Ruth Bancroft Garden

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.


Dogs must be on leash.  Accessibility: The garden is handicapped accessible, but the pathways are not paved. Wheelchairs with durable tires are available for our visitors use on a first-come first-served basis. There is handicapped accessible parking and restrooms.  They have assisted hearing devices that visitors may use during docent tours if needed. There is seating scattered throughout the Garden including wooden benches and chairs and several sets of tables.

Operating Hours

March to October: Tuesday thru Thursday from 10AM to 4PM and Friday thru Sunday from 10AM to 5PM.

November to February: Tuesday thru Sunday from 10AM to 4PM.


Docent led tours are Saturdays at 10 am in January through March, Friday and Saturday at 10 am in April through October, and Saturday at 10 am in November through March 2010. Reservations are not required. Tours are on a first come, first serve basis.


It is free to wander the garden without a tour. There is a fee for materials for self guided tours found at the Self Register or Pay Box located in front of the green gazebo at the North Entrance of the garden. There is an age 65+ discount.

Disabled Access

Yes, see above


1552 Bancroft Rd

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Parking is available at the main entrance and on the local side streets, Stratton Rd. and Banbury Rd.

Contact Info

By phone (925) 944-9352 or email