Ruth Bancroft Garden

Ruth Bancroft Garden

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Ruth Bankroft Garden takes up the area that once was part of a 400-acre fruit ranch that manufactured walnuts and pears. The ranch was established in the 1880s by Hubert Howe Bancroft, a renowned historian and editor who collected a large private collection of books associated with the American West.

In the 1930s, the farm was given first position for pears 8 of 9 years. At the peak of the factory there were 200 employees on the farm for seasonal purposes. Pears were exported eastwards and to England. The farm was handed over to Philip Bancroft Sr. and later to his boy Philip Bancroft Jr.

The farm stayed in exploitation till the end of the 1960s, when the estate was repurposed as an urban residential area. The property was distributed to builders for the expanding Walnut Creek. The final nut tree garden on the plot was dug down in 1971, and Philip Bancroft, Jr. handed the property over to his wife Ruth to establish a future garden with the help of succulents in her great stock.

Mission is to maintain this outstanding example of garden art and keep growing his collection of water-saving flower plants for the purpose of teaching and entertaining the community.

Ruth Bancroft Garden is an exceptional case study of garden art with drought resistant plants and is renowned for being one of the best dry gardens worldwide. The garden features an extensive array of plants from the desert and Mediterranean environment of the world, gathered by Ruth Bancroft over 60 years. Each year in the Garden you can find new things, and the guests will be delighted with the courage and charm of Ruth’s works.

Friday
  • 10AM–5PM
Saturday
  • 10AM–5PM
Sunday
  • 10AM–5PM
Monday
  • Closed
Tuesday
  • 10AM–4PM
Wednesday
  • 10AM–4PM
Thursday
  • 10AM–4PM

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