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The Ruth Bancroft Garden

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Address: 1552 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598-2361
Phone Number: (925) 944-9352
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun, shade, and serenity

Recently visited on a Friday night that offered a BBQ Buffet, live music and the almost enjoyable stroll through the garden. The garden alone is worth a visit and on days when... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Walnut Creek, California
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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently visited on a Friday night that offered a BBQ Buffet, live music and the almost enjoyable stroll through the garden. The garden alone is worth a visit and on days when there are special events it enhances the experience.

Thank sam101645
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Ruth Bancroft Garden is in Walnut Creek near Treat and Ignacio Valley Road. It's one of those rare huge corner lots that started as somebody's orchard or farm many, many years ago and is still undeveloped and owned by the family. Mrs. Bancroft lives in an old mansion on the grounds. The house is private, but is fun to look... More 

Thank Kip L
Walnut Creek, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

This small succulent garden, located in Walnut Creek is very nicely maintained and the people (volunteers?) are friendly and helpful. I really enjoyed my walk and also sat in the shade and enjoyed the serenity of the day. About an hour to walk the trail with time to stop and take photos or sit for a while in the shade.... More 

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San Leandro, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

Although this garden is in an urban area, plant lovers will not be disappointed with the many trees, palm-like plants and cactuses. The tour map shows over 20 plant exhibits. The variety of succulents were great but the map was too confusing to follow. It would have been better to have each exhibit labelled. The only label I saw was... More 

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Homedale, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

I love this garden because it is filled with interesting plants that grow well in California without taking too much water. You get to see full size plants and trees so you know how big the plants in small containers will grow into. They have done extensive work on the garden since the last time I visited. It is clean... More 

Thank Randy M
Manteca, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

We just happened to visit on the day they were having an art display. It was nice seeing all the different kinds of art as well as all the plants. People here were very friendly.

Thank Tina C
Sunnyvale, California
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

I highly recommend the docent-led tour for the complete history and descriptions of this unusual garden. Bring a camera and visit it at different times of the year!

Thank Nancy B
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We went to the Bancroft Garden because my aunt had told us about the vast array of succulents and cactus. Although my aunt was using a walker, and the paths were not paved, she did not have any problem walking the grounds. It was nice that there were many attractive areas to sit and just view the plants, as well... More 

Thank Eva S
San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

Most of this cactus garden is behind a fence so you don't realize it's as wonderful as it is until you actually enter. Ruth, now about 100 years old, created this treasure out of her love for the type of plants. Lucky for the rest of us that she agreed to open the garden to the public. Bancroft Gardens is... More 

Thank foggySanFrancisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

I have visited the Ruth Bancroft Garden, on several occasions. I love to see the the variety of hardy, sculptural big succulents as well as smaller specimens that are on display. For those of us in a dry state like California this is a great resource for those wanting something more water thrifty than a lawn. There is also a... More 

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