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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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Destination for Water-wise Gardeners and Lovers of the Unusual

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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English first
California
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35 reviews
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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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Walnut Creek, California
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34 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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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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Fenelton, Pennsylvania
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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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Walnut Creek, California
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90 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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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WA state, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 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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Walnut Creek, California
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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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Bay area,Calif
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

This wonderful spot hidden in walnut creek is a real Gem Spectacular display of cactus and other plants that were actually designed for the weather and drought that is California Not your Mothers cacti but a stunning array of unusual and beautiful plants Could be inspiring in this drought to know what is possible for variety and adaptability

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Walnut Creek, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

If you are into Cactus or Succulent gardening then this is a place you do not want to miss. Many years have been put into this by Mrs Bancroft and the plant collection is from all over the world. Check the Web page for many activities throughout the year. www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/

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Walnut Creek, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is a real gem. Nice to place to stop in for a visit. Incredible variety of drought tolerant plants for our area. Plant sale is now ongoing. Bring a camera or smartphone to see 50 year old cactus and amazing succulent collection. Employees very fun to talk with and seem to know everything about plants. Good... More 

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