Hotlines, Demonstration and Research Facilities
Through our hotlines, demonstration gardens, education programs, and research projects, we further our mission to develop, adapt and extend research-based horticultural information and educational programs to the residents of Santa Clara County.
We have projects across the entire county. Check out our project locations for details on where we're working and read more about what we do below.
MG Hotline at Berger (San Jose)
The Master Gardener (MG) Hotline at Berger provides answers to gardening questions via telephone, email, and in person. Our goal is to make it easy to contact us.
- Via telephone: staffed during our office hours Monday-to-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (except Santa Clara County holidays), we’re available at (408) 282-3105.
- Via email: submissions can be made any time of day using our online form. We reply to email during office hours.
- In person: sometimes it’s just better to work face-to-face. If that’s the case, our office is on the second floor of Building #1 at 1553 Berger Drive San Jose, CA 95112. (directions Google maps) It’s recommended to call (408) 282-3105 before coming to the office.
MG Hotline at Gamble Garden (Palo Alto)
MG Hotline / Plant Clinic Hours
Fridays (February - November)
1 p.m - 4 p.m.
650-329-1356 extension 205
Second Saturday Garden Workshops
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Main house library
No reservations needed.
Elizabeth Gamble Garden (link is external)
1431 Waverley St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301 (directions Google maps)
Palo Alto Demonstration Garden (PADG)
MG Field Project 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
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)
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
MG Field Project 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
MG Field Project 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
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
MG Field Project Berger WWDG
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
MG Field Project Berger EDG
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
McClellan Ranch Garden
MG Field Project McClellan Ranch
A demonstration garden project for the public, located in the Cupertino community gardens at McClellan Ranch Park at 22221 McClellan Road, across the road from the Deep Cliff Golf Course. For many years the MGs have conducted trials on different vegetables especially Asian varieties, comparing growth patterns and needs as well as production and quality of produce.
Taylor Street Demo Garden and Growing Grounds
MG Field Project TSDG&GG
Co-located with Garden2Table, the Taylor Street Demo Garden and Growing Grounds are located at 200 West Taylor Street in San Jose just behind the bank at the corner of Taylor and North San Pedro. Master Gardeners conduct trials of ornamentals and vegetable plants to support plant selection for our program and provide information to the public regarding varietals selection in our county. Provide an educational site open to the public that leverages the unique trial focus of the raised beds and Growing Grounds infrastructure. Promote research and science literacy by teaching how the scientific method is used in determining which vegetable and ornamental varieties are selected, and how they are tested. Through classes with Garden to Table, provide education and outreach by presenting Master Gardener education programs to the local and wider community as an example of where and how food can be grown in an urban environment with limited resources.
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.
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.
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.
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.