Native Plants for Difficult Sites, a panel talk in Campbell
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Native Plants for Difficult Sites, a panel talk in Campbell

You know those difficult gardening sites: the ones that are dark all year until mid-summer, the ones under mature trees, and in those narrow side yards. Come hear our panel of designers and landscape architects provide native plant suggestions that can tolerate and thrive in some of your most challenging locations.

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Attracting CA Native Bees - Los Altos
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Attracting CA Native Bees - Los Altos

Learn how to create a California native bee garden in your yard to attract these important pollinators. This talk will introduce the most common types of native bees observed in our area as well as the California native and low water Mediterranean plants and herbs that attract them. Having a garden that provides habitat for California native bees is important for their survival. It is also rewarding and fun to watch your garden come alive as you watch these bees buzz from flower to flower collecting nectar and pollen.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Cynthia Butler

For more information, please click here.

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Compost Basics Workshop in Sunnyvale
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics Workshop in Sunnyvale

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Free!  Registration is required.

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Growing Succulents - Milpitas
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Growing Succulents - Milpitas

Learn how to grow and propagate succulents. Come join us for a free library talk on Growing Succulents, presented by UCCE Master Gardener Judy Hecht. Judy will discuss how to take care of succulents including the right amount water, sunlight, types of soil, and different types of pots. She will also discuss succulent varieties, common succulent pests and how to use succulents in the landscape.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Judy Hecht

For more information, please click here. 

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Worm Workshop in Palo Alto
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Worm Workshop in Palo Alto

  • Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have you ever wondered what to do with all your food waste? How about feeding it to worms? Join us for a look at a unique method of managing home kitchen scraps, which turns trash into a valuable treasure – gardener’s black gold. Vermicomposting is the practice of feeding worms food scraps and in turn they produce a beneficial soil amendment called worm castings. At this workshop you will learn to build, maintain and troubleshoot a worm bin. For beginners to experienced composters, this workshop will be an opportunity to explore and ask an expert questions about composting using worms. I bet you never had a pet this productive!

Free!  Registration is required.

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Compost Basics Workshop in San Jose
Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

Compost Basics Workshop in San Jose

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Free!  Registration is required.

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Compost Basics Workshop in Cupertino
Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics Workshop in Cupertino

  • Environmental Education Center at McClellen Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Free!  Registration is required.

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Native Plant Sale at Hidden Villa - Los Altos Hills
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Native Plant Sale at Hidden Villa - Los Altos Hills

Scores of species of California native plants well-suited for our gardens and wildlife will be on sale at the CNPS SCV Nursery at Hidden Villa Ranch from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on October 20. Native plant books, posters, and note cards will also be available.

This sale is organized by the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). Come early for the best selection. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted. Bring boxes to carry purchases home. Free parking. No pets.

For more information, please click here

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Fall Garden Market at Martial Cottle Park - San Jose
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Fall Garden Market at Martial Cottle Park - San Jose

  • Martial Cottle Park (Master Gardener Area) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for Martial Cottle Park's Harvest Festival, including our Fall Garden Market. The Harvest Festival celebrates the agricultural heritage of the Santa Clara Valley and the newest park in the county. There will be food, entertainment, park tours, and more. 

Our Fall Garden Market offers a bounty of winter vegetables and flower seedlings that thrive in our cool winter conditions and will keep your garden producing year round. Vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, kale, chard, peas, many varieties of lettuce and other salad greens, plus much more. Come get inspired! New this year: Heirloom garlic varieties.

We will also have talks by UC Master Gardeners, children's activities, a Green Elephant sale, and Help Desk LIVE! where you can ask questions and bring in samples for diagnosis.

Cost: $6 parking at Martial Cottle Park.

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Compost Basics Workshop in San Jose
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics Workshop in San Jose

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Free!  Registration is required.

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Gardening with Succulents - Palo Alto
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Gardening with Succulents - Palo Alto

Join us to learn about the beauty of succulents. Whether in the ground or in containers, these diverse, low water plants are a welcome addition to your garden. Among the topics discussed will be maintenance, growing in the ground versus in a container, water requirements, propagation, and pests.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Kathleen Heckler

For more information, please click here.

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California Native Plants for your Landscape - San Jose
Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

California Native Plants for your Landscape - San Jose

Learn the benefits of gardening with California native plants  that can attract butterflies, birds, beneficial insects and pollinators! Master Gardener Allie Judy will cover design basics, installation, watering and some favorite reliable drought tolerant plant families. Come with questions!

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Allie Judy

For more info, please click here.

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Succulents: Amazing Additions to your Garden - San Jose
Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

Succulents: Amazing Additions to your Garden - San Jose

  • Berryessa Branch Library - Community Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Succulents make amazing additions to a garden. Their shapes, colors, flowers, and textures can add variety to any planting bed or container. And, because they come from semiarid regions with irregular rainfall they are great drought-tolerant plants for Bay Area gardens. UC Master Gardener Kathleen Heckler will tell us how to care for succulents, both in landscapes and in containers. She’ll cover what the water and sun requirements are, how to propagate them, their pests (how to recognize them, how to deal with them) and dormancy. After the talk, we’ll have our seed and plant exchange, so if you have any seeds or plants you’d like to share please do bring them.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Kathleen Heckler

For more information, please click here.

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Compost Basics Workshop in Santa Clara
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics Workshop in Santa Clara

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Free!  Registration is required.

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Easy-to-Grow Native Plants in Los Gatos
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Easy-to-Grow Native Plants in Los Gatos

Are you looking to start a native plant garden in order to save water, add habitat, and create beauty? Are you new to growing drought-tolerant native plants? Do you want to include them in your garden for beauty, habitat and sustainability, but don’t know where to begin? Come to this talk and learn about the many easy-to-grow native trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals for the home garden. Many of these plants are native to our local area and will thrive with just a little water and care.

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Composting Basics Workshop in Sunnyvale
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Composting Basics Workshop in Sunnyvale

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Free!  Registration is required.

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All-Star Plants for the Native and Water-Wise Garden - San Jose
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

All-Star Plants for the Native and Water-Wise Garden - San Jose

The UC Davis Arboretum horticultural staff have identified 100 tough, reliable plants that have been extensively tested and shown to:

  • Be easy to grow
  • Not need a lot of water
  • Have few problems with pests or diseases
  • And have outstanding qualities in the garden

Many of these are California native plants and support native birds and insects. Master Gardener Rebecca Schoenenberger will discuss these “All-Star” native plants and describe their care and growing conditions.

For more information, click here.

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Native Bees, a talk by John Kehoe in Sunnyvale
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Native Bees, a talk by John Kehoe in Sunnyvale

We all know about the European honey bee, but what about the native bees that live here in the Santa Clara Valley? These local insects help pollinate your ornamental and edible plants, too! Once you know what to look for, you’ll see over a dozen bee species that live in our urban setting—especially among locally-growing native plants. Find out how planting even a few select natives can enrich your garden and attract even more native (and honey) bees.

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Composting Basics Workshop in Palo Alto
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Composting Basics Workshop in Palo Alto

  • Cubberly Community Center Room H-1 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Free!  Registration is required.

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Composting Workshop in San Jose
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Composting Workshop in San Jose

  • Martial Cottle Park Demonstration Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Registration is required.

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Maintaining Native Gardens and Leak Detection in Palo Alto
May
26
9:00 AM09:00

Maintaining Native Gardens and Leak Detection in Palo Alto

  • Mitchell Park Library, El Palo Alto Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how maintenance of water-conserving landscapes differs from that of traditional landscapes, including the care and maintenance of native and drought-tolerant plants, soil, and irrigation devices. The lecture will also cover a brief detecting irrigation system issues such as leaks and clogs and how to clear them.

Free.  Register here: http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/signup2/

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Using Graywater in Your Native Garden Workshop in Saratoga
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Using Graywater in Your Native Garden Workshop in Saratoga

Come learn how you can install a simple laundry-to-landscape system, get a rebate for installing it, and which native plants are best suited for this type of irrigation—the most sustainable and cost-effective graywater systems after catching shower water in a bucket! Attending this free workshop will help participants qualify for the District's graywater rebate$200 (up to $400 in some areas).

To receive specific assistance during the workshop, bring a few photos of your laundry area and landscape to be irrigated with graywater.

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Free - Worm Workshop in San Jose
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Free - Worm Workshop in San Jose

  • Emma Prusch Farm Park Meeting Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have you ever wondered what to do with all your food waste? How about feeding it to worms? Join us for a look at a unique method of managing home kitchen scraps, which turns trash into a valuable treasure – gardener’s black gold. Vermicomposting is the practice of feeding worms food scraps and in turn they produce a beneficial soil amendment called worm castings. At this workshop you will learn to build, maintain and troubleshoot a worm bin. For beginners to experienced composters, this workshop will be an opportunity to explore and ask an expert questions about composting using worms. I bet you never had a pet this productive!

Registration required: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=22490

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Native/Drought Tolerant Plant Installation and Maintenance in San Jose
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Native/Drought Tolerant Plant Installation and Maintenance in San Jose

Discover how and why native and drought tolerant plants need less water, and how to plant and care for them. Learn how to prune parts of native plants, such as branches, buds, and roots to improve or maintain their health. Dress for the elements! Wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and bring water. Tools and light refreshments will be provided.

Registration Required  http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/signup2/

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Culinary Herbs - San Jose
May
16
6:30 PM18:30

Culinary Herbs - San Jose

Easy to grow culinary herbs can offer big savings! This talk is designed to acquaint the home gardener with a basic understanding of how various herbs are grown. Instructions on when to harvest and how to preserve many common herbs will also be given by Master Gardener, Janet Waagen.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Janet Waagen

Cost: Free

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Compost Basics Workshop in Sunnyvale
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics Workshop in Sunnyvale

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot!

Registration required: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=22480

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Water Efficient Edible Gardening in Sunnyvale
May
12
9:00 AM09:00

Water Efficient Edible Gardening in Sunnyvale

Learn how to reduce water needs in your garden by growing seasonal edible vegetables that you can harvest all summer long. This class will also cover how to incorporate organic maintenance techniques into seasonal vegetable gardening such as how to use compost and cover crops.

Free.  Registration required: http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/classes

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Native Plant Gardening in Pots, a talk by Pete Veilleux in Redwood City
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Native Plant Gardening in Pots, a talk by Pete Veilleux in Redwood City

Dress up the smallest of spaces using native plants in containers. Containers allow you to provide exactly the right soil, sun, and drainage conditions for those picky natives that you’ve always wanted to grow. See how creative you can be recycling pots and combining different textures and color for an ever-changing garden display.

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Creating a Children’s Garden - Gilroy
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Creating a Children’s Garden - Gilroy

The benefits of getting children involved in gardening are numerous: science, exercise, connecting to nature, healthy food and more! Join us to explore planning a summer garden with your children. We will discuss ways to make your garden attractive to children and easy to manage as well as recommend plant selection. Let us help you get your kids excited about gardening while they discover different plant textures, scents, the joy of harvesting, tasting their own vegetables, and learning about insects and soil!

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Easy-to-Grow Native Plants Class in San Mateo
May
6
1:00 PM13:00

Easy-to-Grow Native Plants Class in San Mateo

Are you looking to start a native plant garden in order to save water, add habitat, and create beauty? Are you new to growing drought-tolerant native plants? Do you want to include them in your garden for beauty, habitat and sustainability, but don’t know where to begin? Come to this talk and learn about the many easy-to-grow native trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals for the home garden. Many of these plants are native to our local area and will thrive with just a little water and care.

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FREE - Worm Workshop
May
6
10:00 AM10:00

FREE - Worm Workshop

Have you ever wondered what to do with all your food waste? How about feeding it to worms? Join us for a look at a unique method of managing home kitchen scraps, which turns trash into a valuable treasure – gardener’s black gold. Vermicomposting is the practice of feeding worms food scraps and in turn they produce a beneficial soil amendment called worm castings. At this workshop you will learn to build, maintain and troubleshoot a worm bin. For beginners to experienced composters, this workshop will be an opportunity to explore and ask an expert questions about composting using worms. I bet you never had a pet this productive!

