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The Ruth Bancroft Garden

Address: 1552 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Phone Number: (925) 944-9352
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Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions in Walnut Creek
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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New Fairfield, Connecticut
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I had passed by this garden for several months, wondering what a cactus garden might look like. Having never really liked the look of the spiky plants and only seen how they are often portrayed in the movies amid dessert-like landscapes, I never had the desire to have cacti. Nevertheless, I was curious what a professional garden might look like,... More

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Walnut Creek, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I attended a tasting tour of the local edibles being grown in the Garden. It was very fun and very informative! It might be a little slow for kids, but was a nice, relaxing afternoon for adults. they even had a casual tea/snack party for us at the end of the tour. The Garden itself is great and has a... More

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San Francisco
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66 reviews 66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a landmark green in Walnut Creek that was founded by Ruth, who is now over 100 years old. The main feature is suculents, and great established trees.

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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

My daughter and I visited Ruth Bancroft Garden . We thought it was going to be a short visit but we were so impressed we spent two hours there and we are going to return for the sculpture show when it comes next year.

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San Ramon, California
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155 reviews 155 reviews
50 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is a small garden. What I loved about this place was the friendly staff and the maps to take a self guided tour of the property. I also enjoyed the sculptures and nursery of plants for sale on site. There are some nice displays of plants.

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California
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183 reviews 183 reviews
62 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Our primary reason for attending the Ruth Bancroft Garden is the annual sculpture show. Although many of the pieces are out of our price range, we have nonetheless managed, I think without fail, to find something to bring home each year.

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san francisco
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83 reviews 83 reviews
12 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

You wouldn't expect it judged by the location, but once inside the gardens you'll find yourself in a little oasis. The garden tends to focus on plants native to this locale.

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Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
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66 reviews 66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

If you have time to volunteer and like plants this would be a great cause. Ruth is now too old to garden but she had a lovely idea. We went last week mid April and there were some flowers blooming but I would like to see it in season. This place is a lot of work and looks like it... More

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McKinleyville, California
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

My best friend and I stumbled upon this gem on our way to Mt. Diablo. I had no idea how lucky we were! The docent led tour was very informative & interesting, and the garden itself is remarkable. I became a member, and now take friends there when we are in the area (and I live 5 hours away!). Definitely... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Went out with a group and I ordered Chicken with mashed potato and spring veggies, it was a simple dinner for me, but the flavor was perfectly balance, my husband had Steak and it was very satifiying for him my hubby is a meat eater and if he doesn't like it he well tell me...no complain there, The one that... More

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