Self-guided tour books are available every day. Check in with staff for a self-guided tour book and a brief orientation.
Docent-Led Walk-in Tours
April to October
Short Tours of The Ruth Bancroft Garden are scheduled Thursday through Saturday at 11am and 2pm and Sundays at 10 am and 2 pm. These tours will last half an hour and give a basic introduction to the Garden and a few of the plants we have.
Docents are present to offer longer garden tours (1 - 1.5 hours) covering the history of the Garden and the wonderful plant collection at the following times:
Fridays and Saturdays: 10am - 11:30am
Sundays: 11am - 12:30pm
For up-to-date tour information, please check the event calendar or call the Office at (925) 944-9352.
November to March
Docents are present to offer tours and answer questions once a week:
Saturdays from 10am - 11:30am.
We do not take reservations for walk-in tours. For up-to-date tour information, please call the Office at (925) 944-9352. Groups of ten or more should schedule a Group Tour (see information below).
Group and Special Interest Tours
Docent-led group tours for groups of 10 or more should be scheduled at least 6 weeks prior to your visit. Please download our Group Tour Reservation Form (PDF / Word Doc) and email to the tour coordinator. We will contact you shortly after receiving your email.
Schedule a Children's Tour by contacting our Education Director. Learn more about these kid-friendly and hands-on tours here.