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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

Salvia gesneriiflora ‘Tequila’

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.

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sugar baby watermelon GOS

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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AAS flowers

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