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Demonstration Gardens

The following gardens offer examples of water-wise gardening:

Landscapes, which can be very water intensive, have a significant impact on our water supply reliablity. However, public demonstration gardens around the Bay Area offer residents examples of how to be water-wise by conserving water, improving local water quality, and improving wildlife habitat - all while maintaining a beautiful garden. 

Santa Clara County

Emma Prusch Farm Park
647 S. King Road
San Jose, CA 95116
(408) 926-5555

Firescape Demonstration Garden Site
California Dept. of Forestry & Fire Protection
Santa Clara Ranger Unit
15670 Monterey Street
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
(408) 779-2121

Gamble Garden Center
1431 Waverly St
Palo Alto, CA 94031
(415) 329-1356

Guadalupe Gardens Demonstration Rock Garden
On West Taylor Street (between Vendome and Walnut)
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 298-7657

Guadalupe Gardens Nature's Inspiration Garden
Near the corner of West Taylor St. and Walnut St.
Parking is available in the Seymour St. parking lot.

Lucie Stern Demonstration Garden
1305 Middlefield Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens 
 (408) 282-3105

Palo Alto Garden Plant List

San Jose Water Company Demonstration Garden
Corner of Bascom Ave. and San Carlos St
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 279-7900
Link to San Jose Water Demo Garden


Foothill College Native Garden
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
(650) 949-7427


Greater Bay Area

Filoli Gardens
86 Canada Road
Woodside, CA
(650) 364-8300, ext. 507

Strybing Arboretum
Golden Gate Park
9th Avenue and Lincoln Way
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 661-1316

U.C. Berkeley Botanical Garden
200 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 643-2755

East Bay Regional Botanical Garden
Tilden Regional Park
Wildcat Canyon Road
Berkeley, CA 94708
(925) 631-6614 for events and classes

Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens
2660 East Lake Avenue (Hwy 152)
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 728-2532


U.C.S.C. Arboretum
U.C. Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
(408) 427-2998

Native Revival Nursery
2600 Mar Vista Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 684-1811

Scotts Valley Water District
Water-Smart Demonstration Garden
Two Civic Center Drive
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
(831) 438-2363

Cabrillo College Botanic Gardens
6500 Soquel Drive (Building 5000)
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 479-6241

For more information, or to be added to this list, call the Santa Clara Valley Water District Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554.


SCVWD is an EPA Water Efficiency Leader award winner