The Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek

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Garden · Nature / Park
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  • The Ruth Bancroft Garden is a really well laid out property with excellent exhibits. It's quiet and peaceful and has many interesting species. It isn't a large botanical garden, but definitely...  more »
  • We had a great time here. Waling among the different plants. Thhe gardens are beautiful and well worth going!  more »
  • 40+ year old 3 acre drought tolerant 4 season garden and plant nursery in the middle of a neighborhood. There is always things blooming. With your $10/adult admission fee, you are given a self-guided garden booklet which list the different number paths to enjoy looking and photographing different succulents, cacti, aloe, agave, and native California plants and wildflowers (California poppies were in full bloom in April). There are chairs and tables and benches scattered around the garden to sit, enjoy, and eat your food you bring in. The friendly volunteer docents are full of plant information or can get information from one of the Ruth Bancroft Garden staff members. While the garden is right next to busy Bancroft Rd, walking around here can feel like a mini getaway or oasis. The garden is flat with either dirt or gravel paths. Easily accessible for both babies in strollers, toddlers walking themselves, and people who used walkers or wheelchairs. The docents make everyone who enters feel welcome. In the plant nursery has many of the plants you see in the garden for sale. The plants are either propagated in the on-site greenhouses or from from growers around the country. Many of the water-conservation plants are either California natives or have origins from around the globe. If you are a Bay Area gardener, you will get great inspiration visiting the garden or the nursery. And if you enjoy taking pictures of plants and gardens, you will be among the many photogs with their cameras on their tripods looking to take their next photo.
  • We visited 2 yrs ago and loved it! They were having a ceramics display throughout the gardens and it was beautiful! Staff was very knowledgable and helpful, also.

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