About The Event

The Plant Exchange is a twice-a-year free community event that began in Oakland, California in October 2007 as a way for our neighbors to get to know each other. It also encourages reuse, recycling, organic living, resource sharing, and information exchange.

This event rapidly grew to include gardeners, landscapers, urban farmers, and outdoor fans from all 9 Bay Area counties.

We receive plants of all types and sizes. We also have an area for tools and other garden related items and happily accept yard art, mulch, goldfish, books, equipment, compost bins, and lawn furniture.  We have master gardeners to answer questions and plant specialists to help identify donations. And, it is all free to everyone.

This one-day event is held every March and October and is the premier plant exchange in California. Hundreds of people come for each event and over 2500 plants change hands.

We have a NEW location!

After 7 years we outgrew our original Lakeshore location and moved to the block-long front yard of the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Oakland.  In 2015 we had the opportunity to establish a relationship with Ability Now Bay Area (formerly the Cerebral Palsy center for the Bay Area), which was able to offer us a permanent home with warehouse space and room for plant propagation and other projects.

The exchange takes place every March and October. Dates are usually announced about six weeks before the event, and we accept early plant donation in the two weeks leading up to it.

Questions, comments, ideas? Want to help? (510) 866-8482 or theplantexchange@yahoo.com

We look forward to seeing you!