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Spring Fashion: Desert Blooms

Escape into a whole new world of style this season, as prehistoric landscapes meet timeless elegance, western vibes, and modern whites at Walnut Creek’s Ruth Bancroft Garden.


Purple Haze: Celine smoked violet crepe jersey dress, $2,350, at Saks Fifth Avenue; Chloé scalloped python-​print mules, $695, at Neiman Marcus; Melissa Joy Manning one-of-a-kind 14-karat yellow gold and sterling silver ocean jasper, opal, pink sapphire, and chalcedony open-face cuff bracelet, $3,875, at Melissa Joy Manning; Misa Jewelry Ama Harbor unicorn ring, $830, at Crown Nine; Colleen Mauer round five-stack of trio rings, $268, at Crown Nine.


 Fringe Benefits: Nili Lotan Frida leather jacket, $1,995; Rag and Bone Lina silk wrap tank top, $350, at Neiman Marcus; Hellessy Reflection pants, $890; The Heller Collection 18-karat rose and white gold diamond crisscross ring, $5,490, at Heller Jewelers.


Cactus Cowgirl: Rachel Comey wool blend moiré blazer, $625, and pants, $425, at Nordstrom; Isabel Marant Archie booties, $920, available through select Nordstrom stores; Gucci rectangular frame metal sunglasses, $435, at Nordstrom.


Earthly Delight: Toga jacquard knit cardigan, $575, at Nordstrom; Adeam trench skirt, $650, at Nordstrom; Cult Gaia beaded wooden drop earrings, $98, at Nordstrom; Colleen Mauer five-loop Necto bangle, $315, at Crown Nine.


Retro Wrap: Stine Goya Maxwell button-down top, $420, at McMullen; Tibi tissue leather asymmetric drape skirt, $1,195, at McMullen; Chloé scalloped python-print mules, $695, at Neiman Marcus; Erin Cuff silver Mojave portal earrings, $280, at Crown Nine; John Hardy silver and sapphire ring, $450, at Heller Jewelers.


Prints Charming: Proenza Schouler V-neck dress, $1,630, at McMullen; Lisa Folawiyo crystallized bead top-handle bag, $395, at McMullen; Meira T 14-karat yellow and white gold diamond hoops, $1,325, at Heller Jewelers; Heller Jewelers Estate collection 18-karat yellow gold emerald ring with baguettes, price upon request, at Heller Jewelers.


Natural Wonder: Brock Collection Abito Oriana dress, $1,555, at M by Maggie Rizer; Janessa Leoné Neil wool fedora, $257, at M by Maggie Rizer; Alexander McQueen skull foulard silk scarf, $345, at Nordstrom; Machete Tulum Grande drop earrings, $78, at Crown Nine; Abacus Row blush Andromeda necklace, $130, at Crown Nine; Jennifer Meyer 18-karat yellow gold triangle bracelet, $750, at M by Maggie Rizer.


Knit Pick: Proenza Schouler knit dress, $990, and ankle-tie curved-heel sandal, $690, available through McMullen; Melissa Joy Manning sterling silver extra-large square hoops, $100, and 14-karat gold rainbow moonstone ring, $850, at Melissa Joy Manning.


First Blush: Vince bias V-neck midi slip dress, $295, at Neiman Marcus; Mansur Gavriel laminated check coat, $1,195, at Nordstrom; Dean Harris pink tourmaline three-drop earrings, $7,000, at M by Maggie Rizer.


Block Party: Stine Goya Maxwell color-mix shirt, $388, available through McMullen; Lizzie Fortunato mulberry fringe earrings, $140, at McMullen; Amanda Hagerman triple- ridge ring, $270, and chain-back ridge ring, $260, at Crown Nine.


 Greenhouse Glamour: Sea Lennox pencil dress, $448, available through McMullen; Ganni triangle white sunglasses, $235, at McMullen; Christina Bohn Silva tiny crescent moon necklace, $115, at Crown Nine; Maiden Voyage Jewelry perception cuff, $535, at Crown Nine.


Blue Belle: Clyde gaucho hat, $364, at McMullen; Ganni sand-washed silk maxi, $620, at jinny; Isabel Marant braided-leather belt, $485, available through select Nordstrom stores; Jennifer Meyer 14-karat yellow gold turquoise earrings, $1,170, at M by Maggie Rizer; The Heller Collection 10-carat blue sapphire eternity ring, $6,855, and multicolored sapphire stacking bands, $920 each, at Heller Jewelers.


Heller Jewelers Estate collection 18-karat yellow gold emerald ring with baguettes, price upon request, at Heller Jewelers.


An Evergreen Oasis

Explore the wonders of the Ruth Bancroft Garden

The dramatic backdrop to Diablo’s spring fashion shoot, the Ruth Bancroft Garden has been a fixture in Walnut Creek for more than 20 years—and it continues to wow visitors with its water-conserving landscape of unique and exotic succulents. Celebrate the legacy of its founder, the late Ruth Bancroft, by checking out these exciting upcoming events. ruthbancroftgarden.org.

Spring Plant Sale: This annual event offers members an exclusive preview on April 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., before opening to other gardening enthusiasts on April 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitor and Education Center: The garden’s newest project—a large indoor facility—will be unveiled at a grand-opening reception in June. The center will be available to rent for educational purposes, private events, and meetings. For more information, contact events@ruthbancroftgarden.org.

Tequila Thursdays: This summer, the Ruth Bancroft Garden will host tequila tastings every third Thursday of the month. Sip the agave-based drink among agave plants starting June 20.


Where to Shop

Crown Nine: 515 Ninth St., Oakland, (510) 251-9000, crown-nine.com.
Heller Jewelers: 2005 Crow Canyon Pl., Ste. A, San Ramon, (925) 904-0200, hellerjewelers.com.
Jinny: 1575 Botelho Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 476-5857, shopjinny.com.
M by Maggie Rizer: 6000 Bollinger Canyon Rd., San Ramon, (925) 398-3020, mbymaggie.com.
McMullen: 1235 Grand Ave., Piedmont, (510) 658-6906, shopmcmullen.com.
Melissa Joy Manning: 1827 Fifth St., Ste. A, Berkeley, (510) 647-9409, melissajoymanning.com.
Neiman Marcus: 1000 S. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 279-3000, neimanmarcus.com.
Nordstrom: 865 Market St., San Francisco, (415) 243-8500; 1200 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 930-7959, shop.nordstrom.com.
Saks Fifth Avenue: 384 Post St., San Francisco, (415) 986-4300, saksfifthavenue.com.


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