2016 Annual Member and Friends Party

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Friday, October 21

Perera Pavilion at Pleasant Hill Community Center


Thank You!

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended and supported our Annual Member and Friends Dinner. We raised a record breaking $100,000! These funds will be used to support the Garden and our new Visitor and Education Center.

Thank you for making this event a success!


Thank you to our Auction Donors and Volunteer Sponsors


Melissa Allen and Elisabeth Andreason Amphora Lafayette - Nate Bradley, owner • Annie's Annuals • Anonymous • Arid Accents - Laura Hogan, owner • Gretchen Bartzen and Mike Rippey • Berkeley RepBlackhawk Country Club • Charlotte Blome • Body Salonje - Salonje Rochell, owner • Boundary Oak Golf Course - Barry Slavin, manager • John and Patty Brissenden • California Urban Lumber • Sal and Susan Captain • Chris Codding and John Ricca • Donna and Ken Coit • Lassie Colebourn • Judith Coleman-Cohen • Kasuma Cooray • Raleigh and Helen Davis • Nina Dickerson • Karen Ferriere • Jane Freeman • Gail Giffen and Chris Pisarra • Dick Hansen • Kathy Hildago • Billie Hopper and David Mitchell • Marilyn Hughes • Sally and Dick Ingraham • Bob Kattenburg • Beverly Kraut • Carol Lehr • Ben LePage • Lesher Center for the Performing Arts - Peggy White • Ken Litchfield • Stephen Lysaght • Carol and John Maerzke • Margaret Majua • John Nassar • Arthur Neudek • Peet's Coffee • Eran and Rupert Perera • Marilyn & Rely Pio Roda • Porter Poirier and Sarah Leonard • Julie and Bernie Rose • Rossmoor Golf Course - Mark Heptig, Director • Jane Rotermund • Katrina Rozelle Pastries and Desserts • Ellen Sachtschale • Milton Schueler • Bob and Darlene Shadel • Sharon Simpson • The Garden ConservancyThe Gardens at Alcatraz - Shelagh Fritz • Cassie Tzur • Susan Van Dyne • Mary and Pello Walker • Walnut Creek Yacht Club - Kevin Weinstein & Ellen McCarty • Kristin Yanker-Hansen • Monique Young

RBG Exclusive Experiences - Still Available:

A few spaces are still available in many of the experiences below!

We’ve put together these special events that are entertaining, educational and just plain fun.

Cook, dance, forage, sip tea, oh my!

They are a great way to have some FUN and SUPPORT the Garden?

Sign up for one of our fabulous RBG Exclusive Experiences today!

Use the buttons below or call the office to secure your spot today!   925-944-9352

Local Private Gardens Tour with RBG Staff

Donated by some of our wonderful Garden members and friends.

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017

Price: $75 each

Limit 20 people

Place: Oakland and Orinda

Time: 1-4 pm

Call the office 925-944-9352 or use button below to come for afternoon tea and yummy treats!

Join us for a tour of 3 exceptional private gardens in Oakland and Orinda. The homeowners and Garden staff will be available to answer questions at each of the gardens. We will end the tour with wine and nibbles at the last stop.


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Hosted and Donated by Melissa Allen and Elisabeth Andreason

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017

Price: $50 each

Limit 12 people

Place: Concord

Time: 2 pm

Call the office 925-944-9352 or use button below to come for afternoon tea and yummy treats!

Enjoy a tea party in a beautiful park-like backyard in Concord. Host Melissa will share her family heirloom tea sets, and upon arrival you will choose the teacup in the pattern that most speaks to your heart.  Nibble tasty scones & tea sandwiches while learning a bit of tea history. Our tea sets are formal, but you can choose to wear a hat and gloves or dress more casual. This will be a gluten and carbohydrate-laden event of homemade delights! 


