About This Place
Gilroy ( /ɡɪlrɔɪ/) is the southernmost city in Santa Clara County, California, United States. The population was 48,821 at the 2010 census. Gilroy is well-known for its garlic crop and for the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, featuring various garlicky foods, including garlic ice cream. Gilroy also produces mushrooms in considerable quantity. Gilroy's nickname is "Garlic Capital of the World," although Gilroy does not lead the world in garlic production. While garlic is grown in Gilroy, its nickname comes from the fact that Gilroy Foods processes more garlic than any other factory in the world; most pickled, minced, and powdered garlic come from Gilroy.
Approximately eight miles northeast of Gilroy, via Gilroy Hot Springs Road, lies the famous Victorian resort Gilroy Yamato Hot Springs, a California Historical Landmark. Gilroy also is home to the Gilroy Premium Outlets, a large shopping center consisting entirely of factory outlet stores.
Long-time local landmarks include Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, along California State Route 152, just west of town, and Mount Madonna County Park, at Hecker Pass, about twelve miles west of town, off Highway 152. Another large presence is the Gilroy Foods plant at the southeast edge of town.37°00′06″N 121°32′27″W / 37.00167°N 121.54083°W / 37.00167; -121.54083