Visit

The Garden is handicapped accessible, but the pathways are not paved.

Please call the Office if you have concerns.

There are modest seating facilities that include wooden benches and chairs and a set of café tables.

Download a map of the Garden here.

 
Hours

The Garden is open for visitors Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Below is a list of days that either the Office or the Garden will be closed.

See our event calendar for more information about closures.

April 4, 2014 (Garden closing at 12pm for a private event)

April 11, 2014 (Office open, Garden closed for Plant Sale preparation)

October 10, 2014 (Office open, Garden closed for Plant Sale preparation)

November 27, 2014 (Office & Garden closed for Thanksgiving Day)

December 25, 2014 (Office & Garden closed for Christmas Day)

 
Admission Fees

Admission revenue helps to preserve the Garden for the public to enjoy. Your admission fee includes a self-guided tour booklet or a guided Docent tour (see Tours section below).

 
Adults:    

$10

Seniors (65+):   $7
Students (with valid ID):     $7

Ruth Bancroft Garden Members:     

     Become a member

Free

Children* (under 12):     

     *Arranged group tours are $5 per child

Free
Garden Conservancy Members: Free
AHS Reciprocal Admissions Program Members Free
   

The first Tuesday of each month is free admission

Special events are priced differently. Events are noted on our calendar.

 
Visiting The Garden

The Ruth Bancroft Garden Office is located at 1552 Bancroft Road in Walnut Creek, CA. Please use this entrance when visiting during regular operating hours.

The North Entrance is located at 1500 Bancroft Road. Please use the North Entrance for special events.


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Driving Directions

From San Francisco or Oakland

Drive East on Highway 24, and continue onto 680 North.

Exit Treat Blvd. and turn right. Go approximately one mile, then turn right on Bancroft Road.

Make a U-turn at Stratton Road. The Ruth Bancroft Garden will be on your right.

From Sacramento

Drive West on Interstate 80 and exit onto 680 South.

Exit at Treat Blvd. and turn left from the offramp onto North Main Street. Make the next left onto Treat Blvd.

Go approximately one mile, then turn right on Bancroft Road.

Make a U-turn at Stratton Road. The Ruth Bancroft Garden will be on your right.

From San Jose

Drive North on 680.

Exit Treat Blvd. and turn right. Go approximately one mile, then turn right on Bancroft Road.

Make a U-turn at Stratton Road. The Ruth Bancroft Garden will be on your right.

 
Parking

For regular open hours, parking is available at the Office Entrance. For special events, park at the North Entrance. You may also park along the side streets, Stratton Rd. and Banbury Rd. Please be respectful of our neighbors!

At the North Entrance, the gravel area adjacent to Ruth’s Folly (the green gazebo) is usually reserved for handicapped guests. Continue down the driveway and parallel park along the left side of the driveway near the red barn or continue past the barn and park along the edge of the dirt road. The Garden is bordered by private property, so please walk back along the driveway and only enter through Ruth's Folly.

Parking is limited; carpool or consider public transportation when possible. The Garden is located 1.5 miles from the Pleasant Hill BART Station and only three blocks from The Contra Costa Canal Trail, which can be accessed from the BART Station. The County Connection Bus also stops outside of the Garden during weekday commute hours.

 
Tours

Self-Guided Tours
Self-guided tour books are available whenever the Garden is open. Check in with staff for a self-guided tour book and a brief orientation.

Guided Tours

Docent-Led Tours cover the history of the Garden and the wonderful plant collection

April - October

Fridays and Saturdays: 10am - 11:30am

Sundays: 11am - 12:30pm

November - March

Saturdays: 10am - 11:30am

We do not take reservations for pre-scheduled walk-in tours. Groups of ten or more should schedule a Group Tour (see information below).

Group Tours

Docent-led group tours for groups of 10 or more must be scheduled at least 6 weeks prior to your visit. To schedule a group tour, fill out the form below or download our Group Tour Reservation Form and mail it to the office or email it to our tour coordinator. We will contact you shortly after receiving your reservation form.

Costs and Scheduling procedure: Our admission prices are: $10/adults, $7/seniors (65+) and students (with valid ID); free for members of RBG, Garden Conservancy and American Horticultural Society, children under 12, and caregivers of a disabled person. Group tours on the first Tuesday of the month do not receive free admission.

Deposit: In order to reserve your group’s desired date and time, we require a deposit of $25 for groups up to 25 people, and $50 for larger groups. Upon receiving your deposit, we will email you a receipt; please bring this to your tour, and the deposit will be deducted from your admission. If you cancel the tour more than 14 days in advance, the deposit will be refunded in full. Should you need to reschedule, we can apply your deposit to the new date.

Entrance, Parking, and Accessibility: Group tours should park at the Office Entrance, at 1552 Bancroft Road. Tour buses can enter at the North Entrance (1500 Bancroft Road). Please let us know if you will be arriving by bus, and make sure that buses shut off their engines while waiting. Consider carpooling as parking is limited. Our packed dirt and gravel pathways may cause difficulty for walkers or wheelchairs. We have two wheelchairs with wide wheels available for use. Contact us with questions.

 

Children's Tours

The Garden offers a two-hour field trip program that meets the California curriculum standards for the third grade but can be adapted for students of all ages. Learn more here. Schedule a Children's Tour by contacting our Education Director.

 
Special Visits

Horticultural Classes

Professors are welcome to schedule class visits to RBG. A docent or our Garden Curator can be on hand to assist with plant identifications. Call ahead to make an appointment and discuss the best options for your horticultural students.

Painting/Artist Visits

Call ahead to make an appointment. Office staff can help you plan your visit to avoid group tours, special events, children’s tours, major garden renovation work, loud machinery, etc.  The regular admission fee applies.

Photographers

You are welcome to take photos in the Garden. Photographers and their subjects must pay admission to use the Garden. Please refer to our Photos tab for more information.

 
Frequently Asked Questions
 

Where should I park?

How long does a tour take?

What sorts of plants do you have for sale?

The answers to these questions and more can be found on our FAQ page!

 
Local Attractions
 
For a partial list of nearby restaurants, attractions, and outdoor spaces, visit our Local Attractions page!
 

Operating Days / Hours

Admission Fees

Directions and Entrance

Parking

Tours

Special Visits

Frequently Asked Questions

Local Attractions

 
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

 

 
Membership

Become a member of the Garden or renew your membership.

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