Educational activities

All programs are held at the Kohl Pumphouse in San Mateo Central Park.  Enter at 9th & Palm Avenues.
August 3, 1 – 2:30pm.
FREE Demonstration *
Demonstration and book signing by author of

"The Plant Recipe Book" *

BaylorAndBook Noted San Francisco garden design expert Baylor Chapman of Lila B. Design has a knack for creating lush compositions with live plants, tailored to any size space. With "The Plant Recipe Book" (Artisan, April 2014), Baylor brings home the techniques behind her celebrated designs, providing readers with easy-to-follow instructions for creating over 100 living centerpieces and arrangements.

Join us for a special afternoon event with Baylor, where she’ll demonstrate a series of gorgeous arrangements from her book. You'll have the opportunity to buy the book, have it signed, and take it home as inspiration to create your own dramatic, elegant, and long-lived arrangements. This book is also an excellent gift!

* Demonstration and signing are free - books are for purchase.

Photos of book jacket and author courtesy of Artisan Books.

August 3, 11:30am – 1pm (walk-in)
FREE Master Gardener Plant Clinic

The Master Gardeners are available to provide general information and also advice about specific problems.  You may bring samples of your plants (in a ziploc bag) for better diagnosis.  If you suspect insect damage, try to include some of the insects so they can be correctly identified.


Save the Date!


September 13, 2014


The San Mateo Arboretum Society’s

Garden Tour

will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
with a
Plant Sale at the SMAS Nursery
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more details CLICK HERE

Recent announcements...

A garden is born  


After months of planning, searching, digging, and planting by volunteers Carrie Ewing and Rachel Spangler, our newest feature, the gem-sized Fairy Garden was presented to the public on May 18, 2014. This was the highlight of our festive Open House event, which also celebrated the Arboretum Society's 40 years of service to Central Park and the gardening community. The Fairy Garden reflects  the magic and wonder of gardening to children and to the young at heart.

Check back soon for pictures of the celebration and the "fairy blessing" that followed.

NOTE: The Fairy Garden is located inside the Kohl Pumphouse enclosure, and only normally accessible for viewing during Nursery/Greenhouse hours. Special arrangements may be made in advance for groups of four or more wishing to view the Fairy Garden outside of those hours, by calling (650) 579-0536.