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
When the temperatures are over 104 the Garden of the Sun will be closed on those days.
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.
Current Garden Hours are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.
Come by and view our new poppy mural.
If you are visiting as a group or home school please contact our helpline for scheduling a tour of the garden, two weeks before the date you plan to visit.
Questions about the garden, please send an e-mail to email@example.com
Fresno Master Gardener office has no office hours or phone service at this time.
What's Growing at the Garden of the Sun?
Not for the birds
Master Gardener Tony has invented a way to encourage our feathered friends to share some grapes with us and not eat them all. When the grapes are starting to ripen, he wraps several bunches of them in paper towels and sticks them into vegetable bags tied at the top. The grapes will continue to ripen but the vegetable bag will keep the birds from pecking at the fruit. Ingenious!
Plant of the Month
September plant of the month:
formerly Orthosiphon labiatus (Pink sage, Shell bush, Pink cat whiskers)
Like so many South African natives, Ocimum labiatum does extremely well in our climate. May look better with regular water, but is very drought tolerant once established and takes our worst summer heat without skipping a beat. Based on our experience at Garden of the Sun, this is one tough plant. Pink salvia-like flowers (hence the common name pink sage) cover the plant over a long period from summer throughout autumn. Heart shaped leaves have a minty fragrance. Cold hardy to at least 25 degrees Fahrenheit and probably lower when well established. Takes full sun to partial shade. Plants can easily reach 4-5 feet tall and wide with a dense rounded habit. Prune back to about 1/3 its height in late winter/early spring and top dress with compost. Otherwise maintenance free. Very attractive to butterflies. May not be easy to find in garden centers, but available by mail order.
The Deutsch Cactus Garden
GARDEN OF THE SUN EDUCATION DAY 2022
Master Gardeners on hand to answer gardening questions, free education classes offered in the garden and special events during the year!
This event was a great success.