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

History San Jose Demo Gardens

History San Jose in Kelley Park highlights periods of Santa Clara Valley's past with 27 original and replica homes, businesses and landmarks. There are three UC Master Gardener gardens on the grounds of this beautiful park: The Umbarger Kitchen Garden, the Trolley Barn Garden, and the Firehouse Garden.

Address: History San Jose in Kelley Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112 (View map)

Directions: Enter at the south end of Kelley Park 

Visiting hours: The gardens are always open when History San Jose is open. Gardening workdays are on Tuesday when UC Master Gardener volunteers may be present at any of the three sites.

Umbarger Kitchen Garden
Umbarger Kitchen Garden
Umbarger Kitchen Garden

The “kitchen garden” behind the Umbarger house was a common feature found in the Santa Clara Valley and the Umbargers would have used it for growing vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Since 2011, we have continued this tradition. This garden demonstrates the use of organic composted soil, drip irrigation and straw mulch, and includes a mix of vegetables, herbs, annuals, and perennials, particularly salvias and sunflowers.

Trolley Barn Garden at History San Jose
Trolley Barn Garden at History San Jose
Trolley Barn Garden

The Trolley Barn was built in 1984 as a place to house and restore historic trolleys. The garden focuses on Mediterranean climate plants, with special attention to California native plants.

Firehouse Demo Garden
Firehouse Demo Garden
Firehouse Demo Garden

This building’s facade is a reconstruction of the Empire Firehouse that was located at 375 Second Street from 1869–1892. The garden showcases many selections from the 'Arboretum All Stars', a collection of tough, attractive, easy to grow plants selected by the UC Davis Arboretum.

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