Month: March 2014

Ruth’s Secret Garden

Ruth’s Secret Garden

Motorist speed up and down busy Bancroft Road, unwittingly bypassing one of Walnut Creek, California’s hidden secrets: The Ruth Bancroft Garden.

The idea for the garden might have been germinating in Ruth Bancroft’s mind back in 1971 when I briefly lived just up the road in the city of Concord. But by the time she started planting it the following year, I had moved more than a dozen miles west, over the Berkeley Hills to Oakland. And three years after that I relocated to Marin County, an hour’s drive from Walnut Creek.

It would take me over forty years to find my way to Ruth’s garden, which she still has a hand in tending in the 105th year of her life.

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