Visitor and Education Center Project


Artist's rendering of the building and surroundings.  Rendering by Robert Becker with IDF Global
Learn more about our new building plan here.
2015 Sculpture in the Garden

artist: Natasha Dikareva    photo: Angie Capri

Click here to find out more about the sculpture show.
Click here for tickets to Opening Night Event.
Upcoming Activities
Saturday, June 6

Members Only

Spines, Prickles, and Thorns, Oh My!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

10:30 -11:00 am

 More info here.

Friday, June 19

artist: David Mudgett   photo: Angie Capri

Sculpture in the Garden Opening Night

Meet the artists while enjoying a champagne reception, live music, and passed appetizers.

5:30 - 8 pm

More info and purchase tickets here.

Saturday and Sunday, June 20 & 21
Sculpture Show Opening Weekend and Father's Day

First chance for the general public to view the sculptures.

Bring a picnic, take a tour and meet the artists. Docent garden tours throughout the day.

Llive music on Father’s Day.

Free admission for dads on Father’s Day

Regular admission rates apply for all but dads

Thursday, July 9

Members Only

Garden Art Tour

Thursday, July 9, 2015

6 - 7 pm

 More info coming soon .

artist: Cheryl Garcia    photo: Angie Capri

Friday, July 17

Blues, BBQ, and Beer Sunset Social

Friday, July 17, 2015

5 - 8 pm

This is the last Friday of this year's annual Sculpture in the Garden Exhibit and Sale.

Enjoy an evening of live music, BBQ, and locally brewed beer.

More info and purchase tickets here.

music by:

beer by:

Saturday, July 25

Planting Companions

Saturday, July 25, 2015

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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: Cleistocactus hyalacanthus

Cleistocactus hyalacanthus begins flowering in spring at the Ruth Bancroft Garden, generally in late March or early April, and continues on into the summer. The flowers extend horizontally from the sides of the stems, and they are about an inch and a half long (3.5-4 cm). The sides of the flowers are on the orange side of red, with the tips a little darker and more purplish. If the flowers are fertilized, the base swells into a small round fruit about .4 inches in diameter (1 cm), with the remains of the dried flower attached.

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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


The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy