Martial Cottle Park Demonstration Gardens and Community Education Center
COVID-19 update: Most in-person events have been canceled. We are offering online talks and some of our demonstration gardens are open to the public on a limited basis.
Our office is closed but we are working remotely to answer gardening questions. The best way to contact us is to submit a question. We also check voice messages but response times are generally slower.
Address: Martial Cottle Park, 5283 Snell Ave, San Jose, CA 95136
Directions: Entry to the Park is free. Parking is $6. There are walkways in the Park to our garden location.
Visiting hours: Our parcel is open to the public during our working hours. Our workdays are Wednesday and Saturday from 9 am–noon. We welcome Martial Cottle Park Volunteers and the public. So stop by, enjoy the gardens, attend a class, participate in an event, or roll up your sleeves and help garden.
What to see and do
The extraordinary presence of this garden within a 287-acre agricultural setting in a County and State Park provides a unique learning environment for the public. Community hands-on training to support and encourage healthy communities and ecosystems through sustainable landscape practices is the main focus. Water conservation, green waste reduction, and local sustainable gardening practices are just a few of the classes we deliver to youth and adults in a hands-on learning environment.
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Note that all volunteers need to sign a UC ANR waiver form. Bring it with you or fill one out on your first volunteer day.
By the end of 2016, we completed construction of a 72-foot Solar Light Greenhouse. The greenhouse is used to grow most of the plants for Master Gardener projects throughout Santa Clara County. Many of the vegetables, flowers, herbs and plant seedlings grown on-site are sold at our Spring and Fall Garden Markets. Other plants are used for research and teaching purposes.