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Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm

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New in 2017

The Bold Dry Garden

Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

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Visitor and Education Center Project

New update coming soon!

Artists rendering of the view from the Nursery towards Visitor and Education Center across Entry Plaza with admissions kiosk. Rendering by Robert Becker with IDF Global.
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Upcoming Activities
Friday, March 17

Members Only:

Gardening with Bulbs

10:30 - 11:30am

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Friday, March 24


Successful Container Gardening

10:30 - 11:30am

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Saturday, March 25


Hybridizing Succulents

10:30 - 11:30am

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Saturday, April 1


Botanical Photography

8:00 - 11:00am


Wednesdays, April 5, 12, &19

3-Part Workshop:

Spring Watercolor in the Garden

10:00am - 1:00pm

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Saturday, April 8

DIY Creative Succulent Series:

Mix 'n Match

10:30am - 11:30am

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Friday, April 21

Members Only:

Cactus Nursery Field Trip

10:00am - 12:30pm

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Saturday, April 28

Members Only:

California Native Highlights

10:30 - 11:30am

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Saturday, May 6

Author Event:

Join Robin Stockwell, former owner

of Succulent Gardens in Castroville, on a Garden Tour & Book Talk

10:30 - 11:30am

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Friday, May 12


Beginning Succulent Propagation


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Saturday, May 13

DIY Creative Succulent Series:

Mother's Day Teacups

10:30am - 11:30am


2:00pm - 3:00pm

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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.

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Plant Highlight: Encephalartos horridus

Encephalartos horridus is notable not only for its powder-blue leaves, but also for its stiff, sharp leaflets, whose ability to stab the unwary gave the species its name. This species is not as large as some others, never getting more than a few feet tall, but it can put out offsets and become a large clump in time. Like all cycads, E. horridus has separate male and female plants, but the appearance of the two sexes is identical up until they reach maturity and form cones. When this happens, the females can be readily distinguished by their wider and heavier cones with larger scales.

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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