The new 2 acre park on the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail features playgrounds, picnic/barbecue areas, an open grass area, a native plant/pollinator garden, off leash dog area and a restroom. The Community Garden portion has a covered outdoor classroom as well as plots for children, individuals and groups to grown their own organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers
The corner of San Tomas Expressway and Monroe Street @ The San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail Head
2380 Monroe Street, Santa Clara, CA, 95051
Visit the Park
The entire park, including the play structures, has a barn theme and emphasizes the preservation and appreciation of nature. Scattered around the park stand six educational placards where "Clara The Bee" teaches us about different landscape applications we use to protect our water shed, attract beneficial pollinators, and bridges the history of "The Valley of Hearts Delight" to our present day solutions to drought. Surround each placard is beautiful and sustainable landscape design that will inspire.
Visit the Community Garden
The Neighborhood Community Garden features a mini stone-fruit orchard, teaching and display beds for workshops, a Children's Bed for visiting children to touch and taste, a grove of citrus trees from around the world, and a bee hive apiary. Garden Volunteers host Open Garden Tours multiple times a week so guests can visit.
|Community Garden Event Schedule - 2019|
|Tuesday, Dec. 3||2:30 - 4pm||Open Garden Tour|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||2 - 3pm||Second Sunday Garden Share|
|Tuesday, Dec. 17||2:30 - 4pm||Open Garden Tour|
|Monday, Dec. 23||2 - 4pm||Volunteer Work Day: Let's Make Compost|
|Community Garden Event Schedule - 2020|
|Sunday, Jan. 12||2 - 3pm||Second Sunday Garden Share & Cover Crop Workshop Part 2|
|Saturday, Jan. 25||2 - 3:30pm||National Seed Swap Day @ Teen Center (2446 Cabrillo Ave)|
|Saturday, Feb. 1||10 - 12pm||MASTER GARDENER WORKSHOP: Winter Fruit Tree Care|
|Sunday, Feb. 9||2 - 3pm||Second Sunday Garden Share|
|Wednesday, Feb 22||5 - 6:30pm||WORKSHOP: Start Seeds Indoors|
|Sunday, Mar. 8||1 - 3pm||MASTER GARDENER WORKSHOP: Growing Fabulous Citrus|
|Sunday, Mar. 8||2 - 3pm||Second Sunday Garden Share|
|Saturday, Mar. 21||10 - 12pm||Volunteer Work Day: Spring Garden Makeover|
Want a guided tour or field trip for your school, group or organization? Email the Garden Coordinator for booking.
Apply for a Garden Bed
All garden beds are currently occupied, however you may apply for an individual, ADA or Group garden bed and you will be placed in the wait list. Santa Clara residents living half a mile away, receive CalFresh benefits, are Senior Citizens, or have children in school will receive priority. There is no fee to apply.
*Online applicants will be prompted to register for the City's activity sign up platform called ActiveNet.
Not sure if you live within one-half mile of the Community Garden? See list of qualifying addresses.
More Ways to get Involved
Want to Volunteer? Do you have some gardening skills? Fill out the volunteer application and select "Community Garden at San Tomas & Monroe - Program Volunteers".
Want to get your kids involved?
The Youth Activity Center After School Program & garden-based education group, Living Classroom, has teamed up to create The Youth Garden Club. Every Wednesday for six weeks, The Garden Club will meet at the YAC then take a safe and supervised walk to the Eddie Souza Park & Community to manage a 47 foot garden bed from 2:45 – 4:00pm. The first session has started and there is still some space available for 3rd grade to 6th grade SCUSD students.
Register on the Parks & Recreation Activity Portal or call the Garden Coordinator and say "My child wants to join the Garden Club".
Fall Session 1: Sept. 25 - Oct. 23 (#18483)
Spring Session 2: March 4 - April 8 (#18571 - Register after Dec. 5)
Spring Session 3: April 22 - May 27 (#15872 - Register after Feb. 28)