The Ruth Bancroft Garden

1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 Directions
Today 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Closed All Hours
+19259449352
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Report | 2 years ago
A really incredible garden of cactus & succulents! I would highly recommend this garden as one of a kind in the Bay Area.
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Great historic garden for cactii and succulents and the like. A must visit.
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Beautiful gardens - took a friend and we both enjoyed the tour.
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What a treasure right in my town. The redeeming process was a piece of cake. The people were great!
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It is a worthy cause and nice destination for local people as well as gardeners.
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This is a world class garden and since I am a huge fan of succulent gardens I love it.
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Wonderfully helpful staff.
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Beautiful oasis of drought and heat resistant plants to wader through, wonder at and sit and enjoy. The people are knowledgeable and friendly and are willing to identify and discuss the plantings. The garden hosts wonderful events throughout the year and has great plants for sale. But, shhhh, don't tell too many people about this little secret retreat.
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Took a visitor from Colorado. She continues to talk about the garden and has asked if I will take her back one more time before she goes home.
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Nice cactus display. I joined to enjoy the many other gardens available through the reciprocal program.

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In the 1880s, historian and publisher Hubert Howe Bancroft started a 400-acre fruit farm in the Ygnacio Valley that produced walnuts and award-winning Bartlett pears. After being passed down through his family, the farm was rezoned for residential use and sold to developers. The final owner, Philip Bancroft, Jr. Cut down the last walnut orchard in 1971 and gave the remaining three acres of land to his wife Ruth to plant a new garden. Motivated by her lifelong passion for plants, Ruth filled the garden with her large collection of potted succulents and water conserving plants. Through the garden, she discovered how to protect tender plants from winter rains and hard freezes. Her efforts created a dynamic environment with contrasting textures and colors, and Ruth's original succulent, the aeonium 'Glenn Davidson' still grows in the garden, demonstrating the lasting benefits of water conserving plants   Today, with the help of a dedicated conservancy, The Ruth Bancroft Garden serves as an example of water conversation with it's range of succulents and 92 varieties of trees including eucalyptus, yucca, aloes, and palm. Visitors can explore the garden's diverse flora through self- and docent-guided tours or attend regular plant sales to take home their own salesman-eating plant. The garden also organizes special events including a fruit-tasting tour and a holiday centerpiece-making workshop.

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