Gardening Seminars


Download the flyer for May 2012 Gardening Talks & Festivals (one-page PDF)

See our Events Calendar for dates and locations of upcoming gardening seminars. You can also call our hotline, 408-282-3105, M-F from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., for details on upcoming workshops at our demo gardens, adult ed courses and free public talks.

We hold free workshops in our demonstration gardens that are followed by hands-on demos in the garden, and informal walk-throughs and Q&A with Master Gardeners. Come for the talk or the Open Garden, or both! You are also invited to visit on our workdays. Follow the links to the demonstration gardens for photos and descriptions of the gardens. 

Palo Alto Demonstration Garden

  • 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto
  • Workdays: Mondays, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Free, one-hour workshops on the first Saturdays of the month, 10-11 am
  • Followed by hands-on demos in the garden, and informal walk-throughs  and Q&A with Master Gardeners.

Past and upcoming workshops include:

  • Easy Drip Irrigation
  • Cool Season Gardening Tips
  • Saving Seeds From Your Garden and Propagating Plants
  • Fall Garden Maintenance Tasks

Sunnyvale Teaching and Demonstration Garden

  • 433 Charles Street at the Charles Street Community Garden, Sunnyvale
  • Workdays: Tuesdays, 9 am-noon
  • Free, two-hour workshops on the second Saturday of the month. 
  • Most workshops are at the garden from 1-3 pm. Some are held in the evening at the Sunnyvale library. Check the Event Calendar for this month's workshop. 
  • Followed by hands-on demos in the garden, and informal walk-throughs and Q&A with Master Gardeners.

Past and upcoming workshops include

  • When to Harvest that Great Produce
  • Less Work, More Food: A Cool Season Edible Garden
  • Design and Plan the Water-wise Garden of Your Dreams
  • Let a Cover Crop Do the Work!

South Couny Demonstration Garden

  • 9400 No Name Uno on the St Louise Regional Hospital site in Gilroy
  • Workdays: Saturdays, 8:30-11:30 am
  • Free, monthly workshops on Saturdays - often two each month on the same Saturday
  • Followed by hands-on demos in the garden, and informal walk-throughs and Q&A with Master Gardeners

Past and upcoming workshops include: 

  • Growing Potatoes
  • Designing Your Summer Vegetable Garden
  • Pruning and Training Fruit Trees
  • Lose Your Lawn

Guadalupe Demonstration Garden

  • Located at the corner of Walnut and Asbury Streets, off Highway 87 in downtown San Jose, across Taylor Street from the Heritage Rose Garden
  • Workdays: Mondays, 9-11 am
  • First community garden in California to be watered exclusively with recycled water
  • Periodic workshops - check our Event Calendar
  • Followed by hands-on demos in the garden, and informal walk-throughs and Q&A with Master Gardeners

Past and upcoming workshops include: 

  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Cold Frames But Were Afraid to Ask
  • Planning Your Summer Vegetable Garden
  • Building Great Soil: Composting, Mulching and Earth-Friendly Fertilizers

Gamble Gardens

  • Free, two-hour workshops and classes
  • Second Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Please note: workshops are not held in December and January.

Past and upcoming seminars include:

  • Walk-in Plant Clinic
  • Sustainable Organic Roses
  • Keeping Native Oak Trees Healthy
  • All You Ever Wanted to Know About Lavender!

Santa Clara County Libraries

  • Free; 1 or 2 hours long
  • Libraries include: most branch libraries in San Jose, Los Altos Library, Santa Clara City Library, Mountain View Library, Saratoga Library, Cupertino Library and Community Hall, and a dozen more all around the county.
  • Each month there are ten+ library talks scheduled.  Check the Events Calendar for this month's talks.

Past and upcoming talks include:

  • Gardening in Small Places
  • Critters in Your Garden
  • Year-Round Flowers in Your Garden
  • Winter Greens: Now is a Perfect Time to Start

Spring Garden Market

Free mini-seminars, 10-20 minutes long

Seminars include:

  • How to Grow Great Tomatoes
  • Got Plants - Now What?
  • Garden Tool Care
  • Easy Garden Irrigation
  • UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars: Tough, Reliable Waterwise Plants for Your Garden

Other organizations invite us to teach gardening seminars at their community centers, festivals and garden markets. These include:

Guadalupe River Park and Gardens

Campbell Community Center

Prusch Farm Park

Morgan Hill Community Garden

Avenidas Senior Center in Palo Alto

... and many more. 

 

You might also be interested in classes and events at these additional organizations:

Master Gardeners of San Mateo and San Francisco Counties

Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties

California Rare Fruit Growers (Santa Clara Chapter newsletter)

California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter

Canopy, Trees of Palo Alto and the Bay Area, Palo Alto

Common Ground, Palo Alto

Heritage Rose Garden, San Jose

Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society,

Western Horticulture, Los Altos