Ruth Bancroft Garden, The

Ruth Bancroft Garden, The


Gardens - PublicChildren's Programs | ServicesEntertainmentEvent Coordinating | PlanningGreen Certified [GREENminded Walnut Creek]Landscape ArchitectsMeeting RoomsNon-Profit Organizations, Associations, ClubsParks & Recreational AreasWedding Services

About Us

The Garden is recognized as one of the finest dry gardens in the world, and our mission is to preserve this outstanding example of garden design for the education and enjoyment of the public. We provide public and private docent-led tours and educational programs for school children, college interns, and landscape designers. We have a retail nursery which specializes in water-wise plants and CA natives. Proceeds from the nursery help support the Garden. We also have a new building which is available for corporate and private events such as business meetings, weddings and parties.


  • World renowned dry garden
  • Rustic-syle building for private event rentals
  • Retail nursery specializing in water-wise plants


Gallery Image 20170504_104828.jpg
Gallery Image 20170504_105043.jpg
Gallery Image 20170504_105357.jpg
Gallery Image 20170505_102708.jpg
Gallery Image 20170505_102811.jpg
Gallery Image 20170506_113635.jpg
Gallery Image 20170511_153051.jpg
Gallery Image 20170512_090702.jpg
Gallery Image 20170514_082803.jpg
Gallery Image 20170514_082820.jpg

Rep/Contact Info

Gretchen Bartzen
Executive Director
Tracy Fletcher
Chief Operation Officer
Brian Kemble
Garden Curator
Lucy Kim
Event Manager
Alice Kitajima
Program & Volunteer Coordinator
Stephanie Martin
Garden Events & Marketing Manager
Cricket Riley
Landscape Designer
Melissa Sunbury
Marketing Director