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Plant Identification Lectures and Docent Training at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

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Discover the beauty and variety of the succulent world with The Ruth Bancroft Garden.

The highly informative Ruth Bancroft Garden Docent Training Lectures have now been opened up to the public! Join us for in-depth succulent identification classes and boost your plant smarts. Learn how to distinguish Agaves from Aloes, delve into the depths of the Echeveria plant family, including the popular “hens and chicks” and much more. These classes focus on identifying the plants of the Garden and will showcasing unique characteristics of particular plants. Classes will be approximately twice a month, November 2013 through April 2014.

Interested in sharing what you know with the public? Become a Docent! Join us for the entire lecture series and extra lessons focused on leading tours and engaging an audience.

Schedule of Lectures:

  • Nov. 2  (open to Docents only) Intro to being a Docent
  • Nov. 23  Plant Families Agavaceae and Asphodelaceae
  • Dec. 14  RBG Trees
  • Jan. 4  History of the Garden and Human Uses of Plants
  • Jan. 18  California Native Plants and Shrubs
  • Feb. 1  Plant Family Nolinaceae and Other Garden Favorites
  • Feb. 22  Plant Families Bromeliaceae and Aizoaceae
  • Mar. 8  Plant Family Crassulaceae
  • Mar. 22  Plant Family Cactaceae, Plant Family Euphorbiaceae
  • April 6  (open to Docents only) Graduation Tours

Docent Training begins Saturday, November 2, 2013; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. General lectures begin on Saturday, November 23, 2013; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

For more information: Please call or visit The Ruth Bancroft Garden.

Saturday, November 2, 2013 9:00 am
Sunday, April 6, 2014 12:00 pm
Ruth Bancroft Garden
1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek, CA, 94598
Docent Training is $100 for 10 classes, Individual lectures are $20 each.
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