips, which often are purplish or reddish-tinged. Plants come into flower in late winter (late Feb. to early Mar. at the Ruth Bancroft Garden), with a scorpoid inflorescence up to 8 inches long (20 cm). The term “scorpoid” refers to a flower stalk which rises up, then arches over and hangs down at the tip, like the tail of a scorpion.

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Mission Statement
The mission of the Ruth Bancroft Garden, Inc. is to preserve this exceptional example of garden design and to continue to develop its collection of water-conserving plants for the education and enjoyment of the public.
Grant Funders

The Ruth Bancroft Garden would like to recognize the following grant funders:

The Quest Foundation for funding our Education Coordinator’s position

The Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation for funding our directional signs

The California Horticultural Society for funding towards our restoration projects

The Bonita Garden Club for funding restoration and education projects


The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our nursery renovation


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