Bernard Maybeck + Art + Gardens = The Plant Exchange’s Fall Fundraiser on 9/22

We are thrilled to showcase so many Oakland treasures this weekend at our Fall Fundraiser Bernard Maybeck’s Guy Hyde Chick House, the home’s botanical garden and 400 year old oak trees, and the homeowner’s eclectic art collection.

Here is a sneak peek of one of the curated tours guests will receive at the event! 

Bernard Maybeck

In opposition to the imitative, dumbing-down of European architecture in the Bay Area during the nineteenth century, what we have come to know as the Victorian Era, some architects – Bernard Maybeck, Willis Polk, and Ernest Coxhead – turned to craftsmanship, the use of native building materials like cedar and redwood, and a belief that architecture should harmonize with the region’s nature, climate and landscape. Influenced by the English Arts and Crafts Movement as well as the French neo-medievalist Viollet-le-Duc, Maybeck felt that ornament should not be nailed on, but should emerge from and elaborate modern constructional methods. After he moved to the Bay Area in 1892, when he was thirty, Maybeck designed houses that expressed with his own idiosyncratic sources of inspiration: Swiss chalets and concrete warehouses; quatrefoils and truss roofs. As we see in the Chick House, he produced a craftsmanship of elaboration, where the joining, interlocking and even collision of structural members or building materials became a springboard for high-wire acts of architectural design.

Mitchell Schwarzer is Professor at California College of the Arts, San Francisco and Oakland, where he teaches the history of art, architecture and urbanism. He is the author of Architecture of the San Francisco Bay Area: History and Guide, (William Stout Press, 2007).

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

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The Final Days of Summer and Upcoming Events

We downloadhave lots of fun planned for Saturday, August 14th:

9:30am – 1:30pm Fundraiser Plant Sale

  • House Plants, Outdoor Plants, Gardening Supplies and Tools, Decor, and more at 50-60% off retail prices
  • Free Admission
  • Click here for more info

2pm – 4pm Speaker Series Workshop

  • Intro To Mushroom Cultivation with Theresa Halula. Ms. Halula has been growing mushrooms indoors and outside since 2005. She is an active Permaculture Designer providing landscape services in the East Bay Region. Mushroom Cultivation is an elective toward the Landscape Horticulture Permaculture Certificate. Ms. Halula promotes understanding the ecological relationships of living organisms with the natural cycles of life, which includes the role of fungi and the ecological services they contribute as decomposers and as symbiotic partners in that dance.
  • Tickets for Speaker Series only – $10 in advance (click here) or $12 at the door


And Save the Date for our First Annual Fundraising Event!

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Questions? Want to volunteer? Give us a call at (510) 866-8482 or email us at

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Plants For Sale, Gardening Tips, How to Make Compost Tea, and More – July 14, 2018

Need new plants, trees, succulents or gardening tools? Are you an novice gardener looking for Bay Area specific gardening tips? Or ever wanted to learn how to make compost teas to beautify your plants?

Join The Plant Exchange for another full day of activities on Saturday, July 14th

9:30am – 1:30pm Fundraiser Plant Sale, Free Admission, click here for more info

2pm – 4pm Speaker Series Workshops

  • Intro To Gardening (Novice/Beginner) with Susan Fritz, Master Gardener
  • Advanced Soil Amendments (Intermediate/Advanced) with Jesse Porter, Owner and Soil Enthusiast of Oakland Garden Supply
  • Tickets for Speaker Series only – $10 in advance (click here) or $12 at the door

Questions? Give us a call at (510) 866-8482 or email us at

Interested in volunteering? Reach out to Jeff, Volunteer Coordinator, at

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Kitchen Exchange Community Event

The Plant Exchange and ITK Culinary have teamed up to host a Kitchen Exchange community event. Bring kitchen items you don’t need, and swap for something you really want! Pots, pans, cutlery, glassware, appliances, bakeware – anything kitchen related that is clean and in working condition can be brought to the exchange. Chef Doug Eng from ITK will also be hosting two cooking demos!

W H E N: Saturday, June 23rd
10am: Cooking Demo, Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Avocado Frosting
10:30am: Cooking Demo, Veggie Fritters with Siracha Aioli
11am-1pm: Kitchen Exchange

W H E R E: ITK Culinary, 1410 62nd Street, Emeryville

P A R K I N G: Street parking and two public garages (62nd/Horton and 65th/Hollis).

