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Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm
Sculpture in the Garden
Water-Wise Wednesdays

Now Available!

New in 2017

The Bold Dry Garden

Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

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Visitor and Education Center Project

New update coming soon!

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, March 25


Hybridizing Succulents

10:30 - 11:30am

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Friday, March 31 - Sunday, April 2

Spring Fling 2017

Plants, pottery, garden art and more!  

10% discount on plants and nursery items, members receive 20% off.

All the details.

Wednesdays, April 5, 12, &19

3-Part Workshop:

Spring Watercolor in the Garden

10:00am - 1:00pm

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Wednesday, April 12

Expert Advice for Drought Tolerant Gardens

Learn the best practices and “how to’s” of converting a traditional lawn to a

vibrant water-wise garden.

Learn more here.

Saturday, April 28

Members Only:

California Native Highlights

10:30 - 11:30am

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Saturday, May 6

Author Event:

Join Robin Stockwell, former owner

of Succulent Gardens in Castroville, on a Garden Tour & Book Talk

10:30 - 11:30am

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Friday, May 12


Beginning Succulent Propagation


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Saturday, May 13

DIY Creative Succulent Series:

Mother's Day Teacups

10:30am - 11:30am


2:00pm - 3:00pm

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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: Echeveria colorata

The slender flower stalks of Echeveria colorata emerge around the beginning of March, rising to a height of a foot to a foot and a half (30 to 45 cm) and arching over at the tips. The stalk itself is pink, and the outside of the urn-shaped flowers is pink to pinkish-red, with the flared petal tips often grading to yellow-orange. The inside of the flowers is yellow to yellow-orange. At the bud stage, the flowers point downward, but they rotate outward as they open, and then turn upward as they go by, so that the seed capsules develop in an upright position.

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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


The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy