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Montalvo Arts Center has two distinct Gardens: The Italianate Garden located at the base of the Front Lawn with a gated entryway and beautiful trees and plants lining the pathways, which lead to the Love Temple and other Italian style sculptures; and the Phelan Cactus Garden, located to the north of the Italianate Garden and showcasing a wide variety of succulents.

Additionally, the Blue Garden (located to the east of the Villa) and the Bird Garden (on the southeast side of the Great Lawn) have been curated to help enhance the natural beauty of Montalvo's grounds.

As a non-profit, member-supported organization, Montalvo relies on its volunteers and donations to sustain the legacy of Senator Phelan and complete work on projects such as the rehabilitation of the Italianate Garden. Donations to our gardens are a great way to give back to the community and are welcome in any form. If you want to spend some time volunteering to work on the garden, donate a tree, or make a much-needed tax-deductible cash contribution, please contact Volunteer Resources at 408-961-5828. 

Montalvo's Garden Curator: Del McComb