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Address: 1552 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598-2361
Phone Number: +1 925-944-9352
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You've Got To Like Cacti and Succulents

This one-time 400 acre walnut and pear farm has an interesting history. This is explained and described in the brochure that you will receive after paying the modest admission... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
urbanguy
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Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This one-time 400 acre walnut and pear farm has an interesting history. This is explained and described in the brochure that you will receive after paying the modest admission fee. This 3 acre garden has a terrific collection of cacti and succulents. And, a number of one-of-a-kind (in the garden) interesting trees. They have a huge nursery shop for the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ruth Bancroft has created a huge succulent garden that is open to the public. Take a guided tour with a docent. Great place for adults and children. Oh, yes and Ruth is over 100 years old and lives in the big house on the property!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

If you have an interest in succulents or cacti, you'll greatly enjoy the gardens. We took the 11am free docent tour and our docent was a fountain of knowledge about the plants and the history of the garden. While the gardens do provide you with a map and color coding information about species so you can move about on your... More 

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Pleasant Hill, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

You enter an amazing special world created by an amazing special woman.Events and sales are worth checking out

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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

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.

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Walnut Creek, California
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 

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Manteca, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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