The Ruth Bancroft Garden is an exceptional demonstration of the art of garden design. Begun in Walnut Creek in 1972, this 3-acre garden has received international recognition as one of the finest dry gardens in the world.


Working primarily with the dramatic forms of her beloved succulents, Ruth Bancroft has created bold and varied compositions in which the colors, textures, and patterns of foliage provide a setting for the sparkle of floral color. The collection includes drought-tolerant plants from around the world, inspiring visitors with endless possibilities for their own landscapes.


The Garden was the inspiration for the founding of The Garden Conservancy, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of significant American gardens.


The Ruth Bancroft Garden offers educational opportunities for schoolchildren, college interns, and adults. Tours, gardening seminars and workshops are offered throughout the year, and drought-tolerant plants are grown on site for sale. For more information, please visit, check out the Twitter Feed and Facebook Page, or call (925) 944-9352.


1552 Bancroft Road

Walnut Creek, CA 94598

(925) 944-9352 Office

(925) 256-1889 Fax

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