Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Ruth Bancroft, California garden pioneer, dies at 109

She planted with an architect’s eye and gave Californians new ways to see their own landscape: Ruth Bancroft, the influential founder of the renowned Walnut Creek gardens that bear her name, died Sunday at the age of 109. … Early on, she focused on succulents, cacti and drought-tolerant plants and trees, all planted in tiny pots, spaced far enough apart for them to grow over the course of decades.

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