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The Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek

(4.6/5 based on 90 reviews on the web)
The Garden also houses important collections of aloes, agaves, yuccas, and echeverias. Aeonium ‘Glenn Davidson’, the first succulent in Ruth’s collection, is still growing in The Garden.
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  • I have been a member of the Ruth Bancroft Garedens for quite a few years. I am not an exert on gardening, but, I have always appreciated the docents at the Ruth Bancroft Garden. The garden is very int...  more »
  • Fabulous any time. Always new things to see. Great ideas. Fantastic people. Plants for sale in the nursery.  more »
  • I decided to become a member of these gardens. They have special events and member discounts on plants. It's a beautifully stocked garden.  more »
  • I came here with my dad for Father's Day and we had an awesome time meandering through the gardens looking at all the plants and sculptures. There are so many cool and unique plants all over the property and I love that there's a little shop to take home a new succulent or cactus of your own.
  • This old lafy tried her best in having the garden of her dreams and succeded! Lots of things to see and hear - educational. Easy free parking.
  • Huge Western garden with some of the largest agave and cactuses I've seen in the area. Prices for plants are very reasonable and they have sales often.
  • I could not believe how horrible the people who work there where. They were obnoxious. I had driven from Oakland to see a sculpture done by a friend of mine. Needing to use the facilities, I parked and proceeded directly to the portables. Intrigue by a sculpture I was wandering down a path when I was approached by a woman demanding money. I was asking how much she wanted when a man with a watering can joined in demanding money. They were extremely rude and told me I would have to leave if I didn't pay up immediately. I'm a member of the American Horticulture society and had brought along a $5 donation because my artist friend told me the garden would expect a donation. They were having none of it. They demanded I pay $10 to see the sculpture I had just driven 1/2 hour to see. I am a avid gardener and have been to various public gardens in the United States and Canada. I do extensive fundraising for an Oakland municipal garden. And I have never had a experience like the one I just had in Walnut Creek. I would highly recommend avoiding this garden at all cost.
  • Great garden with a wonderful staff. I recommend it highly.