Shop our Nursery any time the Garden is open!

New hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm through the end of October.

Job Opportunity
Water-Wise Wednesdays


Now Available!

New in 2017

The Bold Dry Garden

Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

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Visitor and Education Center Project

July 2017 Update!

Rendering of new Visitor and Education Center from the east side of parking lot. Phase I construction of the project—grading and construction of the entry plaza, the Nursery display and sales area, and the parking lot, is now planned to start in this August with an August 19 Groundbreaking Celebration. Rendering by Robert Becker with IDF Global.

Learn more here.
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Upcoming Activities
Saturday, July 29

Members Only :

Local Gardens Tour

10am - 1 pm

Learn more and join the tour.

Sculpture in the Garden Exhibit continues through Sunday, August 13
Friday, August 4

Photography Workshop:

Capturing Evening Light at the Garden

6 pm - 8 pm

More on photography at sunset.

Wednesday, August 9

Waterwise Wednesday

Check out the August schedule here.

Thursday, August 10

Members Only :

Travels with Brian and Walker

10 am - 12 pm

Register for this offsite presentation.

Saturday, August 12


DIY - Succulent Series

Cactus Centerpiece

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Learn more and register here.


Creole Sunset Social

5 pm - 8 pm

Music: Creole Belles with Andrew Carrière

Food Truck: United Bites

Reserve your spot to join us!

Friday, October 20

Save the Date for our

Annual Member and Friends Party

6:00 pm

Perera Pavilion, Pleasant Hill

Community Center

Learn more and participate!

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: Aloe shadensis

The flowering period for Aloe shadensis is in late spring to summer, beginning at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in late April to May, and ending in July or August. While young plants often have no floral branching, older ones usually have a few branches on the flower stalk, with each branch ending in a spire of flowers. The tips of the flower clusters reach a height of 40 to 60 inches (1 to 1.5 m). At the bud stage, the flowers are coral-red with a gray point, but when they open the petal tips curl back and turn yellow. Because the flowering progresses slowly from the bottom of the cluster to the top, the floral show lasts for a long time.

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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.
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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