Welcome to the Middlebrook Center

  • What’s Happening

    Help the CNGF Indiegogo Campaign
    VIST & CONTRIBUTE TO OUR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN   Please help us realize our vision by donating to the California Native Garden Foundation at the Middlebrook Center. We are a relatively small non-profit, and we need your help to continue our mission to increase the popularity and use of California’s native plants, educate children and adults […]
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    Make Kids Smile with Amazon Smile
    Help CNGF without doing anything different this Holiday season Another way to financially help CNGF serve our community is by shopping for the holidays at Amazon.com. Please click through ourAmazonSmile portal. When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to California Native Garden Foundation. Bookmark the link (http://smile.amazon.com/ch/72-1562616) and support us every time you shop.You […]
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    CNGF Eating California Holiday Event
    We invite you to attend CNGF’s final monthly “Eating California” event. In celebration of the yuletide season and Silicon Valley’s rich Hispanic heritage, we will be holding a tamale-making class. Native edibles expert, Chef John Farais, will be presiding in the Middlebrook Center’s kitchen with special guest, Dolores Delao, the tamale queen, invited by Alrie […]
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    Our work with Willow Glen High School.
    Willow Geln high school   On July 2015, CNGF has just finished our work with Willow Glen HS on their school garden, in collaboration with science teacher Mr. Bursch. We focused on improving their irrigation, shade house, and building a chicken coop. Before we came in the garden was in somewhat of a state disrepair. […]
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    Manzanita ‘Howard McMinn’: a Tender Beauty
    If your garden were a kingdom, Manzanita ‘Howard McMinn’ (Arctostaphylos ‘Howard McMinn’) would be a charming and delicate princess who makes you fall in love as soon as you lay your eyes on her! Beautiful and easy to incorporate with most gardens, this evergreen shrub has been adored by generations of gardeners ever since it was […]
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    Arroyo Willow: the Cultural Pillar of your Native garden
    To many gardeners, when it comes to choosing plants for their native garden, aesthetic pleasure is not the only thing that matters. Sometimes, historical value and practical use are also taken into consideration. If you’re the type of gardener who appreciates history and the wonderful world of ethnobotany, Arroyo Willow (Salix lasiolepis) should be a good choice […]
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    Garden for Ghana – Partnerships
    To get involved with the “Garden for Ghana” project please email cngf.org@gmail.com The next visit is planned for November 2015.  One reason for the project’s success is the commitment of local and global partners to work together to achieve the common goals. People from many different backgrounds are planning, digging, composting, planting, and teaching together […]
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    Heart-leaved Penstemon: the Delightful Flames of your garden!
    As a simple fact, a sustainable garden needs lots of help from the wildlife. When insect pollinators don’t come so frequently, your poorly pollinated plants produce fewer, often misshapen, fruits and lower yields of seeds, which badly affects the garden’s productivity. If you want a healthy and productive garden, consider native plants that attract pollinator […]
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    California Wild Grape: Four Seasons of Beauty
    If you want a beautiful and affordable roof for your garden, consider planting California Wild Grape (Vitis californica) today! Under its shadow, you will have a relaxing time away from the intense sunshine of California. As seasons come and go, this deciduous woody vine also contributes a stunning, dynamic natural cover that keeps your gardening […]
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    Desert Lavender: the Charm of your Native Garden
    If you’re looking for an elegant, eye-soothing color for your native garden, Desert Lavender (Hyptis emoryi) should be among your top choices. Not only does this plant lights up your garden with charming silvery foliage and lovely purple flowers, it brings delightful lavender fragrance to your home as well. Desert Lavender belongs to the family […]
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    Garden for Ghana – Future Visits
    To get involved with the “Garden for Ghana” project please email cngf.org@gmail.com The next visit is planned for November 2015. Click here for an overview of the Garden for Ghana Project Future Visits   August 2016 A visit is being planned for August 2016   Goals of August 2016 Visit Work in progress…  to be added […]
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    2016 Outdoor Hiking Program
    CNGF Launches the 2016 Outdoor Hiking Program Learn your local native plants, burn calories and spend time with those you love Map of Los Gatos Creek Trail and St. Joseph’s Hill Open Space (hike trail shown in red) CNGF is starting its 2016 outdoor program. We invite you to subscribe and be part of a learning […]
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    01 Planet Week mornings
    Week One:             The first week of camp will focus on ideas such as the big bang, and how the Earth was created. The goal of this week is to help the kids understand their connection to the universe through teaching them about one theory that suggests we are all […]
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    01 Planet Week Afternoons
    Week One: Our Summer will begin and end with a big picture perspective. Your young Earthlings will learn how nature works on a planetary scale, from our place in the Solar System to the history of life on Earth to the cycles that make our biosphere function. Topics Big Bang Planet Formation Gravity/Orbits Space Sun/Stars […]
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    02 Ecosystem Week Mornings
    Week 2:             In this week the campers will learn the difference between terrestrial, oceanic and fresh water ecosystems by building their own terrarium. We will discuss the California ecosystem and biome, and why it is unique, and we will also talk about how ecosystems can be affected by people. This week will end on […]
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  • Our Next Event

    02 Ecosystem Week Afternoons
    Week 2:             In this week the campers will learn the difference between terrestrial, oceanic and fresh water ecosystems by building their own terrarium. We will discuss the California ecosystem and biome, and why it is unique, and we will also talk about how ecosystems can be affected by people. This week will end on […]
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Upcoming Events

Sun 14

2016 Outdoor Hiking Program

Sun, Feb 14
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until February 10, 2016
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$25
The Middlebrook Center 76 Race Street San Jose CA
Mon 06

01 Planet Week mornings

Mon, Jun 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every day until June 10, 2016
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$190
The Middlebrook Center 76 Race Street San Jose CA
Mon 06

01 Planet Week Afternoons

Mon, Jun 6 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every day until June 10, 2016
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$170.00
The Middlebrook Center 76 Race Street San Jose CA
Mon 13

02 Ecosystem Week Mornings

Mon, Jun 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every day until June 17, 2016
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$190
The Middlebrook Center 76 Race Street San Jose CA
Mon 13

02 Ecosystem Week Afternoons

Mon, Jun 13 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every day until June 17, 2016
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$170.00
The Middlebrook Center 76 Race Street San Jose CA

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