What We Do

Demonstration and Research Facilities

Project map

Through our demonstration gardens, education programs, and research projects, we hope to enlighten ourselves and our community with knowledge that will improve horticulture practices in Santa Clara County.

We have projects across the entire county.  Check out our project map for details on where we're working and read more about what we do by scrolling down on this page.

Demonstration Gardens

Palo Alto Demonstration Garden (PADG)

(Palo Alto)
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MG Field Project PADG
Entrance sign at PADG The Master Gardeners have a established two demonstration gardens in Eleanor Pardee Community Gardens located on Center Road near Martin Street in Palo Alto. The first garden, the edible garden, is open Monday mornings and the first Saturday of the month from 10 am to 1 pm. MGs demonstrate a variety of typical and unusual vegetables as well as fruit trees and ornamental annual planting areas.
The second garden area, demonstrating a water-wise natural garden, is unfenced and always open. There one will discover the beauty that a low water use garden can produce.

South County Teaching & Demonstration Garden

(Gilroy)
MG Field Project SCTDG

A partnership between Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County and the Saint Louise Regional Hospital Foundation has been developed in south Santa Clara county with the goal of developing sustainable gardens. The fruits and vegetables raised in this demonstration garden will be donated to St. Joseph's Family Center of Gilroy and/or the hospital cafeteria depending on their needs. SCTDG was awarded the 2014 UCCE statewide triennial Search for Excellence Award.

Sunnyvale Teaching and Demonstration Garden (STDG)

(Sunnyvale)
MG Field Project STDG

The garden within Sunnyvale's Charles Street Community Garden is open whenever the community garden gates are open. STDG Master Gardeners hold monthly public classes on organic, sustainable gardening. These techniques and principles are put into practice by using them in the MG demonstration garden. Emphasis is on use of recycled, recyclable or salvaged materials in garden construction and demonstrating organic and sustainable growing techniques.

Guadalupe Demonstration Garden

(San Jose)
MG Field Projects GDG

Guadalupe Demonstration Garden was started in 2009 through partnering with the Friends of the Guadalupe River Parks & Gardens, South Bay Water Recycling, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District. This demonstration garden is particularly interesting because this the first community garden in California to be irrigated with recycled water.

Emma Prusch Farm Park

(San Jose)
MG Field Projects at Prusch Park

Emma Prusch Park is San Jose city park located at 647 South King Road, San Jose, near the intersection of Highways 101 and 680. Master Gardeners monitor four projects at the park including a High Density Fruit Orchard, Drought Tolerant Children's Garden, Perennial Color Wheel and Rare Fruit Orchard. FFA and other youth organizations keep farm animals at the park.
A Compost Demonstration Site was set up by Master Composter volunteers showing home composting and includes several commercial composting bins including a homemade worm box.

Presentation Center Retreat Demonstration Garden

(Los Gatos)
MG Field Project Presentation

In 2004, the Master Gardeners established a new demonstration garden at Presentation Center, an international retreat and educational gathering place. Nestled in the woody foothills of Los Gatos, this organic sustainable garden provides produce for the Center's dining hall. It was established directly on the site of an abandoned tennis court by layering gravel and soil.

Berger Water-wise Demonstration Garden

(San Jose)
The Berger Water-wise Demo garden was created in Fall 2013, based on a design by Master Gardener Rebecca Schoenenberger. The garden provides a good example of what area homeowners and business might consider when replacing a lawn with drought-tolerant plants. While the garden consists primarily of California natives, there are a number of other drought-tolerant plants from areas around the world that share our Mediterranean climate. Now that the garden installation phase has been completed, we will soon begin offering seasonal, hands-on workshops on native plant pruning, long-term native garden care, drip irrigation, and sheet mulching. A downloadable .pdf plant list is available here.

Berger Edibles Demonstration Garden

(San Jose)
Berger Edible Demonstration Garden is open to the public on Tuesdays from 10:30am to 12:30pm.  People are welcome to visit the garden and feel free to ask questions while they are in the garden.  Our Master Gardener team is very friendly and we welcome the opportunity to answer questions about the plants and vegetables growing in the garden.  The plantings will change seasonally, offering a visual example of what can be grown in our Bay Area climate year round.

The Berger Edible garden will offer Open Garden Days during which the public and the county employees will have the opportunity to come into the garden and work with our team of Master Gardeners, hands on with tasks such as seeding, transplanting and soil management, composting, vermicomposting and more.  We plan to offer “Mini” presentations that will be available to both County employees and the public at large during the workweek lunch hours.  Our goal is to teach practical attainable gardening skills to both improve the life styles, healthy eating, and also benefit the environment through education and smart gardening practices

Research Facilities

McClellan Ranch Project

(Cupertino)
MG Project McClellan Ranch

Master Gardeners conduct vegetable trials to help the public learn about growing tasty alternatives to the standard vegetable varieties sold in supermarkets. Each year the MGs conduct a trial on a different vegetable, comparing growth patterns and needs as well as production and quality of produce. This field project is located at the community garden in McClellan Ranch Park, 22221 McClellan Road, Cupertino.

Associated Projects

Corporate Outreach

MG Corporate Outreach
A large underserved gardening population in Santa Clara County is the Silicon Valley high tech workforce. To reach this group, we are initiating garden areas at the various Silicon Valley corporate locations. Each garden will act as a demonstration and teaching garden, showing the high tech, corporate populous of Santa Clara County how to grow their own food as well as beneficial, native species of plants.

Gamble Garden

(Palo Alto)
MG Project Gamble Garden

At the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden Center there is an auxiliary Master Gardener office. Master Gardeners staff a hotline office and phone line to discuss any plant problems that arise. The hotline number is (650) 329-1356 and operates Fridays from 1 to 4 pm. There is also a monthly plant clinic so MGs can offer advice on plant problems. The address is 1431 Waverley Street in Palo Alto.

La Mesa Verde

(Santa Clara county)
MG Project La Mesa Verde

La Mesa Verde (The Green Table) is a newly established community program dedicated to building organic vegetable gardens at the homes of low-income families in Santa Clara County. The Master Gardener program is collaborating with the Health Trust and Sacred Heart Community Services to support this exciting, ground-breaking project.

Education Programs

Through our educational projects, we take our research-based knowledge and present it to the public. Master Gardeners offer multi-week Adult Education Courses in cooperation with a variety of schools and organizations throughout the county. 

Generation Connection

MG Generation Connection

Teaching Garden - This Santa Clara Adult Education Program class is taught at the Adult Community Education Center, 1830 Benton Street, Santa Clara. The site is a 2-acre fenced area containing community garden plots. Worm bins, compost piles, chicken coops and an on-site greenhouse add to the educational program taught by the Master Gardeners.