About The Event

The Plant Exchange is a 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, 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 the public.

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

Our events are 100% volunteer run! We have many opportunities and activities to choose from. See our volunteer page or email connect@theplantexchange.org for more info.

How We Grew!

PlantExchange2017-RexLu (52 of 80)_previewAfter 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 which was able to offer us a permanent home with warehouse space and room for plant propagation and other projects. Our events and warehouse are now on the grounds of Ability Now Bay Area at 4500 Lincoln Ave. in Oakland, CA.

We now have a 10-foot box truck that we use to pickup plant donations.

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