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Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

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Visitor and Education Center Project

Nov 17, 2016 Update:

New Rendering of the Ruth Bancroft Garden planned Visitor and Education Center (below), approved by the Walnut Creek Design Review Commission in September. First phase of construction which will include preparation of the building foundation and erection of the building shell, is expected to begin in April 2017.

Artists rendering of the view from the Nursery towards Visitor and Education Center across Entry Plaza with admissions kiosk. Rendering by Robert Becker with IDF Global.
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Upcoming Activities
Saturday, December 10

Members Only Class:

Garden Architecture and Design

10:30 - 11:00am

All the info here.

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Hours:

Saturday, December 24

10am - 4pm

Sunday, December 25 - Garden Closed

Tuesday - Saturday, Dec. 27-31

10am - 4pm

Sunday, January 1 - Garden Closed

Private Garden Rentals

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

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Plant Highlight: Lachenalia viridiflora

Within its genus, Lachenalia viridiflora stands out due to the extraordinary blue-green color of its flowers. Its strap-like leaves are typically bright green and smooth, without the spots or stripes or bumps found on many Lachenalia species. However, plants of L. viridiflora can sometimes have spots, and occasionally also dome-like bumps, or pustules. The leaves are 2 to 4 inches long (5 to 10 cm), with the flower spike rising to as much as 6 inches (15 cm), though sometimes the spike does not overtop the leaves. The turquoise flowers are tubular to blimp-shaped, sometimes with a little bit of darker blue or purple at the tip, especially at the bud stage.

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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.
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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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