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

Spring Garden Market

Customers selecting peppers at garden market

Saturday, April 18, 2020
9:00 am–2:00 pm 
Note: Hours are tentative. Check back for updates.

Join us for our 26th annual Spring Garden Market, our premier plant sale and sustainable gardening showcase. It will be held at our parcel in Martial Cottle Park in San Jose, as part of the Martial Cottle Park Spring Celebration. Sales benefit the UC Master Gardener program.

Please bring a box, cart, or wagon for an easier shopping experience. No dogs except service dogs in the sales area.

Important, please note! The park opens at 8 am Cars are not allowed to line up before the park gates open. Please be respectful of the surrounding neighborhoods as well.

A note about the rough terrain

We are very excited about our parcel at Martial Cottle Park and by the great strides we have made developing it so far. However, many areas are still very rough or just covered with coarse mulch. It's important that everyone wear sturdy shoes for walking on these uneven, possibly muddy surfaces. Strollers and wheeled walkers may have difficulty navigating the mulched sales area.

Take a look at this great drone’s eye view of our parcel from 2018.

Plant Offerings

Choose from our huge variety of tomato, pepper, herb, and flower seedlings and succulents that we raise right here in the Santa Clara Valley. We grow varieties not readily available elsewhere, selected for outstanding taste, beauty, and performance in our soil and climate.

We now accept credit/debit cards!

Gardening Talks and Garden Tours

Join us for talks and tours by UC Master Gardeners throughout the day, from tips on growing great tomatoes to California native plants.

Children's Activities

Kids will have a great time in our Growing Young Gardeners area. Come by to see what fun our volunteers have in store.

Green Elephant Sale

Whatever you call it, a garage sale, a rummage sale, or a re-purposing event, it’s a great opportunity to pick up gently used tools, pots, books, trellises and more at bargain prices while benefiting the UC Master Gardener program.

Information Tables

Get your gardening questions answered by UC Master Gardeners at our Information Tables.

  • Bring plants samples to our Help Desk LIVE! table for diagnosis.
  • Bring your own hand pruner (must be in working condition) to our tool care booth and learn to sharpen it yourself.
  • Learn about waterwise plants, animal pest control, and much more.


Let our Plant Daycare watch your purchases while you attend gardening talks, browse our demonstration gardens, visit our vendors, eat lunch either from a food truck or your own picnic lunch, and enjoy the Spring Celebration taking place throughout Martial Cottle Park.

Vendors / Food Trucks

Perhaps you are in need of an embroidered gardening apron, or a jar of local Los Gatos honey? What about a Christmas Cactus or gourd birdhouse for your garden? Our vendor marketplace and food trucks will have many enticing handcrafted items to view, buy and eat. Follow the music to this part of the Spring Celebration, near the main Martial Cottle Park entrance.


The Spring Garden Market is a fundraiser to benefit the UC Master Gardener Program of Santa Clara County. We are pleased to have Martial Cottle Park and the San Jose Mercury News as supporters of our Market.

Webmaster Email: webmaster-mgsantaclara@ucanr.edu