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The Ruth Bancroft Garden

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Address: 1552 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Phone Number: (925) 944-9352
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Calling all succulent and cactus lovers

Great grounds and wonderful selection of establish and new plants. They groundskeepers are extremely helpful and you can tour on your own or take a guided tour. There is a small... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
legsbell
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California
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California
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374 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great grounds and wonderful selection of establish and new plants. They groundskeepers are extremely helpful and you can tour on your own or take a guided tour. There is a small consignment gift shop with some great offerings as well as garden art to buy. Suggest getting the annual membership for $40 as you get 10% off all plants.

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Thank legsbell
SF Bay Area
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Fantastic local spot. Very hidden but well worth the price. So many succulents and cacti. You will be amazed at her collection.

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1 Thank CaliforniaKENinWC
Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

My wife, younger daughter and I spent a truly unforgettable hour in this beautifully designed and maintained garden full of the most wonderful cacti, trees and bushes. A visit which can be recommended to all people, wheter young or old and interested in gardens or not.

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1 Thank Gaissau
California
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We visit this garden all seasons of the year as the plantscape is constantly changing. This is a great place to get ideas for our own gardening as well as to just appreciate the variety of succulents and cactii displayed. The garden paths are well-placed to provide vistas and close-ups of the various planting areas. Some of the best visits... More 

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1 Thank Catherine H
Walnut Creek, California
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

What a nice place to visit on a lazy Saturday. I have never seen such a wide array of cactus and other succulents, it just blew me away. One can either take a tour for ten dollars or do a self guided tour. I opted for the tour with a guide. The tour guide gave us tremendous insight as to... More 

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1 Thank glqw57
Tracy, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Very interesting place. Give you an idea of what can be done with plants that match the climate where they're planted. All the succulents are beautiful.

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1 Thank Michael N
Fenelton, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Enjoyed the interesting plants and sculptures. Sculptures were neat to see, but way out of our price range.

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Thank Rose A
Walnut Creek, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I just live down the road from this unusual garden. It's unusual if you aren't native to warm weather and low water use plant life. Since first visiting, we have purchased so many different varieties of succulents. Walking through the garden you get the sense you are in a prehistoric place where plants are like dinosaurs. If you think drought... More 

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1 Thank khub79
WA state, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A trip to the Ruth Bancroft Garden is a must for any gardener. Living in the Pacific NW I did not think much about cacti and succulents for the garden. It was the long English style border made up of gorgeous plants that changed my mind- I felt like I was in some other world of strange and mysterious plants.... More 

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1 Thank Harpgal
Walnut Creek, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Walnut Creek treasure has been here for more than 40 years and it's never looked better. Fabulous nursery for timely drought-tolerant plants, knowledgeable staff will answer all your plant/landscape questions, great workshops and events. In summer, check out the Friday night sunset socials for live music, great food in a lovely garden setting.

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