Private Garden Rentals

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is now available for private rentals on selected Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings from June through early September.   Weekday rentals during the garden's regular business hours are also available.

Click here for more information and available dates.

Ruth Bancroft Garden Holiday Greeting Cards

Holiday Greeting Cards

Now available for the upcoming Holiday Season

By special order until December 5, 2014. 

For additional images available and ordering info click here.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 25th

Lawn to Garden Workshop

This event has sold out.

Work with Garden Designer Kelly Marshall and RBG staff to transform a front yard to a drought-tolerant garden with California natives and succulents.

Starting at 10am

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Saturday, November 1st

Docent Training Begins

Our docent training program begins November 1st and runs through April. This is the most extensive training we offer at the garden and will cover each plant family represented in the garden’s collection.  This program is ideal for those who are looking to expand their ability to identify plants in the garden and who are interested in learning more about the garden.

Space is very limited so register early.

Not interested in becoming a docent but want to learn more about your favorite plants?

Sign up on a class-by-class basis.

Click here to learn more.

Saturday, November 8th
Round Hill Country Club, 5:30pm

For more information click here.

To view the Auction Preview and Sign-up Parties click here.

Saturday, November 22nd

Members Only - Greenhouse Tour

10:30 - 11am

Learn more here.


Succulent Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

We are excited to welcome back Charlotte Bloom for this fun and inspiring class. This demonstration-based course will show you how to incorporate succulents and garden cuttings into centerpieces which can be enjoyed for the duration of the winter season.

11am - 12:30pm

More info here.

Saturday, December 6th

Garden Wreath Workshop

Design and create your own wreath with materials found at The Ruth Bancroft Garden. You will learn how to incorporate interesting materials from your own yards into your next craft project.

1pm - 2pm

Learn more here.

Plant Highlight: Agave schidigera

Some species of Agave are very localized, while others occur over a wide area. One of the latter is Agave schidigera, native to a large part of western and central Mexico. The flowering stalk of Agave schidigera has no branches, so the hundreds of flowers are arrayed along the stalk itself, opening first at the bottom and then progressing upward. The stalk height can vary from 8 feet to 15 feet, and ours is near the upper limit of 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


The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy