Shop our Nursery any time the Garden is open!
Job openings:

Marketing Director Position Open - job description and application information here

Nursery Sales Assistant Position Open - job description and application information here


New Book Coming Soon!


The Bold Dry Garden

Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Available for pre-purchase now!

Support the Garden by buying your copy from us!

Call the office 925-944-9352

 or click here to go to our purchase page.

Membership discount may be applied.

Visitor and Education Center Project

Visitor and Education Center Groundbreaking Goal Met!

The Ruth Bancroft Garden staff and board are delighted to announce that we have now raised $2.16 million in gifts and pledges for the new Visitor and Education Center Building project! This tops the Groundbreaking Goal amount of $2 million set by the Garden board, and we can begin Phase I construction of the new building in September or early October this year.

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

Help us build our new building

with Whole Foods Market and their

Nickles for Non-Profits Program

Learn more here.

Introducing our new YouTube channel

Click here to check out our videos.

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

See our monthly membership drawing winners here.
Upcoming Activities
Saturday, September 3

All the info and purchase tickets here.

Saturday, September 17


Living Wall Demonstration

10:30 - 11:30am

All the info here.

Saturday, September 24

Members Only Class:

Irrigation Conversion

10:30 - 11:30am

All the info here.

Friday, Sept. 30 - Sunday, Oct 2

Fall Plant Sale!

Find great new plants to put in pots or your garden this Fall

Sale details and info here.

Saturday, October 15


Fruit Tasting Tour

Two tour times available

11:00am - 12:30pm


2:00 - 3:30pm

All the info and to sign-up here.

Friday, October 21

Annual Member and Friends Party

Friday, October 21


To RSVP, preview auction items, and check to out great sign-up parties click here.

Saturday, October 29

Members Only Class:

Winter Prep

10:30 - 11:30am

All the 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: Salvia pachyphylla

Salvia pachyphylla is an evergreen aromatic shrub to 2 or 3 feet tall, with gray spoon-shaped leaves, often with somewhat wavy margins,  and attractive clusters of flowers during the summer months. The timing of its flowering depends on the climate where it is grown, as well as the variation in conditions from one year to the next, but our plants at the Ruth Bancroft Garden have started as early as late May and ended as late as October.

Click here for more information


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Annual Member and Friends Dinner

The Garden and Nursery are open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm.

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