Greater East Bay
The Ruth Bancroft Garden 1552 Bancroft Rd./near Ygnacio Valley Rd., (925) 944-9352. Tu-Sun 10-4 Apr-Oct (best bloom); W-Sun 10-4 Nov-Mar. $7; under 12 free; 10am tour free with admission.
When Ruth Bancroft was in her 60s, she started this 3-acre dry climate desert garden on what was originally a walnut orchard. Now age 105!, she still lives in her home on the property but others help tend the garden. Recognized as a premier dry garden, it displays specimens from all over the world, including desert plants, drought-tolerant plants, unusual succulents, and California natives. An important
walk, a Mother’s Day tea, and a fall fruit-tasting tour.
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