T I C K E T S: $8 per person (includes exchange admission two cooking demos, and a canvas tote bag). Tickets available here or at the door.

Your attendance and support helps The Plant Exchange carry out it’s mission of building community and promoting sustainability and resource sharing, and also supports ITK’s education and community programs. Learn more and get involved by emailing

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Fundraiser Plant Sale and Urban Gardening Workshop on Saturday, June 9!

Need to spruce up your garden or re-decorate your home?  Join us for our Summer Fundraiser Plant Sale this Saturday, June 9th from 9:30am – 1:30pm at 4500 Lincoln Avenue. We have a wonderful variety of plants, trees, and garden supplies at 50-60% off their retail price. See photos and flyer.

Do you need tips and info on how to prune your trees and plants?  Stay for The Art of Pruning on Saturday, June 9th from 2 – 4pm. Tony Wolcott, Professor of Arboriculture of the Horticulture division of the Biology Department at Diablo Valley College, will cover how trees grow, why pruning keeps trees healthier, how trees react to pruning, seasonal pruning, as well as examples of properly pruned trees.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.



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Large Multi Family Estate Sale and Urban Gardening Class on Saturday, May 12!

Find the perfect gift at our big Pre-Mother’s Day Estate Sale on Saturday, May 12th from 9:30am – 3:30pm. We have a wonderful variety of showroom quality house and garden items from five different estates at 50-60% off their retail price. See photos and flyer.

If you love growing good food, community building, and renewable energy, stay for Introduction to Urban Permaculture on Saturday, May 12th from 2 – 4pm. David Cody of the Institute for Urban Permaculture will share how you can use permaculture design to tie all of these goals together. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Bring your mom and get $2 off her ticket!

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Do You Have Extra Lumber?

The Plant Exchange is growing! We are expanding our storage space with the construction of new a Plant Hospital to nurture and rehabilitate unloved plants.

The storage shelves will be built out of lumber. Can you help? We can use the following flooring sizes: treated 2x4s and untreated 2x6s, 2x8s, or 2x10s. For support posts we need treated 4x4s and 4x6s. And finally we need 20 cement piers. We have a truck and can pick up the materials.

We are happy to provide you with a donation letter for tax purposes. We would need the materials by May 3rd.

Thank you so much. Time to clear out that garage!


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Expanded Plant Exchange Offerings and Schedule

Great news. After 11 years we have learned that there is a better way to serve the gardening public. Here’s how:

  • More plants, more often. We are now expanding our services to include high quality plants at 40% – 60% off retail price…10 times a year.
  • More speaker experts with how-to information. Urban Gardener Speaker series offers hands-on workshops, 8 times a year. Plus we will be able to expand our free demonstration are at the annual exchange.

Come join us…..

Schedule 2018

Feb-Sept. monthly speaker program every 2nd Saturday
Feb-Nov. plant sale (40-60% off retail) every 2nd Saturday
March: Annual Plant Exchange with expanded demo area

Note: We will no longer be hosting an exchange in October. By keeping our Spring exchange and replacing the October exchange we will be able to focus more resources on showing people how to hold their own neighborhood exchanges each October!

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Spring Out – Grow Your Garden!

April is a great time to add edibles to your garden! Join us and Jeannie Pham from StopWaste of Alameda County on Saturday, April 14 from 2 – 4pm to learn about Growing Edible Herbs and the Healthy Soil Connection. Participants will also receive a handy edible reader for reference. See more details and register online. ​​

Need to green your garden? Visit our big plant and garden sale on Saturday, April 14 from 9:30am – 1:30pm to find the perfect indoor or outdoor plant, decorative pot, or yard art for your space. See photos and flyer.

​Thank you to everyone who joined us at the exchange on Saturday! We achieved record breaking attendance. This year we will be offering you more events, more plants, and more opportunities to join us.


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The Plant Exchange is This Saturday!

Come early: We have two free garden demos starting at 11 a.m. at 4500 Lincoln Ave. in Oakland. The exchange, exhibitors, food truck, Alameda County Master Gardeners booth, and music starts at 12 noon.

Visit our “store” and Silent Auction: Shop for great gifts at a fraction of their retail value at the exchange. Whether you love being in the kitchen, art studio, garden, or pampered, we have unique speciality items for everyone.

Free mulch and compost: Bring containers to fill with rich compost and mulch donated by Stop Waste of Alameda County.

Helpers needed: Have time after the exchange from 3-6pm? We need some extra helping hands! Email

See you Saturday!

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