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Ruth Bancroft Garden


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!


Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

65 thoughts on “Ruth Bancroft Garden

  1. I would like to plant more native stuff that needs almost no water around my house.

  2. wow… looks like an amazing place to photograph, love all the textures and colors.

  3. I love gardens like this, they are so amazing. You got some great images Laura. We need to plant more things like this in our gardens, things that don’t need much water.

  4. these are just stunning!

  5. What a great places to be. Love the photos.

  6. Beautiful! I love places like this. That purple succulent is gorgeous. It is amazing how much color comes from drought resistant plants. The yellows and oranges are so beautiful. I was just walking around my neighborhood this morning marveling at everyone’s flowering native plants. Wow.

    • Thanks Carrie. I couldn’t believe it either! I had actually been here once before a very long time ago but it was after all the blooming so I didn’t know there were all these colors until today. Tomorrow I’ll work on the rest of the photos. 🙂

  7. Amazing collection! 🙂

  8. This looks like a great garden..

  9. such beautiful photos & plants.

  10. Sounds like a wonderful time 🙂

  11. Pretty awesome place! Definitely worth a visit if I ever make it to the West Coast. Thanks for the lovely pictures.

  12. These are beautiful gardens, and a wonderful story of a gardener with a great passion. Your photos are all amazing, but the image of the purple succulent is terrific, the way the rosette glows is just divine.

  13. Love all the colours and textures!

  14. We always tend to linger a bit longer in the succulent section of gardens we visit – quite the amazing natural survivors. Thanks for the visit!

  15. Nice set of images Laura, MM 🍀

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  17. I love the stories of how many gardens evolve over the years! The palms look great when they’re in flower 🙂 We often only see many of these plants in Glasshouses and potted up on patios!

  18. These are simply terrific Laura. I’m so happy that you got out with your camera. You do see your subjects in a refreshing style and these are very representative of that. Well done my dear!

  19. I just had to come see more of this.
    Great stuff Laura!

  20. What an amazing place. great shots.

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