Black Friday Sale
Friday - Sunday, November 28th - 30th

Yes!  We are open on Black Friday


Sale pricing available to everyone. 

Plant certificates can be used. 

No additonal member discounts on plants.

Dish gardens, wreaths, centerpieces, gift certificates and memberships make great gifts. 

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Ruth Bancroft Garden Holiday Greeting Cards

Holiday Greeting Cards

Now available for the upcoming Holiday Season

By special order until December 5, 2014. 

For additional images available and ordering info click here.

Special Events:  Sign-up Parties

There are still spaces available in some of our Special Event Parties.

Register now to join the party before they fill! 

Click the links below to find out more about each event.

Sign-up online or call the office to reserve your spot.


Guided Bird Walk at MLK Regional

Shoreline in Oakland - Nov. 30th, 2014

Pig Roast Dinner Party - June 6th, 2015

Western Hills Garden Tour - April 18th, 2015

Croquet Party in Ruth's Garden - April 25th, 2015

Basic Mechanics of Flower Arranging, Lunch, and Garden Tour in San Francisco - May 14th, 2015

Lotusland Tour and Weekend Stay in Santa Barbara - Feb. 20th-22nd, 2015

Upcoming Events
Sunday, November 30th

Special Event:

Guided bird walk at MLK Regional Shoreline

in Oakland. 

9am - Noon

More info here.

Saturday, December 6th

Garden Wreath Workshop

Design and create your own wreath with materials found at The Ruth Bancroft Garden. You will learn how to incorporate interesting materials from your own yards into your next craft project.

1pm - 2pm


Saturday, December 13th

Members Only - Package Toppers

1 - 1:30pm

Why buy bows? 

Beautiful package toppers are right outside your door.  Learn to combine succulents and other cutting from your garden into these beautiful adornments for boxes or bags.

$5 material fee

Click here for more info.

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.

Click here for more information and available dates.

Plant Highlight: Echeveria pulvinata 'Frosty'

Echeveria pulvinata ‘Frosty’ flowers in fall and winter, usually commencing at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in late October or early November and ending in about February. The flower stalks are up to about 12 inches in length (30 cm), bearing chubby bract leaves along the lower portion and short-tubular flowers higher up. The flowers are about 5/8 of an inch long (1.6 cm) and red-orange at the tips, fading to a paler orange at the base and within. The flower stalks, the bract leaves, and even the sepals clasping the base of the flower are all coated with the silvery hairs seen on the leaves and stems.

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.
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