Visitor and Education Center Project


Artist's rendering of the building and surroundings.  Rendering by Robert Becker with IDF Global

Visitor and Education Center

New Challenge Grant!

Starting on February 9, 2016

The Garden has just received a new $100,000 Challenge Grant to help the Garden reach its goal of raising $2.5 million to build our much needed first-time Visitor and Education Center!

This Challenge is from a generous anonymous donor who has offered a dollar for dollar challenge for all new gifts and pledges to this historic building project.

Learn more about the challenge grant and our new building plan here.
Introducing our new YouTube channel

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We'll be adding new videos regularly so check in often.

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Upcoming Activities
Friday, April 22

Ruth Bancroft Garden Celebrates Earth Day

Come celebrate with us.

Docent tours and a children's activity.

See the details here.

Saturday, April 30

Members Only

Plant Health

10:30 to 11:00 am

More info here.

Friday, May 6

National Pubic Gardens Day

More info here.

Sunday, May 8

Making Memories with Mom

Mother's Day

May 8, 2016


Come make memories with Mom.  Relax in the Garden on a beautiful Spring day.  Bring a picnic along for everyone to enjoy.  Learn something new together on a docent tour.

More info here.

Sunday, May 15

Garden Conservancy Event

Ruth Bancroft and 25 Years of
Outstanding American Gardens

Jenny Young du Pont presentation followed by docent led tour.

Presentation starts at 2pm.

More info here.

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.

Click here for more information and available dates.

Plant Highlight: Yucca rigida

Yucca rigida is spring-flowering, typically blooming in April and May at the Ruth Bancroft Garden with hundreds of creamy-white waxy flowers. The lowest flowers of the inflorescence are usually between the leaf tips, but sometimes the flower stalk is long enough that the whole rounded to oval head of flowers is just above the leaves. The flowers angle downward, so that one may look up into them from below.

Click here for more information


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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