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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 17 Attractions in Walnut Creek
Type: Gardens
Most recent review
- Sep 7, 2014
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San Ramon, California
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152 reviews 152 reviews
49 attraction reviews
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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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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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71 helpful votes 71 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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13 attraction reviews
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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
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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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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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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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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
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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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