Johanna Silver

Butterfly Boom

Meet the biologist who's been on a six-year mission to recolonize the pipevine swallowtail butterfly, native to San Francisco, back to the city's Botanical Garden.

Ruth Bancroft, just before her 100th birthday, in her cactus and succulent garden in Walnut Creek.Ruth Bancroft, just before her 100th birthday, in her cactus and succulent garden in Walnut Creek.

Earthly Delights

Ruth Bancroft’s carefully tended and much admired cactus and succulent garden in Walnut Creek became the late 109-year-old's legacy.