Bocce & Barbeque -- Gourmet food and fun

Donated by Melissa Allen and Elisabeth Andreason

Date: July 8, 2017

Price: $125 per person

Limit 12 people

Place: Concord

Call the office 925-944-9352 to join the party!

Learn to play bocce in a beautiful park-like backyard in Concord. Your evening will begin with delectable appetizers, followed by a fresh, seasonal gourmet dinner. Dine alfresco, then enjoy a game of lawn bocce - we will teach you how to play, and this is not a formal game but will certainly be a fun romp! Dessert to follow.

What a wonderful feeling we had in the garden. The fabulous food, the Hawk watching, and finally learning how to play Bocce. My Husband decided this was going to be the new lawn sport at our house!" Kristin Yanker-Hansen


A Private Tour of the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Hosted Kristin Yanker-Hansen and Nina Dickerson

Thank you Donna Coit and The Conservatory of Flowers

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Price: $75 each

Limit 10 people

Place: Conservatory of Flowers

Sold Out!

Come enjoy carrying your wine glass and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres while having an exclusive tour of the fantastic collection of rare tropical plants at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.  Our guide will be Lau Hodges, director of the conservatory.


Flavorful Cooking – Sri-Lankan inspired cooking classImage result for kusuma cooray

Donated by Kasuma Cooray and Eran and Rupert Perera

Date: March 11, 2017

Price: $150/person

Limit 20 guests

Place: Martinez

Sold Out!

Enjoy an evening of cooking, noshing and wine pairing with renowned chef and author Kusuma Cooray.

Learn the Sri-Lankan inspired fine art of cooking with a medley of spices. Cooray will demonstrate and you will get to cook and taste the delicious dishes created that evening. Plus, learn how to pair wine with these dishes to create perfect and tasty combinations.

Kusama Cooray is the author of two books and a pioneer in blending Asian spices and herbs with western ingredients, creating aromatic and flavorful dishes.

Price includes an autographed copy of each of her two cookbooks: “Burst of Flavor” and “Ocean to Plate”

 Image result for kusuma cooray burst of flavorOcean to Plate: Cooking Fish with Hawaii's Kusuma Cooray



Private Garden Tour and Picnic on Alcatraz Island

Away from the maddening crowds of tourists

 Thank You Shelagh Fritz and the Golden Gate National Parks

Date: Wednesday, May 10, (Rain date: May 17)

Price: $100/Person

Limit 8 guests

Place: You will depart from Pier 33

Time: 8:20 am and return by 1:00 pm.  Lunch will be provided.

Sold Out!

Board the boat with the rest of the Alcatraz staff and head for the island! The award-winning Gardens of Alcatraz illustrate the importance of gardens to the human spirit as well as the ecological benefits and aesthetic possibilities of sustainable gardening.  Enjoy a peaceful 10-minute ferry ride to the island with the staff, separate from the tourist crowds. You and seven companions, accompanied by RBG Staff, will get an insider’s look and an in-depth tour from Garden Manager Shelagh Fritz. You can opt to take the audio tour of the prison cells before enjoying a gourmet picnic lunch on the dock. May is the time to visit for peak blooms and excellent bird watching.



Amphora Lafayette - After Hours Party

Thank you Nate Bradley of Amphora Lafayette

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Price: $50 per person

Limit 20 guests

Place: Amphora Lafayette

Time: 6:30 PM

In this exclusive after hours event, guests can expect an interactive, seated presentation! An industry expert will go over the in's and out's of the olive oil world, industry fraud, immense health benefits and we will share all of our delicious recipes! Upon completion, guests will have the run of the shop and the opportunity to taste over 50 unique olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars! My self and another staff member will be on hand to answer questions and offer suggestions. All guests in attendance will receive an exclusive 20% discount on all oils and balsamic vinegars on the night of the event. We guarantee guests will leave the shop with a new found appreciation for authentic extra virgin olive oil and barrel aged Italian balsamic vinegars.

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 Clubfor funding restoration and education projects


The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding our nursery renovation


The Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy