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.

Upcoming Activities
Saturday, January 24

Plant Identification Lecture:  Family Nolinaceae and Other Garden Favorites

10 am - Noon:  $20 non-members; $15 members

(9 am - Noon for Docents in Training)

In addition to plants in the family Nolinaceae, such as the Ponytail Palm, this lecture will cover plants that fall out of the normal range of plant families in the garden.

Saturday, February 7th

Plant Identification Lecture:  Families Bromeliaceae and Aizoaceae

10 am - Noon:  $20 non-members; $15 members

(9 am - Noon for Docents in Training)

Come explore the diversity: pineapples and ice plants and all their facinating relatives.


Members Only:

Garden Renovation Tour

1 - 1:30pm

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is always changing. 

See what we have currently underway and learn what's coming next and why.

 More info here.

Saturday, February 14

Valentine's Day Aloe Tours

An all-day event focused specifically on the Garden’s dramatic Aloe collection. 

Special selection of aloes will be available in our retail nursery.

Special Event:  “Sweets with Your Sweetie”

You and your sweetie take a guided tour of The Garden led by curator Brian Kemble, world-renowned aloe expert, then enjoy mimosas and plate of sweet treats in our covered shade house.

More info on Aloe Day here.

Saturday, February 21

Plant Identification Lecture:  History of the Garden and Human Uses of Plants

10 am - Noon:  $20 non-members; $15 members

(9 am - Noon for Docents in Training)

From pear and walnut orchards to suburbia,

discover the changes that made this area what it is today.

Saturday, March 14

Lawn to Garden Workshop

10 am - 2 pm   $20 non-members; $15 members

Participate in the transformation of a lawn to a planted garden.  Learn to prepare the area, remove the grass, transform the irrigation, and plant the plants.

More info here.

Special Events:  Sign-up Parties

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

Register now to join before they fill! 

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


Lotusland Tour and

weekend in Santa Barbara

Croquet Party and Refreshments

in Ruth's Garden

Click here to view all available parties.

Plant Highlight: Cheiridopsis umdausensis

Cheiridopsis umdausensis is unique in the genus for the little white “goose bumps” on its leaves, which may also sometimes have a few tiny teeth toward the tip. It comes from Namaqualand in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province. In time it makes a tight clump of many heads, and its light yellow flowers come out in late fall to winter. The flowers normally open in the middle of the day and close at dusk. Though it takes temperatures down to freezing without difficulty, it should be protected from cold snaps which go much below this.

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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


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