The Garden Club

The California Nursery Garden Club is the volunteer organization that tends the gardens at the California Nursery Historical Park in Fremont, California (map).

The Garden Club works with the Math Science Nucleus and the City of Fremont to keep the gardens maintained, historic, and educational.

Normally we meet at the park on Thursdays from 10-12 and at other times as needed.

The historic display gardens of the California Nursery Company have been tended by a series of organizations over the years.

The California Nursery Garden Club was the first garden club in 1994. Soon they changed their name to the Friends of Heirloom Flowers because they worked at Shinn Park on Tuesdays and the nursery park on Thursdays. The Friends of Heirloom Flowers installed the "Butterfly Garden". They renovated the historic Display Gardens of the nursery. These beds are at least 83 years old and contain historic roses and many modern roses that are not longer sold. We are again the California Nursery Garden Club.

Read more about us here.


We meet at the California Nursery Historical Park

  • most Thursday mornings 10-noon unless it is a holiday or raining or too hot and smoky

  • Some Monday mornings 10-noon

  • Please fill out the insurance waiver forms below before coming to park if possible.

We take care of the rose garden, the Japanese/shade garden, the cactus garden, the pollinator garden, and the general grounds around the old California Nursery Company office.

Bring your sharp bypass clippers, gloves, long sleeves, and water. Roses are very thorny, so gauntlet gloves are a good idea for rose-pruning days. If you don't have tools we have some to loan.

If you would like to volunteer, you must have an orientation and fill out waivers before coming to the park. Contact us via the email at the bottom of this page. See the Volunteer page for more information.

If you are interested in other volunteering opportunities at the park, contact the Math Science Nucleus, the organization, which coordinates other volunteer days at the park.

Special volunteer events will appear in the Events on our Facebook page and on Volunteer Match.

Guide to other gardening volunteer opportunities in Fremont.



Parking during construction can be difficult at times. For the time being, there is a limited number of spaces at the chain link fence on the left as you come into the park. If there is no parking there, leave the park and turn right at the signal at the entrance. We've been assured that these spots along Niles Boulevard are legal parking spaces, even though people rarely park there!