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Program Spotlight

The UC Master Gardeners at their Hotline at Berger in San Jose recorded 2,300 contacts with home gardeners and logged 1,441 volunteer hours in the period July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

Drought Information

As we enter another year of drought and water restrictions, all homeowners and gardeners are searching for information on what to do. Learn about waterwise plants and gardening techniques, lawn replacement and rebate programs, gray water usage, and more.


Fruit and Vegetable Quarantines

There are currently two quarantines in effect in Santa Clara County, on citrus fruits and trees for the Asian Citrus Psyllid and on all fruits and vegetables for the Oriental Fruit Fly. See our quarantine information to learn more and view quarantine area maps. Help contain the spread of these pests.

Home Composting

The Santa Clara County Home Composting Education Program teaches residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their gardens. For more information, contact the ROTLINE 408-918-4640.