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Ruth Bancroft Garden (Walnut Creek)

The Ruth Bancroft Garden houses a unique and diverse collection of cacti, succulents and drought tolerant plants from around the world.  The many large mature specimens located throughout the 3.5 acre garden serve as an excellent serves as an example of just how stunning a dry garden can be. There is always something in bloom. They offer self guided and docent led tours of the gardens.

The Gardens at Heather Farm (Walnut Creek)

Established in 1968 as a nonprofit education center, they provide demonstration gardens, classes for children and adults, tours and fall and spring plant sales. There are more than twenty demonstration gardens and learning sites in a six acre area. The gardens demonstrate low maintenance, water conserving and environmentally friendly pest management methods, as well as stunning landscape techniques and designs.