UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
University of California
UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

McClellan Ranch Project

This 1500 square foot garden trials new vegetable varieties as well as demonstrating year-round gardening in both raised and in-ground beds.

Address: McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014 (View map)

Directions: We are located in the Cupertino Community Garden in McClellan Ranch Preserve. Access to our plot is via the main path through the Community Garden. We are on the right and have a prominent sign.

Visiting hours: Our workday is on Saturday mornings from 9:30–11:30 a.m. We welcome interaction with interested gardeners. Please bring your questions and samples for discussion. The Community Garden as a whole is open whenever McClellan Ranch Preserve is open, but as with any community garden, please only enter our plot (or any of our neighbors) when invited.

Fave beans grown as a winter cover crop in the McClellan demo garden
The UC Master Gardener Project at McClellan Ranch Preserve is one of the oldest demonstration garden projects in Santa Clara County.

Since 1989 the focus of the project has been to trial new vegetable varieties with the objective of providing sustainable growing information for the suburban public. We use gardening best practices in accordance with the science developed by the University of California. These practices are adapted for the home gardener.

Among the popular vegetables we have trialed are tomatoes, peppers, chile peppers, summer squash, eggplant, sweet potatoes, beans, corn and and several Asian vegetables.

Beside the trials, we demonstrate year-round gardening in raised beds and in the ground beds.

To learn about the best practice of growing and digging in a cover crop, see our how-to video Using a Cover Crop that was filmed at the McClellan Ranch Project.

Sign at the entrance of McClellan Ranch Park

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