Those of you who regularly attend our exchange events are familiar with our raffle table with a selection of beautiful products and services by local green and sustainable businesses. All proceeds go towards keeping The Plant Exchange free and open to the public. This year, we are upping our game!
This fall we have a silent auction featuring a dazzling array of high-end gift packages and items. Everything from wine tasting to consultations with a gardening expert. There is a fine selection to pick from and something for everyone. Make sure to check out the selection below and come prepared to bid, bid, bid!
Did you know we recently received a matching $12,000 grant to buy a 14-ft. moving truck? This gets us halfway to our goal!
We are running an incredible crowdfunding campaign to raise the remaining $12,000 to purchase a moving truck. Your donation right now will fuel The Plant Exchange by letting us deliver more plants, more often, to our community.
Need more incentive to donate? We have an amazing list of perks available for donors at every price level. The perks list is constantly being updated so check our crowdfunding page often to see what new rewards are available.
Thank you to the amazing organizations and companies for their generous donations. Please support them!
Alameda County Master Gardeners
Askenaz Music & Dance Community Center
Bay Nature Magazine
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Bernard Maybeck House (Oakland)
Childrens Creativity Museum
Plant Exchange Spring and Fall Bulb Planting Calendars
Freight and Salvage
Hot Spot Yoga
Lindsay Wildlife Experience
Plant Exchange Tote Bag
Museum of the African Diaspora
Oakland Museum of California
Plant Exchange Cookbooks
Richmond Art Center
Ruth Bancroft Garden
San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
Plant Exchange Sustainable Urban Gardening Speaker Series
The Plant Exchange is growing and we are passionate about plants. At a time when the ravages of climate change are rampant, I think a bit of love for our carbon-dioxide eating friends is needed, don’t you?
Today, The Plant Exchange is launching an incredible campaign to reach its $24,000 goal to purchase a moving truck. Thanks to a generous matching grant, we’re already half-way there! Your donation right now will fuel The Plant Exchange by letting us bring more plants, more often, to our community.
Help us ensure that garden supplies and materials stay out of landfills and are re-homed in our neighborhood.
Our mission is to encourage green practices and support Oakland’s designation as one of the greenest cities in the country. Throughout the year we support other non-profits and community groups by re-distributing excess plants and trees to help beautify and enrich our neighborhoods.
We recently provided Corvallis Elementary School in San Leandro with a beautiful assortment of plants generously donated by CityLeaf, an indoor plantscaping company. Just look at those before and after photos! Thank you CityLeaf for helping Corvallis Elementary School brighten and beautify their hallway.
Corvallis Elementary School (Before)
Corvallis Elementary School (After)
Below is a partial list of the places we have donated to.
Ability Now Bay Area (Oakland)
Free Oakland Up (Oakland)
AIDS Project of the East Bay (Oakland)
Hoover Elementary School (West Oakland)
American Indian Child Resource Center (Oakland)
Jewish Family Community Services (Walnut Creek and Berkeley)
American Indian Model Charter School (Oakland)
Melrose Leadership Academy (Oakland)
Bret Hart Middle School (Oakland)
Merritt College Horticulture and Landscape Department
Building Skills Partnership (Oakland)
Oakland Adult Career & Education (Oakland)
Building Opportunities For Self Sufficiency (Berkeley)
Our final Urban Gardening Speaker Series event for the year is this Sat. from 2-4pm. Get ready for the cool season by learning the Secrets of Fall and Winter Gardening with Tom Branca, past chair of the Landscape Horticulture Dept. at Merritt College.
Tom will share best practices from his 25+ years of gardening experience during this interactive and hands-on class. Bring your questions for the personalized 30 minute Q&A period after the presentation. Tickets are $10 in advance online or $12 at the door.
The Fall Plant Exchange
Saturday, October 21
12pm – 4pm
4500 Lincoln Ave, Oakland
The Plant Exchange is a community and a celebration that encourages resource sharing, reuse, recycling, and organic living. Our mission is to encourage green practices and support Oakland’s designation as one of the greenest cities in the country.
The premier program of The Plant Exchange is its semi-annual, free, one-day event where gardeners, landscapers, urban farmers, educators, and enthusiasts all come together to exchange plants, equipment, tools, and information about ways to make our urban environment more sustainable, aesthetic, and healthy.
The event also features gardening demos, food trucks, a live band, raffle prizes, and more! And, it is all free to everyone.
We are having a BIG Plant and Cookbook Sale on Saturday, Aug. 12th, from 9:30 – 1:30 pm. Inventory includes a large variety of outdoor plants, yard art, decorative pots and planters, and from a private collector, new gourmet and speciality cookbooks. Check out the vintage cookbooks from the ’30s to the 1960’s. See photos and flyer!
Stay for our next speaker event, Container Gardening for All Occasions, at 2pm. Learn everything you need to start your ornamental and edible container garden. Tickets are $10 online or $12 at the door.”
Living in a city means limited gardening space, but that doesn’t mean you can’t garden. Join us on Saturday, August 12th from 2 – 4pm for Container Gardening for All Occasions. You will learn everything from proper soil selection to decorative floral arrangements to growing healthy vegetables. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Come early for a special plant (and cookbook) sale from 9:30am – 1:30pm. New gourmet cookbooks & some vintage from the 1930’s to the 60’s. See photos & flyer.
Mark your calendar. Our last speaker event for the year will be Fall and Winter Gardening on Saturday, September 9th.
Join us for a BIG Plant Sale on Saturday, July 15th, from 9:30am – 1pm with 5 – 6 ft. tall lush indoor plants, decorative pots, and more. See photos and flyer!
Visit Cole Hardware in July and help us raise money through their Coins for the Community program! Simply drop your spare change in any collection jar or choose the “Donate” option when checking out at the register.