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

Spring Garden Fair — Gardening Talks and More

Use our free Plant Check In for your purchases, then stroll through our gardens, attend a talk, or visit our information tables. We are here to answer your questions. Bring your plant, soil, pest, and tool questions to our Education Booths. We will have also have MGs throughout our demonstration gardens who will be happy to talk with you.

Gardening Talks 2023

Check back in March for the 2024 schedule

Join us for these great gardening talks and get your questions answered afterward. Talks are held outdoors in our Pavilion and will be about 20 minutes long.

10:00 am

Container Garden Success

Summer is a great time to grow vegetables and flowers in California, and many of us have limited growing space. Come hear Master Gardener Laura Westley discuss how to successfully grow a summer garden in containers.

10:30 am

How and When to Divide Overgrown Succulents

We all love succulents! Master Gardener Judy Hecht will show you how and when to divide succulents to have more for your own garden and some to share with friends.

11:00 am

Planting for Cut Bouquets and Pollinators

Flowers add such beauty to our gardens. They are wonderful to add color to your home and they draw in a variety of pollinators for a healthy garden. Come listen to Master Gardener Nella Heninger explain why you should grow flowers in your garden and how to get started.

11:30 am

Tomato Time — Planting and Growing

Are you ready for a taste of summer’s jewels? It’s time to plant tomatoes, and it’s really easy to do! Master Gardener Jim Bell will share what you need to know to grow your own great tomatoes.

12:00 pm

Garden to Glass — Put The Kettle On!

Did you know that many plants not only provide beauty, attract pollinators, and add flavor to our plates, but can also be steeped into delicious teas? Come listen to Master Gardener Monique Frappier explain how to grow plants for tasty beverages.

12:30 pm

The Chile Pepper Cha Cha

Hot, sweet, mild? How do you like your peppers? Master Gardener Jim Maley will share some helpful tips for chile pepper success.

1:00 pm

Growing, Harvesting, and Cooking Nopales

Would you like to grow a plant that is drought-tolerant, pollinator-friendly, and easy to grow? Join Master Gardner Laramie Trevino as she shares how to grow, harvest and cook with nopales.


Ask the Experts Information Tables

Bring your plant, soil, pest, and tool questions to our Education Booths.

  • Help Desk LIVE! Bring your questions and plant samples to learn more about what is in your garden.
  • California Native Plants: Find out more about these plants that are perfectly adapted to our climate
  • Tool Care: See live demonstrations of how to keep your tools sharp and in tip-top condition. Bring your own hand pruner (must be in working condition) and learn to sharpen it yourself.
  • Irrigation Troubleshooting: Chat with our team about irrigating your garden. See a demo on different irrigation options.
  • Children's Activities: Make a mini backyard composter and learn how to conduct a compost experiment at home. Look for us by the School Garden Demonstration Beds.

Tomatoes, Peppers, Herbs, Flowers, and Succulents

Master Gardeners in our sales areas will be happy to talk with you about growing, harvesting, dealing with problems, special varieties, and more!

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