2017 Sculpture in the Garden at the Ruth Bancroft Garden

Every summer, the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA transforms itself into an outdoor art gallery showcasing pieces from regional artists. The tradition began 23 years ago, and it's still going strong. This year's Sculpture in the Garden kicks off on Saturday, June 17, with an Opening Night Sunset Social. Unfortunately, tickets are sold out. But you'll have until Sunday, August 13, 2017 to check out the art yourself--and maybe pick out a favorite for your own garden. 

When I visited the RBG last Sunday, June 11, quite a few pieces had already been placed; more have been added since then. Nothing was labeled yet when I was there and there was no price list. I tried to ID the artists whose pieces I photographed but I was only partially successful. I will amend the captions below as more information (including prices) becomes available.

As with any art show, I liked some pieces more than others, but I have the utmost respect for the creative minds who brought their visions to life. To me, creating art is the most mysterious and magical thing humans are capable of.

Artist: Wes Horn

Artist: Clayton Thiel

Artist: Henriette Cons-Ponte

Artist: Karen Van Galder

Artist: Wilma Wyss

Artist: Michael Larson

Artist: Joe Bologna

Artist: Mike Laflin

Artist: Roger Heitzman

Artist: Wes Horn

Artist: Christopher Fortin

Artist: Clayton Thiel

Artist: Ted Bayer

The 23rd Sculpture in the Garden exhibition runs until August 13, 2017. It is included in the admission to the garden. The Ruth Bancroft Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



  1. Thank you for the tour! What a fabulous collection of garden sculptures. I really need to visit The Ruth Bancroft garden next time I am in N. California!

  2. Much more impressive than anything I've seen shown at my local botanic garden! While I appreciate the art in a temporary public display, much of it would seem distracting to me in my own garden but I did find myself drawn to a few pieces for reasons I'm not sure I can even explain to myself - those by Karin Van Galder and Christopher Fortin in particular.

  3. I always enjoy this exhibit, they do a nice job of placement that isn't overly distracting relative to the plants.

  4. I like the yellow metal guy holding up the slab, and the guy made of bricks who is falling apart. Kind of like I feel sometimes.

    Surprised and pleased to see the Heitzman wind spinner, I have that very one on the fountain in the walled garden. It doesn't spin so good anymore, but it still looks great.

    A great event for the garden, getting different people normally interested in art perhaps interested also in nature's art. :)

  5. Some really cool pieces here! Thanks for sharing the show.


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