Pre-Lockdown Visit to the Ruth Bancroft Garden
With no rain in the forecast and many Northern California counties on the verge of lockdown, I took a drive to Walnut Creek for a long overdue fall/winter stroll through the Ruth Bancroft Garden. As it turned out the new restrictions that were imposed the following Monday did not lead to closure of the garden. It was a pleasant sunny and cool morning , with some interesting goings on at the garden.
The ladder in the background is staged for staff who would be installing the frost cover over the newley renovated shade structure in the center of the garden. Renovated might not be completely accurate -the old structure which had seen better days was completely torn down and rebuilt .
RBG has also followed the lead of many other botanical gardens in the US with a holiday light spectacle to keep the revenue flowing in winter. I give events like this a pass but at least it gets people into the garden -maybe some who have never visited and might be prompted to return. The large light stands seen in some of these photos are some of the props.
Unfortunately the paths that surround this area were taped off so I did my best to find photos from open spots around the perimeter of the work area. This side is almost done.
Walking around to the opposite side I was able to get closer and see the bones of the structure from the inside. The new shade cover is clearly taller and beefier than it's former iteration and the frost protection will allow access for visitors from both sides.
Here are a couple of photos taken of the old structure a few years ago-one in summer and one from the inside of the cover. The plants were removed and the beds completely rebuilt with higher berms and more paths allowing the visitor (and photographer !) closer views of the vignettes within.
I took some plant pics too.
If things go well I hope to return in January for Aloe bloom time and to experience the completed shade cover from inside the tunnel.