Visitor and Education Center Project


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

“Thanks to the over 50 donors who have helped us raise $1.6 million in pledges and gifts to fund the Visitor and Education Center project! If you would like to help, please click on the image for more information—we have a Challenge Grant still working to help us right now…”

Learn more about our new building plan here.
Upcoming Activities
Sunday, October 4

Lawn to Garden Workshop

Sunday, October 4

10:00 am to about 2:00 pm

Join us for a hands-on experience where you will not only learn how to complete the task, but also actually get a chance to do it! 

More info and to register here.

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Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11

Members Only Plant Sale

Thank you,members!! This one's just for you!

10 am to 2 pm

Everyone is welcome to come and shop.

Members will receive 20% off plants, pots, dish gardens, soil and fertilizers.

To avoid delays please be sure to bring your membership card along!

Memberships will be available at the door.

Saturday, October 17

Fruit Tasting Tour

Saturday, October 17

1:30 to 3 pm


The Garden has an abundance of fruit-producing plants which we will sample on this special tour including palm fruit, dragon fruit, and other unique cactus fruits.

More info here.

Saturday, October 24

Members Only - Mini Pumpkin with Succulents

Saturday, October 24

10:30 to 11 am

Get crafty with us and make a succulent topped pumpkin. Great as a gift or a centerpiece.

More info here.

Saturday, November 7

Members Only - Winter Prep

Saturday, November 7

10:30 to 11 am

Sunday, November 8
More info and purchase tickets here.
Saturday, November 14

Junk to Gems Workshop

Saturday, November 14

10:30 am to 12 pm

More info coming soon.

Saturday, November 21

Docent Training Begins

10 am to 12 pm

More info and full list of classes coming soon.

Saturday, December 5

Holiday Gift Fair

Saturday, December 5

10 am to 3 pm

More info coming soon.

Saturday, December 12

Members Only - Behind the Scenes Nursery Tour

Saturday, December 12

10:30 to 11 am


Registration Open Now

Makers Series: Sucuclent Pots and Plants

Sunday, November 22, 2015 and Saturday, December 5, 2015

Make your own succulent planter out of clay at the Walnut Creek Civic Arts Ceramics studio in Civic Park and then meet for a second class at The Ruth Bancroft Garden to plant up your container with a succulent. Learn more 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: Gasteria excelsa

This is a summer-flowering species, with a branching panicle bearing multiple racemes of dangling flowers. The flowers are pink, with a green and off-white striped mouth, and they are about an inch long (22 to 26 mm). Like many species of Gasteria, this one has a swelling in the lower part of the flower, and this pot-bellied form is the source of the name Gasteria, since “gaster” means “stomach” in Latin. The floral branches are spreading-ascending, and on a good-sized plant the larger lower branches may re-branch, with the flowers spaced along the upper portion of each branch. Our largest plant at the Ruth Bancroft Garden has had up to 25 racemes on an inflorescence, with a total height of over 6 feet (1.9 m).

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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