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.


Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 27th

Walnut Creek Community Service Day

Sign-up to help out here or at another participating location in Walnut Creek.

Registration for all volunteer locations is through the link below.

Click here for more info or to register.

Saturday, October 4th

Container Gardening with Organic Materials

Learn to create succulent arrangements in natural materials.  Two sessions available.

10:30am - 12pm or 1:30 - 3pm

Sign-up early.

More details here.

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Friday, October 10th
Garden closed to prepare for Fall Plant Sale.
Saturday, October 11th

Fall Plant Sale

Members Only Pre-sale: 9 - 11am

Memberships can be purchased at the door

Public Sale: 11am - 3pm

Free admission to the Garden all day.  Garden open until 4pm.

Saturday, October 18th

Members Only - Winter Preparation for your Garden 10:30 - 11am

Learn more here.


Fruit Tasting Tour 

The Garden has an abundance of fruit-producing plants which we will sample on this special tour including palm fruit, dragon fruit, and other unique cactus fruits.

1:30 - 3pm

For more information or to register

click here.

Saturday, October 25th

Lawn to Garden Workshop

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

Click here for more info.

Plant Highlight:Cotyledon tomentosa

Cotyledon tomentosa is native to South Africa, growing in semi-arid inland areas in the south-central part of the country.  This species comes into flower in summer, with the flowering extending into fall. The short inflorescences bear clusters of a few urn-shaped flowers whose 5 petals curl back at the tips. The flower color ranges from yellow-orange to light orange-red or pinkish, with short thick sepals clasping the base. The plant's leaves are covered with short hairs, and the hairiness extends to the flower stalks, the sepals and the petals.

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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