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Garden of the Sun Demonstration Garden

Garden of the Sun video tour

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Through its Master Gardener Program the UC Cooperative Extension in Fresno County has developed a one acre ornamental and food production demonstration garden on the south end of the City of Fresno's Reedy Park, located at Winery and McKinley Avenue, Fresno, CA.

Come and enjoy the garden with the volunteers and learn about gardening in the Central Valley. Click to view


Garden of the Sun


1750 N Winery Ave. Fresno, CA 93703

The Garden includes an extensive orchard of fruit trees, vines, and berries; beds of vegetables, herbs, perennials, small space gardening demonstrations, All-American Selections, a sun/shade garden, and a compost demonstration area in a setting designed by landscape designer, Robert Truxell. Also featured are specialty gardens for children and the physically challenged.

Garden Hours:

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Currently the Garden is closed to the Public due to the Covid 19 virus shelter in place order.

The State of California has issued a shelter-in-place order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the Master Gardener Program, UC Fresno/ Madera program is now working remotely. We are still here to answer your questions and address needs during this unprecedented situation, however no public gardening classes or workshops are offered at this time.

Questions about the garden, please send an e-mail to mgfresno@ucdavis.edu

Plant of the Month


June plant of the month

 Salvia muirii (Wild Sage)

Native to South Africa’s Western Cape, Salvia muirii is well adapted to dry sandy soils. This small evergreen shrub is long lived, very drought resistant and disease free. Tiny grey green leaves are semi folded, giving the plant an interesting texture. Lavender blue white-throated flowers appear early summer through fall. Stays under 2 feet tall and spreads by sending shoots up from the roots, an adaptation to recurrent fires in its native habitat. Prune lightly throughout the growing season to maintain a dense compact shape. Hardy in zones 9 and above. An exceptionally tough plant, Salvia muirii takes our full summer sun in stride. Needs little water once established and absolutely must have good drainage, making this a good choice for a rock garden or xeriscape. If muirii has any negatives it would be the woody stems that are fairly brittle, so avoid placing it in a high traffic area (pets, children etc). Very attractive to bees and deer resistant. 

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The Deutsch Cactus Garden

The Deutsch Cactus Garden is an extraordinary garden filled with over 250 different types of cactus and succulents. It is part of the Discovery Center next door to the Garden of the Sun. For more information and visiting hours go to the Discovery Center website.

propagation class

Master Gardeners on hand to answer gardening questions, free education classes  offered in the garden and special events during the year!

Garden of the Sun Tours

Free informal or guided tours of the garden may be arranged by sending an e-mail to mgfresno@ucdavis.edu .

Garden Discovery Program for school and youth groups

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master gardener handymen


AAS flowers

All American Selection Winners display garden. Link to their newsletter.