Ruth Bancroft Garden Kicks Off Capital Campaign

In late March 2015, the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA, launched a $2 million capital campaign to raise funds for a new Visitor Learning Center. Executive Director Gretchen Bartzen reports that the kick-off presentation and event for members and the public gave the campaign a “nice boost.” Indeed, the garden reported on April 7 that it had already raised $1.23 million towards $2 million goal for the building project.


A short video was presented at the kick-off event, bringing to life both the illustrious history of the Bancroft Garden as well as its vision for a future of even greater educational programming. View it by clicking on the image above to access the Vimeo clip.

The Ruth Bancroft Garden inspired the creation of the Garden Conservancy in 1989. Today, it is one of our Preservation partner gardens and we hold a conservation easement on the property. Our two organizations work together in planning educational programs and collaborate in many other ways.

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Then & Now

Ruth Bancroft was a pioneer in dry gardening. Today dry gardening is more important than ever in California—just one example of the importance of preservation.