What we're all about

Charles Street Gardens is an organic community garden in Sunnyvale, California.

 

Charles Street Gardens

We are a place where people share a love of gardening, beautify the neighborhood, provide social activities, and give gardeners and their families an opportunity to produce organic and nourishing food in a sustainable manner.

Our History

In a historic agreement with the City of Sunnyvale Parks and Recreation Department, Sustainable Community Gardens agreed to design, build, operate and manage an all organic, community garden on an approximately one-acre vacant lot adjacent to the Civic Center. Charles Street Gardens officially opened to the public on May 29, 2006.

The group designed and built eighty-seven 4’x16’ redwood raised garden beds, and five 4’x8’ three-foot high accessible beds.

We invited the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County to build a teaching and demonstration garden within the community garden, and they teach monthly classes for all interested gardeners, from Sunnyvale and the rest of the county.

Charles Street Gardens officially opened to the public on May 29, 2006.

Location & Hours

We’re located at 433 Charles Street in Sunnyvale, California. The gardens are open to the public every Tuesday from 11 am-1 pm with Santa Clara Master Gardeners available for questions more Tuesdays from 9am-11am.

Please contact us if you’d like to schedule a different time to visit the garden; we’re happy to accommodate!

Map of the Garden

There’s a lot going on inside this garden, but you’ll have to come inside to truly appreciate Charles Street Gardens. You can’t see it all from the gates!

Download a map of the garden, and then stop by on a Tuesday during open hours (or a weekend when other gardeners are at the garden) and take a self guided tour.

Meet the Chickens!

Our chicken coop is home to 7 chickens who are fed primarily from garden waste. The coop is currently working on an expansion project, but the chickens are still receiving guests while their space grows.

Come over to meet our chickens and learn more about how they help keep our garden healthy.

Greenhouses

Did you know Charles Street Garden has greenhouses? We also have demonstration gardens that are maintained by Santa Clara County Master Gardeners, who also offer free classes for the community throughout the year. Visit the garden and meet the master gardeners at one of their lectures!

FAQs

Have a question about the garden? Hopefully we can answer it for you!

Here’s a list of our frequently asked questions to help you plan your next visit to the garden or help you decide to become a gardener or volunteer.

Children's Garden

In the back of our garden near the chicken coop is our children’s garden! Come explore, water, pick, smell, and dig with us. The space is currently getting a makeover to make it even more magical for kids.

Check the events calendar or contact us to schedule a visit.

Our partners

Charles Street Gardens and Full Circle Farms are sister organizations that are both dedicated to the renewal of local, sustainable food systems.  They are under the umbrella ofSustainable Community Gardens. Donations are tax-deductible under our 501(c)3 designation.

At Charles Street Gardens, plots are utilized by Sunnyvale gardeners, classes are held on growing your own food, and a wide variety of other activities take place (like Story Time in the garden by the Sunnyvale Library).