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The Ruth Bancroft Garden

1552 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(925) 944-9352
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Ranked #4 of 15 attractions in Walnut Creek
Type: Gardens
Most recent review
- Apr 16, 2014
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san francisco
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72 reviews 72 reviews
7 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

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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10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

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
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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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Palghat
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

I read about this garden on the net and went to see it during my stay in California. It was 10-30 in the morning when I reached there and hoped to spend an hour there as I had an appointment at 12. The ladies in the office were very kind and were explaining to me about a paid walking tour... More

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Austin, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

After many trips to visit family in the Walnut Creek area, we recently visited these gardens for the first time. We wish we'd gone there sooner! A wide variety of native and naturalized plants, many of which I'd never seen before, fill the garden. Around every corner is a picturesque landscape of xeriscape plants. Many plants, ornaments and landscape sculpture... More

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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

If you have any interest in succulents this is the garden for you. The docents are excellent and very knowledgeable. We visit the garden several times a year as the garden changes significantly with the seasons.

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Lafayette, California, Usa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is the best collection of cacti and succulent plants in this part of California. The collection is roughly organized by growing conditions and is extremely comprehensive. Self guided tours are available but I recommend joining a group with a docent for the maximum effect. The docents are well-trained, quite knowledgeable and friendly. If you are into dry climate gardens... More

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Walnut Creek, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Ruth Bancroft is a fixture here in Walnut Creek, and her garden is well worth a visit. Not all folks enjoy xeroscape environments, but if you are living in the desert, as we are here in California, the garden is an inspiration for professionals and homeowners alike!

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San Francisco
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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We have toured this garden many times, both with and without one of their excellent docents and have purchased many wonderful plants at their plant sales. Every season brings something new to see here. They operate on a shoe string budget but manage to keep the garden in perfect condition as well as offering the public classes, memberships, volunteer opportunities... More

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