Spring Garden Market — Gardening Talks and More

Audience at talkCome to the market and attend one of our Gardening Talks, visit our Ask the Experts information tables, or talk with us in our plant areas. We are here to answer your questions. Bring your plant, soil, pest, and tool questions to our Education Booths, across from the Hotel.

Gardening Talks

Join us for 45-minute talks on a variety of gardening topics, held at two different locations at the Spring Garden Market.

Handouts for some of the talks are available here.

10:00-10:45 a.m.Growing Great TomatoesGardening with Drought-Tolerant Plants
11:00-11:45 a.m.What to Do About Pests in Your GardenLove Your Santa Clara County Clay
12:00-12:45 p.m.Backyard CompostingIrrigation and Food Gardening in a Drought Year

Backyard Composting
Get an overview of what to include (and not include) in your backyard compost pile, and which compost bins and tools are offered by the County of Santa Clara Home Composting Education Program.

Gardening with Drought-Tolerant Plants
Learn which drought-tolerant and California-native plants can beautifully replace a thirsty lawn and ornamentals.

Growing Great Tomatoes
See a demonstration of planting techniques, support systems, and water requirements for growing great tomatoes

Irrigation and Food Gardening in a Drought Year
Fruit trees and vegetable plants need regular water to thrive and produce well. Learn about gardening practices that use water wisely in the food garden, so that you can continue to enjoy home-grown produce while conserving water during a drought year.

Love Your Santa Clara County Clay
Clay soil is great! Learn how to turn your clay soil into perfect soil for gardening: the best way to dig, amend, fertilize, and mulch your soil to grow great veggies.

What do Do About Pests in Your Garden
Find out how to deal with garden pests in a sustainable and proactive way using the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. Also learn to recognize, attract, and retain the beneficial insects in your garden.


Ask the Experts Information Tables

  • Hotline LIVE! Bring your questions and plant samples and learn more about what is in our gardens.
  • California Native Plants: Find out more about these plants that are perfectly adapted to our climate
  • UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars: Recommended plants selected by the UC Davis Arboretum. Tough, water-wise, and beautiful.
  • Gardening with Succulents: Learn more about these popular, drought-tolerant plants
  • Tool Care: Keep your tools sharp and in tip-top condition
  • Animal Pest Control: Got gophers, moles, voles or other critters?


Tomato, Pepper, Herb, and Flower Questions

Drop by the plant tables in each of our sales areas to talk with Master Gardeners and get your questions answered on growing, harvesting, dealing with problems, special varieties, and more!