Garden of the Sun Demonstration Garden
Garden of the Sun video tour
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Plant of the Month
January Plant of the Month:
Salvia gesneriiflora ‘Tequila’
(Big Mexican Scarlet Sage)
Looking for a salvia that blooms in January? A hummingbird magnet for the dead of winter? Salvia gesneriiflora ‘Tequila’ could be the answer. Brilliant red-orange flowers on contrasting black stems appear in late fall and unless hit by a hard frost, continue well into spring. This is one of the largest salvias, easily reaching 10 x 10 feet in a year, so Tequila is not for a small garden. Cutting to the ground in spring can help to control size. Being such a vigorous grower, it’s long stalks easily become top heavy and prone to breakage. To avoid this, cut back by half a few times in summer to promote branching. Plant near stronger plants that can provide support and position in an area protected from strong winds. Tequila is native to Mexico and was first found near the ancient Tequila Volcano, hence the name. Hardy to 20 degrees farenheit. Not as drought tolerant as other salvias,Tequila needs regular water yet good drainage. Avoid over watering and encourage good air circulation to avoid fungal problems. Blooms best in a sunny location but tolerates and even likes some afternoon shade. No denying that Tequila takes a little effort, but for such a winter stunner it’s well worth it.
The Deutsch Cactus Garden
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 email@example.com .
Garden Discovery Program for school and youth groups