Sunnyvale Teaching and Demo Garden
COVID-19 update: Our demonstration gardens are now open to the public during events and visiting hours. Masks are no longer required for vaccinated individuals. Please do not visit if you are not feeling well.
This garden showcases vegetables and ornamentals growing organically in raised beds, in-ground beds, and containers, with an emphasis on using recycled, recyclable or salvaged materials.
Address: 433 Charles Street, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 (View map)
Directions: Located in the southeast corner of Sunnyvale’s Charles Street Community Garden
- During open hours for the Community Garden
- During our workdays: Tuesdays 9 am to noon during warm weather, 10 am to noon during cold weather
- We welcome community volunteers on our workdays to work and learn side-by-side with us.
- Signs at each growing bed provides “what’s growing” and gardening technique information if we are not present to explain.
About the garden
Our garden consists of raised beds, in-ground beds, containers, and a table height accessible bed for growing annual edibles. We have 2 large beds planted in perennial California native plants selected to attract native pollinators to the garden and a shady bed of drought tolerant UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars ornamental perennials. Joining the community garden’s emphasis on sustainability in gardening, we repurposed many materials as we built the garden and we continually seek to conserve, reuse and recycle garden materials.
Key techniques demonstrated in the garden include:
- Organic and sustainable methods of gardening
- No-till and low-till growing
- Drip irrigation
- Barriers for crop protection from predation by insects, ground squirrels, tree squirrels and birds
- Cover cropping
- Encouraging beneficial insects for pest management and pollination
- Drought tolerant ornamental plants
- California native plants as ornamentals