Mark Your Calendar!
Sea of tomatoes and sea of people waiting for the market to open
You don't want to miss our Spring Garden Market at beautiful History San Jose! This is our premier plant sale, sustainable gardening showcase and vendor fair (complete with Food Trucks). (Directions | Parking Map)
- Radio show The March 27 Old Farm and Garden radio show on KKUP FM 91.7 will be devoted to the Spring Garden Market. Get the inside scoop on what's happening!
- Find us on Facebook for frequent updates and photos of work in progress: facebook.com/sccmastergardeners
Our plant sale features unique heirloom varieties you won't find elsewhere.
Please Note: Cash or check only for our plant sale and Green Elephant Sale. Many vendors accept credit cards.
A master gardener (fellow in blue shirt) consults with people perusing peppers (pursuing?)
Loyal fans have been coming for years for the 75+ varieties of tomatoes and 100+ varieties of peppers, and for the past couple years, we've also offered other summer vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
The descriptions of plants we grow are tantalizing!
- 79 varieties of tomatoes
- 100+ varieties of peppers
- 40+ types of annual flowers and flowering perennials
- A limited selection of culinary herbs
"Ask a Master Gardener" Tables
Hotline LIVE! was super popular with the junior gardeners--especially the microscope and boxes of insects.
Along Master Gardener Lane, you'll find Master Gardeners at advice tables focused on sustainable gardening techniques:
- Hotline LIVE! To answer all your gardening questions.
- California Native Plants.
- UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars: Recommended waterwise plants.
- Gardening with Succulents.
- Animal Pest Control: Got gophers, moles, voles or other critters?
- Tool Care: Keep your tools sharp and in tip-top condition.
Join us for 45-minute talks on such as Growing Great Tomatoes, It's Easy to Make Backyard Compost, Maximizing Your Summer Harvest, Love Your Santa Clara Clay, Mediterranean and Drought Tolerant Herbs, and Beautiful Edible Landscapes. Held in three locations -- look for the Gardening Talks banners.
Master Gardener Ian Gerbode describes irrigation systems and takes Q&A--always a well-attended talk, since there is always more to try to learn about irrigation systems...!
UC Gardening Publications Display
We also host a table with great publications from the University of California.There'll be oodles of free pamphlets as well as excellent reference books for you to browse. Browse the catalog and purchase online from UC with a 10% discount when you use our promotion code PRCLA43.
Green Elephant Sale
In a category of its own, our Green Elephant Sale features treasures from our garden sheds and garages to yours--tools, pots, apparel, books,and trellises as well as unusual items you can repurpose to use in your garden. Everything but the kitchen sink... although one year we did have a kitchen sink for someone to plant in! The prices can't be beat and we only put out items in good condition.
Booths line both sides of the Main Street in History San Jose. Plant nurseries, gardening societies, urban farmers, beekeepers and conservation groups could be found alongside vendors of containers and raised beds, apparel, mosaics and even chicken coops. See the list of vendors for an idea of our colorful "Main Street."
A Plant Daycare is set up right next to the plant sale, where people can leave their purchases securely while they browse the vendor fair or attend gardening talks. And gourmet food trucks will be providing coffee, lunch, drinks and snacks.
Perhaps best of all is History San Jose itself. You'll enjoy wandering the beautiful park, and seeing the beautifully restored historical buildings along with their gardens. In 2011, we created a demonstration garden at the Umbarger House--don't miss it when you visit.
And going home to plant...
Our first customer for several years running gave permission to put her photo on the internet...in fact she beamed and said "Tell everyone to come!" She comes prepared with her wagon. Remember to bring a box or flat to take home your plants (we will have some for people to use, but ...) and also--Cash or check only. Thanks and see you at the Spring Garden Market!
The Spring Garden Market is sponsored by the Friends of Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County. We're pleased to have History San Jose and San Jose Mercury News as supporters of our Market.