Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Ruth Bancroft Garden
The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek is famous for the huge collection of cacti and succulent plants. If you are considering a cactus garden of your own, a visit to the Ruth Bancroft Garden is mandatory. Unique design ideas, planting techniques, and magnificent established plants will inspire and instruct. The garden is now open in the winter. It's an amazing place worthy of a visit.
Clever Gardening Technique
Remove Cactus Thorns with Rubber Cement
To remove small cactus thorns from fingertips, use rubber cement. Thorns from the opuntia plant are almost invisible and extremely painful. A thin coating of rubber cement, when allowed to dry, will pull out the offending thorns with a minimum of fuss. To prevent getting thorns in the first place, wear gloves, or handle small plants with collars made of rolled newspaper.