Registration Required: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=24462

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Graywater Workshop in San Jose
May
5
1:30 PM13:30

Graywater Workshop in San Jose

Graywater Workshop at the Martial Cottle Park Spring Celebration

Learn how to safely reuse water from washing machines to irrigate your landscape. This free class will discuss residential graywater reuse, common types of graywater systems, garden-friendly soaps and detergents, and how to construct a laundry to landscape graywater system. Attending the workshop will help participants qualify for the District's graywater rebate$200 ($400 in certain areas).

This workshop will be held during the Martial Cottle Park Spring Celebration between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. after other exciting gardening talks offered throughout the day.

To receive specific assistance during the workshop, bring a few photos of your laundry area and landscape to be irrigated with graywater.

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Drip Irrigation for Your Garden - San Jose
May
5
12:30 PM12:30

Drip Irrigation for Your Garden - San Jose

  • Martial Cottle Park, UC Master Gardener Parcel in the Teaching Pavilion (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a talk about Drip Irrigation. We will discuss how to tell when your plants need water, the many ways to irrigate your garden, and explain the uses, benefits, and drawbacks of drip irrigation systems. We will then explain all the parts and pieces involved in a drip system and how to install one in your garden.

Participants should wear closed-toed shoes, layered clothing, and a hat, as the class is held outdoors in our Pavilion. A refillable water bottle, notebook and writing implements are recommended. Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to park and sign in. Please note: the park charges $6.00 for parking, or you can park on Chynoweth Avenue near Vauxhall Circle for free.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Hank Morales

Cost: Free

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Creating a Habitat Garden - San Jose
May
5
11:00 AM11:00

Creating a Habitat Garden - San Jose

  • Martial Cottle Park, UC Master Gardener Parcel in the Teaching Pavilion (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Would you like to invite more native wildlife into your garden? Come join us for a talk about Habitat Gardening, where we will explain the benefits of creating a habitat garden, and how to get started creating your own habitat garden. We will discuss what elements make up a habitat garden and which plants work best in our area. After the talk, we will tour our habitat garden to give you ideas for your own garden.

Participants should wear closed-toed shoes, layered clothing, and a hat, as the class will be held outdoors in our Pavilion and in the garden. A refillable water bottle, notebook and writing implements are recommended. Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to park and sign in. Please note: the park charges $6.00 for parking, or you can park on Chynoweth Avenue near Vauxhall Circle for free.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Cynthia Butler

Cost: Free

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Drought Tolerant Planting and Design in Milpitas
May
5
11:00 AM11:00

Drought Tolerant Planting and Design in Milpitas

Designed for beginners interested in landscape design or for residents planning to replace their lawn with a water efficient landscape, this class is a step-by-step overview of basic landscape design principles. Learn about plant arrangements, create layouts using a hands-on design template tool, and have your questions answered by a professional landscape architect.

Registration required http://bawsca.org/conserve/programs/signup2/

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Good Bugs / Bad Bugs: Recognizing and Attracting Beneficial Insects to the Garden - San Jose
May
5
10:30 AM10:30

Good Bugs / Bad Bugs: Recognizing and Attracting Beneficial Insects to the Garden - San Jose

  • Martial Cottle Park, UC Master Gardener Parcel - Teaching Pavilion (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

California has relatively few pests that bother the home garden. Most can be managed by proper culture, plant selection, and encouraging pest predators. Come learn what you can do to attract beneficial insects into taking up residence in your garden.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to park and sign in. Please note: the park charges $6.00 for parking, or you can park on Chynoweth Avenue near Vauxhall Circle for free.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Susan Hare

Cost: Free

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Compost Basics- FREE
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics- FREE

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot!

Registration Required: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=22502

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Martial Cottle Park Spring Celebration - San Jose
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Martial Cottle Park Spring Celebration - San Jose

  • 5285 Snell Avenue San Jose, CA 95136 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A delightful family day focused on the agricultural heritage of the Santa Clara Valley. There will be children’s activities, UC Master Gardener seedling sales, local craft makers from San Jose Made, and more. Meet the animals at the 4H parcel and visit the petting zoo.

See Martial Cottle Spring Celebration for full information.

Free admission; parking $6.

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