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Visitor and Education Center Project


Artist's rendering of the building and surroundings.  Rendering by Robert Becker with IDF Global

Visitor and Education Center

New Challenge Grant!

Starting on February 9, 2016

The Garden has just received a new $100,000 Challenge Grant to help the Garden reach its goal of raising $2. 5 million to build our much needed first-time Visitor and Education Center!

This Challenge is from a generous anonymous donor who has offered a dollar for dollar challenge for all new gifts and pledges to this historic building project.

Learn more about the challenge grant and our new building plan here.
Introducing our new YouTube channel

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We'll be adding new videos regularly so check in often.

Upcoming Activities
Saturday, February 13

Valentine's Day Aloe Tours and

"Sweets with your Sweetie" Event

A full day of Aloecentric activities.

All the details here.

11am and 1pm docent-led tours

and self-guided aloe tours available

10am and 12pm

"Sweets with your Sweetie" tours

Sold Out

Saturday, February 20

Members Only

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Winter Blooming Mesembs

1:30 to 2:00 pm


3:00 to 3:30 pm

More info here.

Saturday, February 27

Members Only

Planting and Potting Basics

10:30 to 11:00 am

More info here.

Class Full

Saturday, March 12


From dry to wet: the effects of drought

and El Niño on trees in the Bay Area

10:30 to 11:30 am

Guest Instructor: Dr. Drew Zwart

Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories

More info here.

Saturday, March 26

Members Only

Container Advice

10:30 to 11:00 am

More info here.

Saturday, April 9


Lawn to Garden

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Participate in a workshop where we will transform a grass lawn to a beautiful garden.

More info here.

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: Titanopsis calcarea


Titanopsis calcarea is a small plant, with compact rosettes of leaves measuring up to 2 inches in diameter (5 cm). In time, it forms a compact clump to 4 inches wide or more (10 cm). The spatulate leaves are often blue-green or grayish, but they can take on tinges of purple, orange or tan in strong light. Their texture is truly remarkable, with rounded warty bumps covering both surfaces of the upper portion of the leaves. This species is winter-flowering, and like many other kinds of ice plants, its flowers don’t open until the middle of the day. The flowers are yellow and about ¾ of an inch across (20 mm).

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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