Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ruth Bancroft Garden

Last Saturday the 12th I was invited by my friend and fellow blogger Gerhard Bock to attend Ruth Bancroft Garden spring opening and plant sale.  Gerhard is author of the popular blog Succulents & More and already has a couple of posts on our visit.  I jumped at the chance even though I had to get up early and meet him at 8 a.m. in Davis!

We met for breakfast then headed to RBG in Gerhard's van but ran into a problem when we encountered traffic from an accident.  The sale was from 9 to 11 for members of which Gerhard is one.  I was really honored that he would ask me to go.  But because of the delay we didn't arrive until 9:30 and we had to park pretty far away in a residential section.  I brought a garden wagon with hard plastic wheels.  You could hear me coming from a mile away!  It was pretty funny!

When we first entered there was a couple of tables set up with the most incredible succulents.  This is Opuntia sulphurea.  A clipboard was next to each plant so you could place a bid.  It was a silent auction.

Here is a closer view.  Aren't those spines crazy?!

Hmmmm, which one will she choose?

There were rows and rows and tables and tables of plants to choose from!  It was awesome!

Ruth Bancroft is 105 years old and is still going strong.  She made up some special pottings decorated with shells she has collected from all over the world.  What a special lady.  I would love to meet her.  She still has classes of about 6 people.  She started this beautiful garden in the 1950's when her husband gave her 2 1/2 acres of land to do what she wanted.

While we shopped I took a bunch of photos of the garden.

Opuntia Robusta

Agave 'Mr. Ripple'

Large unknown Gasteria!

This is Aloe striata.  Gerhard was lucky enough to find one.  I hope it makes babies and I can get one from him because they didn't any more.  Waah!

This was a huge clump of Euphorbia resinifera.  It was so pretty!

I love the color of this Agave attenuata 'Boutin Blue'.

Ruth Bancroft is a visionary and I love how she planted such a variety of contrasting shapes and colors.

I loved the shape and colors on this Agave Cornelius.

Outstanding red blooms on this unknown cactus has me almost sitting in the dirt to take photos!

This clumping patch of Notocactus magnificus was tucked under a large tree.

I so loooove this Agave Colorata!  Had to show you a close up too!

Isn't this cool!

Shot of the day!  Don't the just love the colors, shapes and lines in this photo!  The light was magnificent.

There were many columnar cactus of many kinds next to the spear like Agaves.  I love this contrast in a cactus garden.

My favorite succulent of the day.  It is a type of Euphorbia called Euphorbia inermis var. huttonae.  And it was blooming!  So that called for another close up!

Isn't this scrumptious!  I bought a Euphorbia that is listed as ssp. which I hope means this one.  Brian Kemble who is extremely knowledgeable on succulents says that when the seeds are ready on these succulents they actually pop and spread all over the garden where they take root.  They then dig some of them up and sell them.  How awesome is that!

This spiraling blooming cactus is Astrophytum ornatum!

Look how huge those Golden Barrel Cactus are!

I love the blue chairs in the shade of these Yucca carnerosana!

This is Agave paryyi but not sure which one.

I have one of these Agave lophantha v. quadricolor.  Can't wait for babies like this!

In the back near the propagation area they had vertical plantings like this for sale.  They were beautiful!

Echeveria Malaco in a perfectly matched pot.

As you can see this was a sample and not for sale because it was not rooted.  But they would have rooted easy enough and I loved the staging!

Another incredible vertical planting!

This metal spider gave me the creeps!  But it was really quite a show stopper.

So if you have a chance place make your way to Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA.  You will love the garden and may go home with some succulent goodies!

Till next time remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!



danger garden said...

What a fun outing, lucky you! Great photos too, almost as good as being there.

Bob Stewart said...

Great blog about a wonderful place. A succulent lover's paradise. Thanks for all the great photos and information. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Mark and Gaz said...

Wish we had something as fabulous as that here :) sounds like you and Gerhard had a fun filled day of plant shopping!

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thanks everyone! It was fantastic! I loved every minute of it and just love to share!

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More) said...

Candy, fantastic post! I'm glad you were able to finally see for yourself what I've been raving about for years.

The agave labeled as "This is Agave paryyi but not sure which one" is actually Agave parrasana. The small one you bought will look like that in 4-5 years.

michaele said...

Oh, dear, I'm such a dummie but the only way to learn is to ask, right? When you said those plants weren't rooted yet but would be easy to do would that happen. Do you just lay a big Echeveria like the one shown on top of soil and it will root all by itself?

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Hi Michaele! That is not a dumb question at all. A lot of time succulent like Echeveria multiply in their pot and you would like to take one and add it to another arrangement. Also the stem can become long and look unsightly. So this is what you do. Take a clean knife or snippers and cut the rosette about inch below the last leaf. Take the cut off rosette and place in on top of an empty pot you might get another small plant in from the nursery. Let it set for a couple of days like this until the cut part scabs over. Now you are ready to add it to any arrangement. It will root and grow before you know it.

michaele said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my question. I didn't know about the importance of "Scabbing over". Since I haven't tried it yet, I hope, thanks to you, I will have success.