Master Gardeners of San Mateo & San Francisco Co.
University of California
Master Gardeners of San Mateo & San Francisco Co.

Plant Sales


San Mateo County Event Center - Sequoia Hall
2495 S. Delaware Street, San Mateo   [map]

Saturday, April 1, 2016

Free parking in the West Lot (near the Jockey Club) at 2495 S. Delaware Street, San Mateo.  Bring a box, basket or cart to carry your new seedlings home.

Our 8th annual Spring Garden Market is shaping up to be our biggest and best event yet! This is the UCCE Master Gardeners of San Mateo and San Francisco Counties’ signature plant sale and market, where we’ll have over 5,000 vegetable plants and herb starts for you to choose from to get your home garden started.

On sale day, arrive early to discover a unique variety of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, herbs, and other vegetables and flowers that have been expertly selected and grown for you. Our knowledgeable Master Gardener growers have painstakingly chosen plant varieties that thrive in our climate, ensuring that you’ll have a productive and flourishing garden this year.

There will be educational tables to help you select the best plants for your garden, and we’ll provide tips on how best to plant, grow and care for your new seedlings. Don’t miss our other activities and features too!

Our Spring Garden Market will be held on April 1, 2016, at the San Mateo County Event Center, Sequoia Hall, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Parking is free for the event; the entrance is located on 2495 South Delaware Street (the West Parking Lot--Jockey Club Entrance--Gate 13). Please bring a bag or a box in which to carry your healthy plants home, as well as cash or checks (no credit / debit cards) as payment.

Mark your calendars and invite your friends and family to join you at this fun and informative can’t-miss Master Gardener event. See you there – and happy spring gardening!

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2016 Plant Variety List

Here's a link to 2016's plant lists - we'll post 2017 information soon.

Help us reduce waste!

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In an effort to minimize our impact on the environment, we've created a single-page checklist for you to print and use if desired while shopping at the Spring Garden Market.  We suggest printing this page, then browsing through the slide decks below for detailed information on each variety.  Mark your selections and bring your list with you on Market Day, and thanks for helping us keep waste to a minimum.


Or download and edit the online version if you're going completely paperless!


Tomatoes rank as America's favorite home garden crop, and each year there are new and exciting varieties to grow.  Our Spring Garden Market is primarily focused on tomato plants, and this year we're proud to offer over 35 well-tested varieties.

No matter what your microclimate, taste preferences, and desired use, we've got cultivars that suit your needs.  Our expert Master Gardeners will help you select from classic, beefsteak, sauce / paste, and a whole rainbow of cherry tomato types.

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Peppers & Eggplants

In addition to our large selection of tomato plants, we offer a wide range of pepper varieties. Top-performing standard sweet bell peppers come in vibrant red, orange, and yellow. Our many non-bell varieties range from sweet Carmen to very hot Thai and Serrano chiles. 

Many home gardeners struggle to start peppers from seed, and most nurseries don't stock many types of peppers. Visit our pepper tables and add some unique varieties  to your vegetable garden this summer.

Our eggplant selection features several varieties of classic and Asian types, as well as an All-America Selections winner, Patio Baby, which produces an abundance of charming miniature eggplants and is perfect for containers.  Choose a few varieties and enjoy them all summer -- roasted, sauteed, in baba ghanoush, and on the grill.

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Back by popular demand, here's our selection of annual and perennial herbs to add fresh flavors to your cooking. We offer annuals such as dill, cilantro, and three varieties of basil you can grow right next to your tomatoes. And if you plant some perennial herbs in a permanent spot, you'll be rewarded year after year with garlic chives, rosemary, sage, oregano, and more.

Along with our herbs we offer some easy-to-grow edible flowers. Peppery nasturtiums and marigolds work triple-duty by encouraging pollinators and beneficial insects, adding vibrant hues to your garden, and punching up flavor and color when tossed in salads, floated on soups, or placed as pretty garnishes on hors d'oeuvres.

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Other Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers, and More!

Edible plants can fit in almost anywhere in a garden.  Try alpine strawberries in a hanging basket, or create a bean-trellis tunnel for your kids to enjoy.  And if you don't have any outdoor gardening space where you live, try our microgreens -- these are super-nutritious baby greens that can be harvested in 1-3 weeks and grown on your windowsill.

And, what summer garden would be complete without squash?  Here you'll find both summer and winter squash (including pumpkin) starts of many types.  If you've got any space left in the garden, fill it with tomatillos, sunflowers, and rudebeckia.

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