Collage of Ruth Bancroft Garden and Blackhawk Museum exhibit

OLLI Road Trip - August 4

Regional Treasures: Ruth Bancroft Gardens & Blackhawk Museum

Discover an iconic botanical garden, including a curator’s discussion followed by the rich tapestry of cultures, history and art at the Blackhawk Museum in the East Bay.

The Ruth Bancroft Garden features an outstanding collection of dry-growing plants from around the globe, beautifully arranged with California native trees and shrubs. We’ll spend the cooler morning touring the garden, followed by a lecture on its history and plant collection by the Garden Director.                                            

Collage of Ruth Bancroft and garden

After a no-host lunch, we’ll visit the Blackhawk Museum with its five distinct galleries, including the Art of Africa collection and Into China, which includes fine, handcrafted masterpieces from China’s past and present. The museum is also home to the World of Nature gallery, the Spirit of the Old West and a superlative collection of restored vintage automobiles.

DATE: Friday, August 4, 2023 from 8 AM – 6 PM

$155.00 - Cost includes luxury motor coach transport and all entry/lecture fees. Parking and bus pick-up location will be emailed one week in advance of trip.

Email our staff at to hold your reservation space or leave your name and phone number on our office line at 530-752-9695.