Private Garden Rentals

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

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Upcoming Events


Online Bluegrass reservations are closed.

Phone reservations will be accepted until 12pm today

by calling the garden at 925-944-9352.

Walk-in admissions start at 5pm.

Additional Parking for Bluegrass Sunset Social

We have additional parking available for Bluegrass at Doctor's Park.  Doctor's Park is located on the southeast corner of Ygnacio Valley Road and Bancroft Rd. (Bancroft changes to Walnut Ave. on that side of intersection),  directly across Ygnacio Valley Rd. from the Garden.  It's about a 5 minute walk to the Garden entrance. 

Closer than many on-street parking locations.

Thursday, August 14

This is the last week of the garden's

extended summer hours

Garden open until 7pm.

Bring along a little something to eat and drink and enjoy the beauty of the garden in the evening.

Friday, August 15

Bluegrass Sunset Social


There's a reason this is one of our most well-attended events of the year - it's a ton of fun! Bring the whole family, and don’t forget your dancing shoes. The Alhambra Valley Band has been entertaining bluegrass fans since 1986 and has been performing at our Bluegrass Sunset Social since 2011.

Musical Guest: The Alhambra Valley Band

Menu by Willowstone Catering

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Tuesday, September 2

First Tuesday - Free Admission

Garden admission is free the first Tuesday of each month.

Plant Highlight:Swainsona formosa

The compound leaves of Swainsona formosa have up to 15 gray-green hairy oval leaflets, and when the plant matures it produces many clusters of odd-looking red flowers with a glossy dark swollen area in the middle. Though red is by far the most common flower color, pink and white forms are also known. The flowers are quite large, up to 9 cm (3½ inches) long, and the red petals come to a point at the top and bottom, while the central glossy “eye” is dark purple or black. There are 5 or more flowers per cluster, and together they put on quite a show.

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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 Clubfor funding restoration and education projects


The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our nursery renovation


The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy