Please note: The MOAH victory garden is seasonal and closed part of the year. For information on the victory garden please contact 650-321-1004.

What is a victory garden?

During both the First and Second World Wars, civilians were en­couraged to grow "victory gardens" to save canned produce for the military. These gardens were an important morale booster for Americans as growing, harvesting, and canning produce was some­thing anyone could do to help play a role in the war effort.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that nearly 20,000,000 victory gardens were planted across the country and about 40% of all vegetables produced in the U.S. during WWII came from victory gardens.

The Museum of American Heritage Victory Garden

This victory garden at the Museum of American Heritage replicates a garden and planting plan based on the 1943 Sunset Vegetable Garden Book. The plants are all period-appropriate as they include only varieties of vegetables, flowers and fruit available to Californians in the early 1940s.

We are most grateful to the Garden Club of Palo Alto for creating and maintaining the victory garden in the historic Williams Gardens at the Museum of American Heritage.

Interested in learning about gardening or working in the MOAH gardens? We have garden volunteer opportunities available year round. For more information please contact 650-321-1004 or Visitors are welcome to enjoy the victory garden during our open hours (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 11am to 4pm).

The victory garden is subject to seasonal closure.