The San José State University
— What is it?
The Botany Garden in spring!
The SJSU Botany Garden is one of a handful of green spaces in the city of San José dedicated to California's native plants. The Garden had its origins in the mid 1980s when a 4000-square-foot lawn outside Duncan Hall was cleared and converted to a home for native plants and a habitat for wildlife. Over the years the Garden has been cared for by students, staff, and faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences. The Garden has served as a natural laboratory for a number of courses, including Foundations of Biodviersity (Biology 1A), Plant Taxonomy (Botany 104), Plant Communities of California (Botany 165), and Physiological Ecology (Biology 106/106L). In addition to classroom use, there are two ways by which students may participate in research and educational opportunities in the Botany Garden. A recent grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust has funded the creation of an internship program in which students learn about the propagation and cultivation of California native plants. Additionally, the Botany Garden is now a registered site with the National Phenology Network (NPN), in which long term patterns of phenological shifts associated with climate change are being observed and recorded in the NPN database.
— What's in it?
You may click on the blue dots on the garden map (Credit: Shannon Dinis) below to view the detailed informations about the plant on that spot.
Our Botany Garden contains 91 species of California native plants in 42 families. You can click on some of the names below to get more information, with photos of the plants; additional species description pages will be added in the months to come. The colored boxes indicate flowering time.
: Spring (Feb-May)
: Summer (May-Sep)
: Fall (Sep-Dec)
: Winter (Dec-Feb)
: Year round
narrow leaf milkweed
San Francisco wallflower
Western sword fern
purple bush lupine
coast live oak
silk tassel bush
Jones' bush mallow
sticky monkey flower
scarlet monkey flower
heart leaved penstemon
"Point Molate" & "Jughandle" red fescue
Anchor Bay California lilac
Pine Hill ceanothus
holly leaf cherry
Cedros island verbena
California wild grape
— Where is it?
View Larger MapThe Botany Garden is located on the main SJSU campus, on the north side of Duncan Hall. You can find Duncan Hall on SJSU's online campus map; the Garden is then roughly between Duncan Hall and MacQuarrie Hall. You can get to SJSU using these driving directions, or take the Caltrain to San José Diridon Station and walk east along San Fernando Street for about twenty minutes.If the walk from Diridon Station sounds long, one alternative is to take the VTA light rail from the station. It leaves from a platform within the station, reached via the underground tunnel that connects all the platforms. Catch the Winchester line towards Mountain View, and get off at the Paseo de San Antonio station. From there, it is a short walk towards 4th Street to get to Duncan Hall.Another option from San José Diridon Station or other points downtown is to take the VTA Dash shuttle, which will drop you off on 4th Street about a block from Duncan Hall. It leaves from the bus area just outside of the station's main building. Don't get off at the San José State University / Martin Luther King Library stop; wait for the next stop, at 4th and San Carlos. Then walk east onto campus and Duncan Hall will be ahead and to your right.
— Past & upcoming eventsMarch 2012 : Work days!
Students from the Biodiversity Club, the Biology Students Association, and the Environmental Resource Center worked to weed, prune, and plant on two Saturdays in March. Thanks to everybody who contributed their time, money, and labor to making this a success!
April 2012 : Mulch day!
Earth day demonstration. Student volunteers applied mulch donated by Green Waste, enabling us to greatly increase water conservation in the garden.
Ongoing: Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust Internship Program.
Interns conduct research into native plant propagation and cultivation, and make phenological data observations that are recorded with the National Phenology Network. If interested, contact Dr. Lambrecht.
— In the news(April 2012) Spartan Daily
(February 2009) SJSU College of Science newsletter
— Other linksSJSU's Botany Garden official page
SJSU's Biodiversity Center
SJSU's Environmental Resource Center
SJSU's Carl W. Sharsmith herbarium
The National Phenology Network
Calflora botanical resource
California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley chapter
— Funding for the Botany Garden has been provided by:
Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust
The Ecological Society of America's SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability)
Thanks to the various books and websites we used as references in the making of this website.
This website is by Department of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University. All rights reserved.
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