Events and Educational Classes

All programs listed below are held at the Kohl Pumphouse in San Mateo Central Park.
Enter at 9th & Palm Avenues, follow path to iron dog statue.  Go through white gates to the left of the statue, and the Pumphouse is behind the Victorian fountain.

Nursery/Greenhouse * Plant Sales

Open Tuesday, Thursday: 10am – 2:00pm.  Sunday: 10am-Noon
Ph. (650) 579-0536

* Become an SMAS member and receive a 10% discount in addition to supporting San Mateo Central Park

Sunday, October 4


Master Gardener Plant Clinic
Veggie Seedling Sale
11:30am – 1pm FREE

Last chance to plant your Fall/Winter vegetable garden.  Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Sugar Snap Peas and Swiss Chard.  $5 for a 6-pack.

Come anytime between 11:30am – 1pm.  The Master Gardeners are available to answer your questions from general information to advice about specific problems.  You may bring samples of your plants for better diagnosis. Use a Ziploc or similar bag to carry your sample. If you suspect insect damage, try to include some of the insects so they can be correctly identified.

Choice California Natives for Your Garden
1 – 2:30pm FREE

Go Native, Stay Modern
A color slide presentation of choice California native plants for Bay Area gardens, rendered through a modern lens by Geoffrey Coffey, of Bay Natives Nursery and Madrono Landscape Design Studio in San Francisco. Native plants are wildlife friendly, drought-tolerant, and locally appropriate — not to mention beautiful. Learn how you can weave native plants and fine materials, putting color, texture, and aroma into the landscape.
Green walls, low-voltage LED lighting, and architectural waterfalls count among our favorite associated design elements.
See especially this collection of Coffey’s articles from the San Francisco Chronicle:

Bio: Geoffrey Coffey is president of Madrono Landscape Design Studio, a licensed design/build landscape contractor in San Francisco, and he is general partner of Bay Natives Nursery, the purveyors of local Bay Area native plants and other treasures. Coffey’s monthly column on native plants, “Locals Only,” ran for years in the San Francisco Chronicle. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.

Sunday, November 1

Coexisting Humanely with Urban Wildlife
1 – 2:30pm FREE

Patrick Hogan, Supervisor of Wildlife Care with the Peninsula Humane Society, will discuss his organization’s work and mission and how that relates to local gardeners and home owners dealing with urban wildlife challenges.

Sunday, December 6

Wreath Making Workshop
9:15am & 11am (1 hour each).
Fee: SMAS Members $15/wreath; nonmember $25/wreath.

Reservations are required, so call 650-579-0536 x3 or 650-574-1677
Greens, frame and ribbon will be supplied. Bring your imagination, pruning shears & gloves. By using colorful greens and cuttings from the San Mateo Central Park, you will be able to create a one-of-a-kind beautiful wreath. This is a family activity appropriate for all ages. Space is limited, so call for reservations.