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Garden & Nursery hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm

in loving memory

On behalf of The Ruth Bancroft Garden and the Bancroft family, we are saddened to announce the passing of our beloved founder, Ruth Bancroft. Ruth, who was 109 years of age, died at home surrounded by family, and by the extensive, amazing private and public gardens she created and tended over 76 years of her lifetime.

Mrs. Bancroft gained international recognition for her pioneering work in horticulture, demonstrating that a dry garden in the heart of a busy urban, inland corridor could be lush, diverse, and striking in design. Her garden was the inspiration for the founding of The Garden Conservancy in 1989, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving private gardens for public use. The Ruth Bancroft Garden was its first preservation project in 1992

An all-day celebration of Ruth's life will be held in the Garden on:

Saturday, Feb. 17th, 2018

Open to the public

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in honor of Mrs. Bancroft be directed to benefit the mission of The Ruth Bancroft Garden, Inc. at 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek, 94598 or click below:

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 You can also donate by texting ALOE to 41444.

Nursery Holiday Boutiquegifts at the Holiday Boutique

Amazing gifts for everyone on your list!

Runs through Dec. 31st

Open 10 am - 4 pm.

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Docent Training

docent graduates

Enrich visitor experience- join our dynamic team of Docents and Garden Hosts. Starts Nov. 18th.

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Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's Member & Friends Dinner

a success!

Generous Auction Donors & Bidders

RBG Exclusive Experiences are still available! Find new adventures while supporting the Garden. Click for more info.

Noche mexicana theme

Now Available!
New in 2017

The Bold Dry Garden

Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

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Visitor and Education Center Project

Phase I of construction will begin September 18th! Thank you to everyone who attended our Groundbreaking Celebration and for all of your continued support. Join the excitement as we build for a better future:

Text BUILDIT to 91999 to donate today.

July 2017 Update!

Rendering of new Visitor and Education Center from the east side of parking lot by Robert Becker with IDF Global.
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Upcoming Activities
Tuesday, December 12
downtown Walnut Creek succulent garden

Members Only - Gardens in unlikely spaces (offsite tour in downtown Walnut Creek)

Join Rick Dreimeyer, landscape and waterscape consultant, for a walk and talk tour of a stunning living wall and rooftop garden that he installed in downtown Walnut Creek.

9:30 - 10:30 am

Learn how to start your own roof-top garden or living wall. Sign-up today!

Private Garden Rentals

Daytime rentals during the garden's regular business hours are available.

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Plant Highlight: Agave Filifera

agaveAt maturity, the center of a rosette elongates and shoots upward to form a flower stalk, and this is about 6½to 8 feet tall (2 – 2.5 m). The stalk is dark purple, as are the flower buds arrayed along it, with the flowers opening in sequence from bottom to top over the course of about a month. Unlike many other species of Agave, A. filifera does not have a set time of year for coming into flower, and at the Ruth Bancroft Garden we have had it bloom from late spring to late fall in various years. Each flower is angled upward and outward from its point of attachment to the stalk, and when it opens, the six tepal-tips curl back to show off the face of the flower [note that the word “tepals” is used for flowers where there is not a clear distinction between petals and sepals]. While the stalk, buds, stamens and pistils are all dark purple or wine-colored, the face of the flower is a pale yellow, though it too may be flushed with purple. The flowers are about 1⅓ inches long (3.3 cm) from the base to the tepal-tips, with the stamens and pistils extending well beyond this.

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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


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