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The Ruth Bancroft Garden

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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fascinating site for succulents

I really felt like I was on another planet. the variety of succulents and their strange looks is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
mark s
A day under the sun!

This is a true gem. Just beautiful and serene. It takes your breath away. If you are in Walnut... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Walnut Creek, California
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A world-renowned 3.5-acre garden, housing a collection of unique succulents, cacti and drought-tolerant plants from around the world. The Garden’s founder, Ruth Bancroft, lived to be 109 and was a pioneer in drought-tolerant gardening. Open to the...more
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1552 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598-2361
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really felt like I was on another planet. the variety of succulents and their strange looks is something I have never seen before.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mark s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a true gem. Just beautiful and serene. It takes your breath away. If you are in Walnut Creek, or if you live here, you've got to go there at least once a year!

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank navidarmstrong
Reviewed 13 February 2019

I paid in advance with a discount coupon on Groupon. The $10 entrance is a little steep but it was worth 2 for 1. However, I decided to apply my entrance fee towards a membership because it provides access to many other gardens. I took...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lena R
Reviewed 7 November 2018

We go here often and see something new every season. The new store is amazing and we always find something to buy

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LaurieandBrent
Reviewed 2 October 2018

I wanted to buy succulents and this was the right place to come! The people were helpful and friendly and I love my plants!

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank kimgasparovic
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

Staff was very helpful. Information sheets were useful but awkward to use. Path layed out was well planned. Kids would get bored. There are places to hide from the heat. Quite a variety of plants

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Chaperoneguy
Reviewed 25 August 2018

Pleasant garden showing drought tolerate plants from around the world. Small but worth the visit. Garden shop where you can buy plants also

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Paul M
Reviewed 25 July 2018

Bring your camera and wait for a cool day to go. We went when it was hot, which made us rush thru it. But it is a great mature garden.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank nservanda
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Built by a local woman who tended the gardens until her recent death, these gardens are a local treat that are managed by a local group of dedicated gardeners. The area is small so it doesn't take a lot of walking nor time to visit....More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 561junek
Reviewed 18 June 2018

I m a member of the garden needs visit several times a year. The garden is an making display of succulents and reflects the love no hard work that the staff and volunteers put into it. They have good events, especially the annual sculpture show...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank nan s
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