In the Nursery

Purchasing Plants at The Ruth Bancroft Garden

The Ruth Bancroft Nursery is open to the general public Tuesday through Sunday from 10am until 4pm. Here you’ll find a large selection of succulents and drought tolerant plants from around the world.

Our dedicated garden volunteers propagate many of the plants for sale in The Ruth Bancroft Nursery.
All of our plants are competitively priced and grown slowly (outdoors) with custom blended soil mixes.


You may schedule an appointment to purchase plants and receive personalized dry-garden advice in the Nursery, by emailing our Nursery Manager.

Container Design

For help with custom container gardens, make an appointment and bring your own pot to the appointment, our nursery staff will help you select plants that require similar light and care. Our Nursery staff will create a custom container garden for you! Labor charges start at $20 ,depending on the size of container, in addition to the cost of the plants.

Members Raffle Winners
Check out the raffle winners here.
Lawn to Garden Conversion/Garden Design
Consultation and Design Services contact Troy.

Garden Consultation

  • Onsite consultation to choose plants for new or existing plantings.
  • Identify potential problems with existing plantings ie. Hardiness, exposure, soils etc.
  • Suggest best practices for siting and building raised beds, planting and maintaining plants.
  • List plants and ideal purchase size for custom quotes from RBG Nursery.

2 hr min.             Includes drive time

$75/hr – Member

$95/hr – Non Member

Due at time of consultation

Planting Plans

Provide the client with a cost/ time proposal.

  • Wait for client approval before commencement of work.
  • Visit the client’s garden. (1-2hrs)
  • Identify plants for new or existing beds.
  • Produce a scaled base map (3hrs)
  • Produce scaled color planting plans (see Troy) (3 hrs)
  • List plants and ideal purchase size for custom quotes from RBG Nursery.  (1-2 hrs)
  • Meet with the client at RBG to present the plan and show them mature plants.  (1-2 hrs)

 9-12 hrs.             Includes drive time

$75/hr – Member

$95/hr – Non Member

50% due prior to commencement

50% due at completion

Need installation as well?

Contact Troy for details.


Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) Design Assistance Program

This innovative program offers you a 2-hour consultation. During this time we’ll discuss your ideas and requirements. We’ll also draw up an easy to follow plan detailing the layout of plants and materials.

A $150 fee is due at the time of the consultation. You’ll then be reimbursed by the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) when your lawn to garden conversion project is successfully completed.

More info here.


Container Design

Whether you have a balcony or just a love of containers large or small, we can bring them to life with custom arrangements to suit your needs and tastes. Labor charges start at $20, depending on the size of container, in addition to the cost of the plants.

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Care Sheets
Plant Warranty

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is a Non-Profit whose continued operation is in a large part dependent on its retail nursery.

We guarantee our plants to be healthy when they leave our care and true to name. We have no control over their success once they leave the nursery and therefore are unable to offer a refund should they not succeed.

We will gladly refund plants within three days provided they are in their original container and in the same condition as when they left our care.

We love our plants and want you to succeed with them in your garden. Please ask questions of our nursery staff to ensure success.

Plant Donations to The Garden

Many people express interest in donating plants to the Ruth Bancroft Garden. These include plants that have grown too large for their space, may no longer be desirable for the owner, mature landscape plants that are being removed to make way for new plantings, or were owned by friends or loved ones. Plant donations to the garden are most appreciated but must be approved by staff prior to drop-offs. Many donations are repotted in our nursery and sold at our plant sales to raise money to support the garden, while a choice few plants will be accessioned into our collection, depending on the species and whether it is represented in our collection.

If you are interested in donating plants, we request that you email digital images of the plants along with any identifying information you may have to our Garden Curator, Brian Kemble or Nursery Manager, Steven Wexler.  They will be happy to determine which plants are appropriate for donation.


To Plants in the Garden

Purchasing Plants

Design/Consultation Services

Plant Warranty

Plant Sales

Just In

Care Sheets

Plant Donations


Our members get a discount on plant purchases! Become a member of the Garden or renew your membership.

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 and The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust 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 Ruth Bancroft Garden GardenConservancy