Today I stopped at Ruth Bancroft Garden. Ruth Bancroft Garden is a 2.5 acre (10,000 m²) public dry garden containing more than 2,000 cactus, succulents, trees, and shrubs native to Africa, Australia, California, Chile, and Mexico. It’s springtime, so everything was in bloom!
The Garden began in the early 1950s as a private collection of potted plants within Bancroft Farm, a 400-acre (1.6 km2) property bought by publisher Hubert Howe Bancroft (grandfather of Ruth’s husband Philip) in the 1880s as an orchard for pears and walnuts. In the 1950s, Ruth Bancroft brought home a single succulent, an Aeonium grown by Ms. Glenn Davidson. By 1972, the collection had outgrown its location and was moved to its current site, then an orchard of dying walnut trees.
In 1989, it became the first garden in the United States to be preserved by The Garden Conservancy, and has been open to the public since 1992. Today the Garden is an outstanding landscape of xerophytes (dry-growing plants).
I have so many pictures but I thought I’d include just a few for this post and I’ll finish it up at a later date. It was a feast for the eyes!